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The Return of King Crimson
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Nov 19, 2007

Ending weeks of speculation in various online communities, Robert Fripp has revealed in his latest online diary that drummer Gavin Harrison (of Porcupine Tree) will be joining King Crimson.

The band will be playing a series of live dates in Chicago’s Park West – most recently the venue to RF and the LoCG appearance in the windy city.  Fripp notes “Park West is a fave venue, and one I have been working for 27 years. The LCG were here in 1989 & 1990…This is also the venue where, according to our current plans for King Crimson’s return to active-service in 2008, preparatory to the 40th. Anniversary Celebration of 2009, The Beast Of Crim will be playing a 4-night residency in August 2008 with KC’s third double-drumming formation.

The first formation: Jamie Muir & Bill Bruford (1972-73);
the second formation: Pat Mastelotto & Bill Bruford (1994-97);
the third formation: Pat Mastelotto & Gavin Harrison.

A fourth double-drumming formation, of 1981-84 (Adrian & Billy B), doesn’t quite count as Adrian’s primary focus was in the front line.”

Harrison is one of the most respected drummers of his generation, adding a prodigious technique to the work of Porcupine Tree as well collaborating with Jakko Jakszyk on The Bruised Romantic Glee Club, and most recently, Drop – an album with bassist and singer, 05Ric and also featuring contributions from Fripp. Some may recall Drop was featured as a DGMLive giveaway (see my review on the blog), perhaps hinting at Harrison's proposed involvement. Only DGMLive  regular, Chocolatefireguard, spotted the listing on King Crimson's myspace site: the top four musicians have been there for a couple of months now.

More details will be announced regarding  rehearsal schedules and ticket availability as soon as we get them.


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Extra Chicago Date
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jul 28, 2014
An extra night at the Vic Theatre, Chicago has been added to the forthcoming tour. King Crimson will perform on Saturday 27th September. Tickets go on sale Friday August 1st.


Papa Pics
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jul 28, 2014
Tony Levin has updated his gallery of photographs from King Crimson's rehearsals at Elstree Studios.

Here's an overview of the space the band are working in from Pat Mastelotto's Facebook page.



Iconic Shows?
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jul 27, 2014
Picking up on a comment on the guestbook, site visitor Becarmi came up with this list of favourite shows. As you can see it's quite a list. What would be on yours?

Where to begin: Some suggestions

King Crimson

September 07, 1969 - Jazz Club (Bootleg sound), Chesterfield, England 

August 10, 1971 - Marquee, London, England

October 13, 1972 - Zoom Club (Bootleg sound), Frankfurt, Germany

October 23, 1973 - Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland

April 29, 1974 - Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA

November 23, 1981 - The Roxy (Bootleg sound), Los Angeles, California 

August 26, 1982 - Arena Cap D’Agde, France

November 01, 1995 - Music Hall, Austin, Texas


October 24, 2000 - House of Blues, Los Angeles, California

August 11, 2001 - Community Theater, Berkeley, CA

November 14, 2003 - Ulster Performing Arts Centre, Kingston, New York


ProjeKCt Six

East Coast Live 

ProjeKCt Four

October 27, 1998 - Richard’s On Richards, Vancouver, British Columbia

ProjeKCt Three

March 23, 1999 - Cactus Cafe, Austin, Texas

ProjeKCt Two

June 05, 1998 - Park West, Chicago, Illinois

ProjeKCt One

December 01, 1997 - Jazz Cafe, London, England


More Cowbell - KC Rehearsals
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Jul 26, 2014
Some more photos from Pat Mastelotto’s Facebook page snapped at the KC rehearsals, including something you don’t see everyday - Robert playing keyboards...





and finally the view from above: in the words of Mark Coleman "This isn’t a band, it’s an army!"






Fripp & Eno Live In Paris
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jul 25, 2014
Live In Paris. the long-awaited archive live album from Fripp & Eno is now available for pre-order.

Live In Paris 28.05.1975 will be released on September 15th and can be obtained from Inner Knot for US costumers and Burning Shed for UK and Europe.

 

The subject of many poor quality bootlegs, this concert - one of only a handful undertaken by Fripp & Eno - is routinely described as ‘legendary’.

Hearing the tapes in fully restored audio quality, it’s easy to understand why it attracts such reverence now and perhaps, why the shows attracted such hostility then. No Roxy Music hits, No King Crimson riffs, just a duo sitting in near darkness with a reel to reel tape recorder, improvising over the pre-recorded loops with a filmed background projection. Replace the reel to reel machine with a couple of laptops/iPads/sequencers and the core of much current live performance from electronica to hip-hop was there some thirty years in advance. At the time, audiences responded to such a glimpse of the future with booing, walkouts and general confusion.

Thanks to the discovery and restoration of the original backing tapes, it was possible - with much painstaking restoration work by Alex Mundy at DGM - to isolate, de-noise and match the live elements from the performance tapes to the studio loops to produce the final recording.

* CDs 1 & 2 feature the complete concert with full audio restoration synched with the original studio backing loops as used in the performance.

* CD3 features the backing loops without overdubs.

* CD3 also features the reversed loop for Wind on Water as used on the Evening Star album.

* CD3 also features Later On, edited from No Pussyfooting & originally the b side of Eno’s first solo single Seven Deadly Finns.

With the exception of the last two items this is the same concert that was first made available for download via DGMLive.

Travis & Fripp's Discretion
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jul 25, 2014
There's a new collection of material from Travis & Fripp coming out.



Featuring material drawn from concerts in Cornwall, Barcelona and Rome, Discretion is the fourth Travis & Fripp album.

The album is set for release on 15th September and can be ordered from Inner Knot for USA and Burning Shed for Europe.

Recorded to hi-res multi-track with minimal studio overdubs prior to being mixed down to hi-res stereo, the album is presented in a two disc CD/DVD-A format in a digi-pack at a special price, enabling the music to be heard, as intended, in hi-res audio form on the DVD-A (playable on all dvd players).

Travis & Fripp's music moves from the small-scale and intimate to an epic grandeur filled with blissful reverie and, on occasion, mournful reflection.

A masterclass in empathy, invention and vision, the album features two additional audio tracks previously only available on video (including the stunning Rhapsody On The Theme From Starless, an improvisation based on one of the most beloved King Crimson tracks).



"15 Years Of Utter Bollocks"
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jul 24, 2014
Chris Ruen writes that arguments in favour of digital piracy are drivel. 


Vote For The Road To Red
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jul 24, 2014
The Road To Red, the multi-disc box set documenting King Crimson's final American tour of 1974, has been nominated for an award at the 2014 Progressive Music Awards.




The box set has been nominated in the Grand Design category of the awards organised by Prog magazine.

If you'd like to see King Crimson and The Road To Red win this year then you'll need to register at the awards website and do the Crims proud.



KC's Sax Appeal
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jul 24, 2014
Another snap from Trev Wilkins’ camera captures the array of Mel Collins’ brass that’s an essential part of the new KC sound.




Meanwhile over on his Facebook page Pat Mastelotto has posted these fabbo pix which gives you quite a different perspective.










For Flux's Sake
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jul 23, 2014
Adrian Belew's long-awaited Flux app took a step closer to reality as this brand new website indicates with plenty of screen-shots.  Belew will be in Europe next week at an industry-only event at Amsterdam's Paradiso. Read all about it here.  


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