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New band not necessarily a new show

For almost 50 years, King Crimson was at the forefront of rock music. Virtuosos musicianship and genius songwriting kept the band forward thinking and progressive. In 2013 bandleader Robert Fripp announced a new band consisting of himself on guitar and mellotron, Mel Collins on saxophone flute, Tony Levin on bass instruments and vocals, Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Bill Rieflin on drums and percussion and Jakko Jakszyk on guitars, lead vocals and flute. This lineup toured the world, performing spirited versions of Krimson classics and new songs written by Fripp specifically for this band. The tours received rave reviews and fans everywhere hailed the return of “The Seven Headed Beast of Krim.” Despite all this, something’s missing. Many fans speculate that it's the loss of Adrian Belew; a 30 year veteran of the band who performed lead vocals and guitar from the 80s lineup until 2013. Regardless something was clear: King Crimson was nowhere near as progressive as it had been in the past. This band had pioneered progressive rock, introducing the mellotron in the 60s, mixing studio and live improvisations in the 70s, the chapman stick in the 80s, MIDI and Warr Guitar in the 90s and electronic math rock in the 2000s. This lineup, despite its virtuosity and showmanship, truly offered nothing new to the world of music instead returning to flute and mellotron heavy sound of their 60s and 70s output. This album, recorded at Toronto’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre on November 20, 2015 is a document of a band trying to find it’s place after being ahead of the curve for so long. Despite this possible drawback, the band puts on a solid 2 hour performance spanning the Robert Fripp’s illustrious career as leader of King Crimson.

New Crim

Three drum kits on the live front line. Amazing how this works. Compositions are ever evolving with Crimson.

one drummer too many

Three drummers makes this would be seminal release from Crimson a bit overblown along with it’s strange mastering. Fripp could have easily replaced one of these drummers with a keyboardist to strengthen the “back end"


Formed: 1969 in England

Genre: Prog-Rock/Art Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

If there is one group that embodies progressive rock, it is King Crimson. Led by guitar/Mellotron virtuoso Robert Fripp, during its first five years of existence the band stretched both the language and structure of rock into realms of jazz and classical music, all the while avoiding pop and psychedelic sensibilities. The absence of mainstream compromises and the lack of an overt sense of humor ultimately doomed the group to nothing more than a large cult following, but made their albums among the...
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