British prog-rock legends King Crimson are engaging in a farewell tour this fall, with a Seattle date slated for Oct. 6 at the Moore Theatre. Led by phenomenal guitarist Robert Fripp, King Crimson have set a lofty standard for cerebral, powerful rock music since their 1969 debut LP, In the Court of the Crimson King. Their lineup has changed often over the decades, and for this last jaunt it will consist of Fripp, Bill Rieflin (drums), Tony Levin (bass, vocals), Mel Collins (sax, flute), Gavin Harrison (drums), Pat Mastelotto (drums), and Jakko Jakszyk (guitar). Holy shit. Holy shit.
Tickets go on sale 10 am June 4. Press release after the jump.
When music appears which only King Crimson can play then, sooner or later, King Crimson appears to play the music.
King Crimson returns to active service in the front line on 9th September 2014 with 18 US performances, the first since 2008.
Born on 13th. January 1969 in the basement of the Fulham Palace Cafe, London, this is the 8th incarnation of King Crimson, with:
Gavin Harrison (drums), Bill Rieflin (drums), Pat Mastelotto (drums), Tony Levin (bass and vocals), Mel Collins (Sax, flute), Jakko Jakszyk (guitar, vocals) and Robert Fripp (guitar).
In his DGM Diary for 6th. September 2013, when King Crimson’s return to live performance was announced to an outbreak of media frenzy, fan adoration and spontaneous outpourings of affection, Fripp wrote:
At 18.55 King Crimson VIII moved to its next stage of actualization
This is a very different reformation to what has gone before: seven players, four English and three American, with three drummers.
The Point Of Crim-Seeing was of a conventional Back Line reconfigured as the Front Line,
The Seven-Headed Beast of Crim is in Go! mode.
King Crimson 2014 dates and venues
Tue 9 Sep Albany, NY The Egg
Wed 10 Sep Albany, NY The Egg
Fri 12 Sep Philadelphia, PA Verizon Hall
Sat 13 Sep Philadelphia, PA Verizon Hall
Mon 15 Sep Boston, MA Colonial Theatre
Tue 16 Sep Boston, MA Colonial Theatre
Thu 18 Sep New York, NY Best Buy
Fri 19 Sep New York, NY Best Buy
Sat 20 Sep New York, NY Best Buy
Tue 23 Sep Madison, WI Barrymore Theatre
Thu 25 Sep Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre
Fri 26 Sep Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre
Tue 30 Sep Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theater
Wed 01 Oct Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theater
Fri 03 Oct San Francisco, CA The Warfield
Sat 04 Oct San Francisco, CA The Warfield
Mon 06 Oct Seattle, WA Moore Theater
For further details on all aspects of King Crimson visit www.dgmlive.com
Notes For Editors
King Crimson’s first studio album was In The Court Of The Crimson King released in 1969.
Their thirteenth studio album was The Power To Believe released in 2003
In 2011 Robert Fripp, Mel Collins and Jakko Jakszyk released A Scarcity Of Miracles - a King Crimson ProjeKct, also featuring Tony Levin and Gavin Harrison.
Mel Collins was previously a member of King Crimson 1970 - 1972 appearing on In The Wake Of Poseidon (1970), Lizard (1970) Islands (1971), Earthbound (1972) as well as a guest appearance on Red (1974), the final King Crimson album of the 1970s. He subsequently worked with The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, Dire Straits, Eric Clapton and many others.
Robert Fripp, though best known for his work in King Crimson, has contributed to numerous albums by players as diverse as The Orb, Talking Heads, David Bowie, and Peter Gabriel, and a long-term partnership with Brian Eno. His 1979 solo album, Exposure was described as “the Sergeant Pepper of avant punk.” He has appeared twice in Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarist Of All Time poll, but these are likely to have been mistakes by the typesetter.
Gavin Harrison joined King Crimson in 2007 playing a series of dates in the USA the following year. A respected author and tutor, he has released three collaborative albums with UK touch guitarist 05Ric, though Harrison is probably best-known for his work with Porcupine Tree. Modern Drummer magazine placed him in their Top 50 Drummers Of All Time.
Jakko Jakszyk (pronounced Jak-chik) worked with Mel Collins as part of ex-KC alumni group, 21st Century Schizoid Band between 2002 - 2004. His solo album, The Bruised Romantic Glee Club (2006) was his first recorded collaboration with Fripp. An acclaimed producer in his own right, Jakszyk has recently mixed Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson’s UK Top 20 album, Homo Erraticus.
Tony Levin has been a member of King Crimson since 1981. Internationally renowned and constantly in-demand for his distinctive bass work, he tours with Peter Gabriel with whom he has worked since 1977. He has appeared on albums by John Lennon, David Bowie and countless others and recently formed his own band, Stick Men alongside Crimson drummer, Pat Mastelotto.
Pat Mastelotto joined King Crimson in 1994 after working with Robert Fripp and David Sylvian. A member of the hugely successful American 1980s group and MTV favourites, Mr. Mister, he is at home in both experimental music working with KTU as well as pop and rock appearing on albums by The Rembrandts, Hall And Oates and XTC.
Bill Rieflin is a mulit-instrumentalist but is primarily known for his drumming with Ministry and industrial rock outfit KMFDM. From 2003 until their dissolution in 2011 he played drums in REM. He recorded with Robert Fripp on Birth Of A Giant and The Repercussions Of Angelic Behaviour (both 1999) and most recently in the ambient super-group, Slow Music in 2006 and 2014.