King Crimson

Happy Birthday John Wetton
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jun 12, 2014
Currently hard at work with Asia, John Wetton celebrates his birthday today.

What are your favourite Wetton moments in Crimson? Share your thoughts over on the guestbook please.

Ooh, Suits You Sir!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jun 11, 2014
King Crimson have been having their photograph taken today by Scarlet Page. Here’s some shots taken by Trev of the boys and Scarlet in action…

Jakko’s Dear Mr. Eliot
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jun 11, 2014
Jakko Jakszyk’s Dear Mr Eliot: When Groucho Met Tom will be broadcast on   on Saturday 14th June as part of BBC Radio 3’s Between The Ears series. The show is a musical fantasy, part drama-part documentary based on the meeting between Groucho Marx and TS Eliot – a fairly unlikely mutual fan club by any stretch of the imagination. In addition to writing the script and music for the programme, Jakko also plays the part of TS Eliot alongside Lenny Henry’s Groucho.

The Independent newspaper ran an interview with Jakko yesterday about the programme and Jakko and Lenny are guests on Saturday’s Loose Ends on Saturday to talk about the show.

Crimheads will not that it’s not the first time TS Eliot has had an association with King Crimson. The Deception Of The Thrush takes its title from a line in Eliot’s The Four Quartets and of course a sample of Eliot reading from the work also appears on many performances of that tune.

The Radio Times previews Jakko’s show: Stereotypical views of the poet TS Eliot and the comic actor Groucho Marx are blown so far out of the water in this musical fantasy that writer Jakko Jakszyk might just as well have attached his script to a torpedo. Eliot is no po-faced high priest of modernism and Marx is so much more than an artist who relies upon exaggerated physicality for laughs.

Based upon a real-life encounter between the two, when Marx went to dinner at Eliot’s London residence in 1964, it reveals the almost boyish admiration they had for one another’s talents. A further delight is Lenny Henry’s narration and his performance as Marx.

NYC Tickets Today
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jun 11, 2014
It seems that tickets for the extra show in New York at the Best Buy Theatre on Sunday 21st Sept are going on sale today at 12.00 noon and not Friday as we reported yesterday. Check out the details here.

King Crimson At Work And Play
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jun 11, 2014
Taken from last night’s Facebook update by Trev Wilkins.

This is part of Robert’s office. Today I set up a Korg MIDI controller keyboard patched via an IK Multimedia iRig Pro to his iPad. We have an app called Thumb Jam on the iPad and I’ve programmed the keyboard pads to send Program Change messages to select each sound required, Mellotron at the moment. This is routed into the Axe FX via a Tascam line mixer and its FX loop return block. Routing this way means we can send the sounds directly into his rig ‘at the top’ giving great flexibility.

After the excellent rehearsal (those drummers are so good and great things from Mel) we spent some time working on the guitar sounds and updating our previous user presets.

Tomorrow we have photographer Scarlet Page coming to tale some band photos so the band will all be in Sunday best!

Afterwards some of the time took themselves to a local hostelry for a well deserved meal and chinwag.

Here’s a shot posted by Gavin on his Facebook page. He writes King Crimson full band rehearsals !!! In a much bigger room this time. Lots of good stuff happening.

New Date Added To King Crimson Tour
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jun 10, 2014
Due to demand an extra concert has been added to King Crimson’s run of dates at the Best Buy theatre in New York.

The additional gig takes place on Sunday 21st September. Please note that the tickets for this show will go on sale Friday 13th at 12.00 EDT.

Who says Friday 13th has to be unlucky?

The revised tour dates are as follows

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
Sun 21 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 Theatre
Wed 01 Oct Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre
Fri 03 Oct San Francisco, CA The Warfield
Sat 04 Oct San Francisco, CA The Warfield
Mon 06 Oct Seattle, WA Moore Theater

The Return Of The Savage Seven
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jun 10, 2014
Rocking the Dunhill tie look at yesterday’s rehearsals in Elstree, the Old Goat himself…

The Old Goat’s rig…

Bill and Mel embody The First King Crimson Principle:Enjoyment is encouraged…..

Much talking…