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A Winner Writes...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Apr 15, 2012

Rick Mascarini was the winner of our recent Pat Mastelotto Recidivate competition and here he is with his prize...



Rick writes "I arrived home yesterday (Friday 13th of April) from another long business excursion to find my "prize" having arrived while I was on the road. The picture was taken w/ my now trusty iPad 2 along with the P@ music playing from the same said device.  Wonderful that I can travel and have these gems playing on headphones while sitting in airplanes. Thanks again for the contests and I'm very proud to be a lucky winner!"


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King Crimson 2014 Tour Dates
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jun 3, 2014

When music appears which only King Crimson can play then, sooner or later, King Crimson appears to play the music.
Robert Fripp.

King Crimson returns to active service in the front line on September 9, 2014 with 17 US performances, the first since 2008.

Born on January 13, 1969 in the basement of the Fulham Palace Cafe, London, this is the eighth 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 September 6, 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
Tickets go on sale Friday June 6th 12.00 EST
Available via venues listed and Tickemaster
 
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 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
 

King Crimson In "Lotsa Fun" Shock Horror
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jun 2, 2014
On the day that the new line-up of King Crimson held its first day of full band rehearsals, this just in from Robert Fripp: "First day of King Crimson rehearsals, with Front Line of three drummers and Back Line of three players (Mel Collins arriving back today from touring in Italy, joining us tomorrow) reporting good days. Personally, i had lotsa fun.
Two Crim Principles articulated:
1.Enjoying our playing together is encouraged.
2.If you don't wish to play a part, give it to someone else - there's enough of them!
Tour itinerary will be announced tomorrow on DGM.


On This Date 16 Years Ago
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jun 2, 2014
ProjeKct Two were knocking the socks off punters in Cleveland Ohio. The gig is available for download here. JPrisco who purchased this show said "this is ProjeKct music to peel paint, to frighten cows, to crumble empires. Bring fresh underwear" and another audient with the  name of thestaz, had this to say: "I was in attendance at this show and it was one to remember.  I was very close to the stage; the now defunct Odeon was SRO.  Thinking it would be clever, I yelled at the band, "Are we on Zarg yet?" after the song which I later came to know as Light ConstruKction.  Mr. Fripp, I think, found it more annoying than clever.  He pointed a finger at me and the listener can hear him say on this recording, "Who is this guy!?"  LOL.  Mr. Gunn merely shrugged at me.  Mr. Belew replied, "That’s in a different universe!""


Warming Up With Bowness
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jun 2, 2014
Pat Mastelotto and Andrew Keeling appear on Abandoned Dancehall Dreams, the new solo album by No-Man singer Tim Bowness. Andrew provided the album's string arrangements whilst Pat can be heard to the fore on this thunderous track The Warm Up Man Forever. You can read an interview with Tim talking about this track here


Crimson ProjeKCt Down Under
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., May 29, 2014
Promoters in Australia are trying to raise funds for the Crimson ProjeKCt to play Adelaide. Meanwhile, CP member Markus Reuter has released an album of soundscapes recorded during the last Crimson ProjeKCt tour. More details can be found here.    


Happy Birthday Gavin
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., May 28, 2014
Please raise a glass of your favourite tasty beverage in honour of Gavin Harrison who celebrates his birthday today.



Gavin chatting with Jakko Jakszyk at the King Crimson 40th Anniversary Edition playback, Air Studios in 2009

Here's an interesting insight into Gavin's passions in the drumming department.

Starless - Live In Europe Update
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., May 27, 2014
Following the announcement a couple of weeks ago that a multi-disc box set of gigs from 1973 and 1974 was in the pipeline, there’s been a few responses from folks with audience recordings and eye-witness accounts. There’s also been a few folks wondering just what the devil the blue tapes are. Well, just for the curious, here’s a pic of them...

 
CONTRIBUTIONS WANTED

Crimheads - we still need your help.

If you were at any of the gigs listed below, have first generation audience recordings or any other memorabilia from that period then please get in drop a line to sidsmith@dgmlive.com

Here's the original announcement for Starless - Live In Europe

DGM is pleased to confirm that an October release date has been set for Starless, a multi-disc CD/DVD-A/Blu-Ray boxed set featuring live and studio recordings from October 1973 to April 1974.


The 40th Anniversary Edition of Starless & Bible Black
(pictured above) was released in 2011


This set will feature the first complete release of the blue tapes - the highest quality reel to reel direct to stereo/soundboard live recordings of King Crimson from the era with many appearing on CD for the first time. More details of the content will be announced nearer the time of release as will the pre-order page.

In the meantime if you were you in the audience at any of the gigs listed below and would like to share your memories of the concerts for possible inclusion in the booklet then drop a line to sidsmith at dgmlive dot com as soon as possible. If you’re sitting on any pix, tapes or any other Crimson related items from this period now is the time to get in touch and send them in.


1973
Glasgow 23rd October
Liverpool 24th October
Leicester 25th October
London 26th October
Birmingham 28th October
Bristol  29th October
Hamburg 2nd November
Frankfurt 3nd November
Munich 4th November
Dusseldorf  5th November
Strasbourg  7th November
Saarbrücken  8th November
Turin 12th November
Rome 13th November
Zurich 15th November
Nancy 17th November
Lyon 18th November
Paris 19th November
Lille 20th November
Brussels 22nd November
Amsterdam 23rd November
Barcelona 27th November
Barcelona 28th November
Madrid 29th November

1974
Udine     19th March
Brescia 30th March
Paris 22nd March
Marseilles 23rd March
Avignon 24th March
Besancon 25th March
Augsberg 27th March
Dieburg 28th March
Heidelberg 29th March
Mainz 30th March
Pforzheim 31st March
Kassel 1st April
Gottingen 2nd April
Gottingen 2nd April    

If you have any audience recordings or photographs or memorabilia then please get in touch at the above address.

On This Date 18 Years Ago
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., May 27, 2014
THRaKaTTaK was released upon an unsuspecting public on May 27th 1996.



Not for the faint-hearted, The Wire said it was "As powerful a collision between improv and avant rock as you’re likely to hear, ThraKattaK is King Crimson’s finest hour." Meanwhile over at Q magazine the album was described as "ambient music for giants. Some passages are barely audible, others threaten to separate heads from shoulders..." Rolling Stone offered this verdict: A visceral treat, a document of amazing technical might and telepathic precision. Crimson don't just fuckaround; they fuck you up with sustained invention."

Classic or crud? Let us know your thoughts on the guestbook.

ProjeKct Three Tour Bundle
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., May 26, 2014
Today’s concert download offers all five P3 shows from their 1999 World Tour Of Austin.

Although three shows - 21st, 23rd and 24th - have been available for download for some time, adding the sets from 22nd and 25th, now fills in the gaps for P3 enthusiasts.



Mister Stormy says "We are offering one of the unreleased shows as a freebee if you buy the other unreleased show AND have downloaded the three that were previously available."



Toparama
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., May 26, 2014
That's the name of a new percussive collaboration formed by Pat Mastelotto and his drumming colleague in Crimson ProjeKCt, Tobias Ralph. You can check out a track from their new album, due out next month, over on the 7d Media page. 


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