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"King Crimson is, as always, more a way of doing things. When there is nothing to be done, nothing is done: Crimson disappears.
When there is music to be played, Crimson reappears. If all of life were this simple". Robert Fripp
King Crimson was conceived in November 1968 and born on January 13th 1969 in the Fulham Palace Cafe, London (Fripp/Ian McDonald/Greg
Lake/Michael Giles/Pete Sinfield), coming to prominence after supporting The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park. Their ground-breaking
debut In The Court Of The Crimson King (1969) described by Pete Townshend as "an uncanny masterpiece", began a career that
has spanned four decades and influenced many bands and individuals including Yes, Genesis, Tool, and Porcupine Tree.
Despite the original line-up imploding after an American tour King Crimson continued to produce constantly challenging and
intriguing music on albums such as In The Wake of Poseidon (1970), Lizard (1970), Islands (1971), Earthbound (1972), Larks'
Tongues in Aspic (1973) and Red (1974).
Following Red, an exhausted Fripp declared "King Crimson is completely over for ever and ever."
After a period outside the music industry, Robert Fripp returned to work on solo projects (including Frippertronics and his
first solo album, Exposure in 1979) and collaborations with artists such as, Daryll Hall, Blondie, Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel,
In 1981, Fripp reconvened King Crimson along with Adrian Belew (Zappa/Bowie/Talking Heads), Tony Levin (Paul Simon/John Lennon/Peter
Gabriel) and his old sparring partner, Bill Bruford.
"The bleak Crim view lightened" according to Fripp as their musical vocabulary widened and Crimson combined gamelan, funk
and rock grooves that would threaten to "tear out and flatten ear hairs within a mile." Albums which followed include Discipline
(1981), Beat (1982) and Three Of A Perfect Pair (1984) and a stunning live album from their last ever performance in 1984,
Absent Lovers (finally released in 1998).
Following a lengthy period outside the music industry mainstream - King Crimson re-emerged in 1994 with Trey Gunn (touch guitar)
and Pat Mastelotto (drums).
Joining forces with Belew, Levin, Bruford and Fripp and dubbed the Double Trio, they recorded an ep VROOOM (1994) and THRAK
(1995) and a suite of live improvs, THRaKaTTaK (1996). In 1997, the group subdivided into research and development units collectively
known as the ProjeKcts, producing an exciting and inventive blend that mixed hard-core improv and electronica (King Crimson
The ProjeKcts box set 1999).
With Tony Levin temporarily leaving to work with Seal and Peter Gabriel, and Bill Bruford returning full-time to his ongoing
Earthworks jazz group, King Crimson entered the new millennium with The ConstruKction of Light (2000). In the same year the
double duo of Belew, Fripp Gunn and Mastelotto produced a live set, Heavy ConstruKction, before returning to the studio to
record the critically acclaimed, The Power To Believe (2003).
After a tour playing 21 countries with over 70 dates, Trey Gunn departed to pursue his own career in 2003.
In 2016 they will be touring with the following line-up:
Gavin Harrison (drums), Jeremy Stacey (drums), Pat Mastelotto (drums), Tony Levin (bass and vocals), Mel Collins (Sax, flute),
Jakko Jakszyk (guitar, vocals) and Robert Fripp (guitar).