King Crimson Announces Tour Schedule for Fall 2014

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King Crimson will tour in the Fall of 2014

When King Crimson returns to the stage this autumn after six years of being away, its shows won’t be a run-of-the-mill reunion of a one-time super-group touring to rehash old memories; innovative guitarist Robert Fripp wouldn’t hear of it. Instead, Fripp, the mind behind the King since 1969, wrote in his public diary that “King Crimson VIII is… a very different reformation to what has gone before: seven players, four English and three American, with three drummers.”

Longtime fans of Fripp understand the guitarist’s refusal to play along with pop music’s conventions. King Crimson’s first studio album, 1969’s The Court Of The Crimson King, may have put them on the progressive rock map and FM radio charts, but nothing any of Fripp’s ensembles did afterward sounded remotely like that album.

To help confound matters, Fripp eventually began breaking down his Crimsons into bits – quartet Crimsons, double trio Crimsons – even King Crimson ProjeKcts like the one he formed in 2011 with original saxophonist Mel Collins, occasional bassist Tony Levin, drummer Gavin Harrison, and singer/guitarist Jakko Jakszyk to release A Scarcity Of Miracles. That ProjeKct formed the basis for the King Crimson VIII that’s touring the United States this fall, that quintet along with drummers Bill Rieflin and Pat Mastelotto, the latter percussionist having been part of many Fripp projects within the last 20 years. “The Seven-Headed Beast of Crim is in Go! Mode,” wrote Fripp.

What challenging sounds will audiences be treated to this fall? Fripp has given no clue. “When music appears which only King Crimson can play, then, sooner or later, King Crimson appears to play the music," he wrote.

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King Crimson 2014 Tour Schedule

09/09   Albany, NY          The Egg         
09/10   Albany, NY          The Egg         
09/12   Philadelphia, PA   Verizon Hall at Kimmel Center     
09/13   Philadelphia, PA   Verizon Hall at Kimmel Center   
09/15   Boston, MA          Emerson Colonial Theatre - Citi Performing Arts Center      
09/16   Boston, MA          Emerson Colonial Theatre - Citi Performing Arts Center       
09/18   New York, NY      Best Buy Theater       
09/19   New York, NY      Best Buy Theater        
09/20   New York, NY      Best Buy Theater       
09/23   Madison, WI         Barrymore Theatre      
09/25   Chicago, IL           Vic Theatre

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Posted on Friday,  June 6, 2014