King Crimson live: Progrock-Pioniere kommen erstmals seit 13 Jahren live nach Deutschland
The start of the tour takes in Aylesbury where King Crimson first played in 1969 and where the 1980s incarnation made its live debut in 1981. The last time King Crimson toured the UK outside London was 1982. 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. Biographical details 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 Brian Eno, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Blondie, Talking Heads, Daryl Hall, The Roches, Peter Hammill, Keith Tippett, The Orb and The Grid. 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.
Jeremy Stacey was the first choice of both Gavin Harrison and Jakko Jakszyk as the new centre drummer for King Crimson. He grew up in the Bournemouth Scene, where Robert Fripp went to see both Stacey Brothers at Bumbles (a Bournemouth club) in 1981. In 2000 Jeremy began a 10-year working partnership with Sheryl Crow, recording and touring the world; then Noel Gallagher;s Flying Birds. He has also recorded with Take That, Amy Winehouse, Eric Clapton, The Waterboys, Joe Cocker, Paul Young and Tom Jones amongst many others.