September 27th, 2013
Now this I did not expect.
Robert Fripp has announced that King Crimson has come out of hibernation. From his 6 September diary entry:
So, King Crimson is in motion. This is a very different reformation to what has gone before: seven players, four English and three American, with three drummers.
The Seven-Headed Beast of Crim is in Go! mode.
A few days ago the DGM website confirmed the new line-up as being Gavin Harrison, Bill Rieflin, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Mel Collins, Jakko Jakszyk, and, of course, Fripp himself. Yes, there will be three drummers.
At first I was surprised to read that Mel Collins was involved. He had been a member of Crimson back in 1970-71 and was a guest on 1974’s Red but I thought he was long out of the loop. Then I recalled that he, Jakszyk, and Fripp did an album together a couple years ago called A Scarcity of Miracles that just happened to have a rhythm section comprised of Tony Levin and Gavin Harrison. Jakszyk posted this on his Facebook page:
On the evening of July 15 1971 I sat in row 3 at Watford town hall and watched King Crimson.
It blew my head off.
Robert Fripp and Mel Collins in particular.
It somehow felt that my life had changed as a result.?
That seemingly romantic teenage notion came straight back to me 3 weeks ago on the evening of September 4th.
The phone rang.
It was Robert Fripp.
?Did I have time for chat?? Of course.?
He was reforming King Crimson.?7 members.?3 drummers?.
He told me who they would all be. ?Except one.?
Would I like to be the ‘the primary vocalist and second guitarist?
Like I said.? Somehow my life had indeed changed.”
It will be rather odd to hear some new Crimson without Adrian Belew’s voice and bent notes as he’s been a member of the band since I became aware of music and that there was this entity called King Crimson. Still, I am looking forward to hearing whatever this incarnation of the bands creates. I am not familiar with Bill Rieflin. However, Mastelotto is one of my favorite drummers. In addition to his work with Crimson, his drumming with KTU is amazing. And, of course Gavin Harrison is/was in Porcupine Tree. These two played together when Crimson toured in 2008 and I have a couple recording of those shows from that tour. I shall have to bust them out and listen to them again as it’s been a while.