King Crimson to release 2014 live album


King Crimson mainman Robert Fripp has revealed that the band will release a live album featuring the current Crimson lineup.

The 40 minutes of material were recorded on Crimson’s recent US tour. It features drummers Gavin Harrison, Bill Reiflin and Pat Mastelotto alongside bassist Tony Levin, saxophonist Mel Collins and guitarist and vocalist Jakko Jakszyk.

Says Fripp, making the announcement in a video clip: “We’re just completing the mix on Starless, live in Los Angeles, and this really is a hummer.”

The album is scheduled for release on the 13th of January via DGM Live. The band are said to be considering a UK tour in 2015.

You can watch Robert Fripp’s video clip below:

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King Crimson announce first live dates of 2014

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Details of King Crimson live shows in 2014 have started to appear across the web.

According to a report at Rolling Stone, they will play New York’s Best Buy Theater on the 18th, 19th and 20th of September, with tickets going on sale this Friday, 6th of June at Noon EST.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn Vegan have also listed two additional dates on the 9th and 10th of September at The Egg, in Albany, New York, and the website for the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia lists shows on the 12th and 13th of September.

Finally, the website for the Moore Theatre in Seattle has a show listed on the 6th of October.

Speaking to Uncut magazine in 2013, Robert Fripp revealed plans to reform the band and go on tour: “King Crimson is returning to active service. We are on-call to be ready for a live performance on September 1, 2014. Seven members. Four English, three American. Three drummers. It’s a different configuration of King Crimson than before. Some are familiar names, maybe more than others.”

The line-up for these shows is expected to be Robert Fripp, Gavin Harrison, Bill Rieflin, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Mel Collins and Jakko Jakszyk. All have been members of King Crimson in the past, with the exception of Rieflin and Jakszyk who have been involved on the fringes of the band for a number of years.

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King Crimson to release the Blue Tapes

Starless and Bible Black CoverKing Crimson have revealed that they will release their Blue Tapes recordings.

Long sought after by fans, the recordings were made during the band’s Starless and Bible Black era, and were taken from performances by Bill Bruford, Robert Fripp, John Wetton and David Cross during 1973 and 1974.

The tapes are to be included in a multi-disc box set entitled Starless, which continues a series of extensive live collection released by Fripp’s DGM Live label.

In a statment, DGM said: “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.

“This set will feature the first complete release of the Blue Tapes – the highest quality reel-to-reel direct to stereo/soundboard live recordings, with many appearing on CD for the first time.

“More details of the content will be announced nearer the time of release. If you were in the audience at any of the gigs listed and would like to share your memories of the concerts for possible inclusion in the booklet, drop a line to 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.”

Meanwhile, Robert Fripp is gearing up a new version of King Crimson after a five-year hiatus. The seven-man lineup includes three drummers – Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto and Bill Rieflin – plus Tony Levin, Jakko Jakszyk and Mel Collins.

In September Fripp said of the new lineup: “The point is to have a conventional back line reconfigured as the front line, with Mel, Jakko and myself as back line. All the Crims have expressed great excitement.”

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