My wife thinks I have too many all-time favorite bands and albums. With that in mind ….
King Crimson is one of my all-time favorite bands. They started in 1968 and they’ve undergone massive changes in line-up and sound over the years, guitarist Robert Fripp being the only constant, and I thought done was done. Aside from their still astonishing debut album, my favorites of theirs include the 3 album run in the early 70s of Larks Tongues in Aspic, Starless and Bible Black, and Red (Starless is a song I still play pretty constantly). I saw them twice around 1973 or so and they were amazing to behold and hear live. (One of those times was at the Boston Orpheum, where the opening act was Roger McGuinn doing a solo acoustic set. One of the strangest pairings I’ve ever seen.)
And now, the NY Times reports that they’re back, with a U.S. tour set for this fall. This is the 8th line-up of the band and the roster promises something interesting indeed. Three, count ’em, three drummers (Gavin Harrison, Bill Rieflin and Pat Mastelotto). Tony Levin on vocals and bass (and, undoubtedly, stick), two guitarists (Fripp and Jakko Jakszyk) and back in the fold, Mel Collins on flute and saxophone.
I’m sure we won’t get to see them in Hong Kong. But I imagine there will be albums and hopefully concert videos.