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King Crimson, recently reunited, have announced five live dates this year. All in one place…

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Are there any bands more influential on progressive music in general than King Crimson? It is highly unlikely indeed. Their debut album In The Court of the Crimson King, released in 1969, continues to blow minds even today – more than forty five years later.

The influence of their super standout track “21st Century Schizoid Man” is incredibly far-reaching, as it seems like everybody has covered it – from Canadian 70s rock band April Wine to Norwegian purveyors of blackjazz Shining. If you were to ask any prog rock nerd who their biggest influences were, you’d find King Crimson mentioned pretty much every damn time. Even their most recent albums have been very good. The technical ability within their music is still hard to match, and the combination of that and magnificent songwriting makes this band a truly unique one.

Unfortunately they’ve been on hiatus for the past five years (although have released music under the name Crimson ProjeKct). In 2012 guitarist and mainstay Robert Fripp had announced his retirement from music entirely, however in 2013 he unexpectedly announced a reunion of King Crimson, featuring the last known lineup, which consisted of drummers Gavin Harrison, Bill Rieflin and Pat Mastelotto; bassist Tony Levin; saxophonist Mel Collins; and guitarist Jakko Jakszyk. Gavin Harrison, known mostly for his work in Porcupine Tree, is perhaps the best prog rock drummer in the world today, so it makes sense that he would fill the role that was occupied by previous “best of their time” prog rock drummers. Three drummers in the lineup though? That’ll be something to see!

The reunited lineup will play a series of shows for September, making their live comeback, the first shows since 2008. So far, five dates have been announced, and if you don’t live in New York, be prepared to suffer disappointment.

King Crimson 2014 Tour Dates:
09/09 – Albany, NY @ The Egg
09/10 – Albany, NY @ The Egg
09/18 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
09/19 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
09/20 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater

Well that’s cool and all, but what about all your fans who don’t live in one small region of the world?

Hopefully there will be more shows, though I wouldn’t put money on it. Seeing King Crimson live would be one of those “now I can die happy” moments.

Kevin writer banner Jan 2014