King Crimson will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the group in 2019 and what better way for the legendary band led by Robert Fripp, if not a world tour that will see them touch three continents and tread the stages of the major summer festivals and arenas.
Ever since, in 2014, the band returned to performing live, with critically acclaimed shows that have sold out all over the world including 2 incredible concerts in the Amphitheater of the Excavations of Pompeii, where Pink Floyd was at home, the audience has been reinvented just as the band itself:
“In Pompeii, a large percentage of the audience was composed of young couples; King Crimson entered the mainstream in Italy. I walked on stage knowing that the position of this band in the world had changed level.” Robert Fripp.
With the fiftieth anniversary, it seems that a wider audience is finally ready to welcome King Crimson. A process that began when Kanye West used a sample of 21st Century Schizoid Man for his 2010 hit Power and now sees their song Starless as the soundtrack for the opening scenes in the new 2018 Nicholas Cage film, “Mandy”.
The band’s three-hour long concerts include material from twelve of their thirteen studio albums, including many songs from their 1969 masterpiece, In The Court Of The Crimson King. The new eight-member line-up plays many memorable songs that Crimson King have never played live, as well as new arrangements of King Crimson classics – “the music is new, whenever it was written.” There are also new instrumental pieces and new songs, like the compositions of the three drummers, Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Jeremy Stacey, one of the highlights of the concerts. A unique show, where eight of the best musicians in the world play music without distractions or ornaments.