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The trick here is that while your ears are swearing that you are listening to a full concert orchestra, your eyes see only seven guys up on the stage. They've had almost 50 years to hone their craft, and through their musical wizardry, King Crimson continues to fill the theatre with sound and the audience with wonder.
King Crimson will be touring throughout the UK and portions of Europe. They will be hitting Cardiff, London, Birmingham, and Paris this fall. They will be playing smaller venues for the most part, allowing for a far more intimate experience with the audience.
One of the hallmarks of King Crimson has been their permanent pursuit of the best technology of the day. They were instrumental in pioneering the use of the Mellotron in the 60's as well as guitar synthesizers and electronic drums in the 80's.
Among the oddest of their choices were the Chapman Stick, essentially just a fret board with extra strings and the Warr guitar, a larger version of the Chapman Stick with the body added back on. Both instruments are designed to have the strings tapped by both sets of fingers rather than being plucked, though the Warr guitar can also be strummed. The result of both designs was an instrument that could provide a bass line, chords and melody simultaneously
King Crimson first formed in 1968, a five piece band featuring Robert Fripp on guitar, Greg Lake on bass, Michael Giles on percussion, Ian McDonald on keyboards, reeds, and woodwinds. The inimitable Peter Sinfield was credited with "sounds and visions". Their live shows were renowned for their incredible lighting, courtesy of Mr. Sinfield, which gained them speedy attention from the studios.
Over the next 47 years, King Crimson would go through 8 different line-ups with 18 different musicians and 3 separate lyricists standing various posts within the band. The only member to stay from day one is Robert Fripp. The band has been through many periods of hiatus, each begun and ended on Fripp's word.
King Crimson came out with 'In The Court Of The Crimson King' in 1969. The album did so well that the resulting fame caused the first change in the band's line-up. The album is considered a masterpiece and the genesis of Prog Rock. The list of bands that have drawn inspiration from King Crimson is virtually endless. Still, King Crimson never again produced such a successful album.
King Crimson was, instead, content to experiment with new sounds and new ideas. The last thing they wanted to do was recreate what worked with the previous album. They took their time between releases, making music for its own sake, not for the sake of sales. The results have been amazing and King Crimson has produced some of the most original and interesting work released over the past four decades.
The Court Of The Crimson King remains the biggest hit of King Crimson's lengthy career. The track '21st Century Schizoid Man' got the lion's share of airplay and is easily their most recognizable song.
A King Crimson ticket is a pass into another world. Their music flows through the crowd but don't let it fool you. Their notes will carry you along, giving you a false sense of serenity and then sudden power chords and throbbing bass lines will yank you to your feet. By the time it is all over, not only will you know what a Warr guitar is, you'll want to take one home."
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