King Crimson

King Crimson

 

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King Crimson are an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1968. King Crimson have been influential both on the early 1970s progressive rock movement and numerous contemporary artists. The band has undergone numerous formations throughout its history of which 21 musicians have been members; since October 2017 it has consisted of Robert Fripp, Jakko Jakszyk, Tony Levin, Mel Collins, Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison, Jeremy Stacey and Bill Rieflin. Fripp is the only consistent member of the group and is considered the band's leader and driving force. The band has earned a large cult following.[1] They were ranked No. 87 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.[5]

Developed from the unsuccessful trio Giles, Giles and Fripp, the band were a seminal part of the early progressive rock genre,[6] which is characterised by extended instrumental sections and complex song structures. King Crimson's debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King (1969), remains their most successful and influential release, with its elements of jazz, classical and experimental music.[7] Their success increased following an opening act performance for the Rolling Stones at Hyde Park, London, in 1969. Following the less successful In the Wake of Poseidon (1970), Lizard (1970), and Islands (1971), the group reached a new creative peak with Larks' Tongues in Aspic (1973), Starless and Bible Black (1974) and Red (1974). Fripp disbanded the group in 1974.

In 1981, King Crimson reformed with a change in musical direction which lasted for three years, resulting in the trio of albums Discipline (1981), Beat (1982) and Three of a Perfect Pair (1984). Following a decade-long hiatus, Fripp revived the group in 1994 and released Thrak (1995). Since 1997, several musicians have pursued aspects of the band's work and approaches through a series of related bands collectively referred to as ProjeKcts. In 2000, the band reunited once more and released The Construkction of Light (2000). The band's most recent album is The Power to Believe (2003). In 2008 the band undertook a tour to celebrate their 40th Anniversary and continue to perform live in various capacities. The band remained inactive after 2009 until 2013, when the band revived under a new lineup.

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The Stones in the Park
 
The Stones in the Park generally refers to a free outdoor festival held in Hyde Park on 5 July 1969, headlined by The Rolling Stones and featuring Third Ear Band, King Crimson, Screw, Alexis Korner's New Church, Family and The Battered Ornaments, in front of a crowd estimated at between 250,000 and 500,000 fans.It was the Stones' first public concert in over two years, and was planned as an introduction of new guitarist, Mick Taylor, though circumstances inevitably changed following the death of former member Brian Jones two days earlier.
In the Court of the Crimson King
 
In the Court of the Crimson King (subtitled An Observation by King Crimson) is the debut studio album from the English rock band King Crimson, released on 10 October 1969 on Island Records in England and Atlantic Records in America.
Red
 
Red is the seventh studio album by English progressive rock group King Crimson, released in 1974 by Island Records in the United Kingdom and by Atlantic Records in the United States.
Discipline
 
Discipline is the eighth studio album by English progressive rock band King Crimson, released on 22 September 1981 by E.G. Records in the United Kingdom and by Warner Bros.

Photos - King Crimson38

Popular Albums57

Album Appearances & References24

Popular Songs14

Song Appearances & References3

Popular Live Albums17

Films1

Book References & Influences3

Collaborators & Influencers27

Other Music-Related Relationships47

Band Members22

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Spotify - Albums & Singles39

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spotify - Appears On28

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spotify - Top Tracks10

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Upcoming Concerts39

ICE Kraków Congress Centre
Kraków, Poland
June 18, 2018
Lichtburg Essen
Essen, Germany
June 20, 2018
Lichtburg Essen
Essen, Germany
June 21, 2018
Wiener Stadthalle / Halle F
Bezirk-Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus, Austria
June 23, 2018
Wiener Stadthalle / Halle F
Bezirk-Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus, Austria
June 24, 2018
Forum Karlín
Prague, Czech Republic
June 26, 2018
Forum Karlín
Prague, Czech Republic
June 27, 2018
Admiralspalast
Berlin, Germany
July 1, 2018
Admiralspalast
Berlin, Germany
July 2, 2018
Admiralspalast
Berlin, Germany
July 3, 2018
Cirkus
Stockholm, Sweden
July 5, 2018
Cirkus
Stockholm, Sweden
July 6, 2018
Sentrum Scene
Oslo, Norway
July 8, 2018
Sentrum Scene
Oslo, Norway
July 9, 2018
Sentrum Scene
Oslo, Norway
July 10, 2018
Het Concertgebouw Grote Zaal
Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 13, 2018
Het Concertgebouw Grote Zaal
Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 14, 2018
Philharmonie im Gasteig
München, Germany
July 16, 2018
Philharmonie im Gasteig
München, Germany
July 17, 2018
Anfiteatro Scavi di Pompei
Pompei, Italy
July 19, 2018
Anfiteatro Scavi di Pompei
Pompei, Italy
July 20, 2018
Auditorium Parco della Musica
Roma, Italy
July 22, 2018
Auditorium Parco della Musica
Roma, Italy
July 23, 2018
Piazza Napoleone
Lucca, Italy
July 25, 2018
Gran Teatro La Fenice
Ciano, Italy
July 27, 2018
Gran Teatro La Fenice
Ciano, Italy
July 28, 2018
Bournemouth Pavilion
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
October 29, 2018
St David's Hall
Cardiff, United Kingdom
October 31, 2018
London Palladium
London, United Kingdom
November 2, 2018
London Palladium
London, United Kingdom
November 3, 2018
Symphony Hall
Birmingham, United Kingdom
November 6, 2018
Royal Concert Hall Notts
Nottingham, United Kingdom
November 7, 2018
Bridgewater Hall
Manchester, United Kingdom
November 9, 2018
Liverpool Empire Theatre
Liverpool, United Kingdom
November 10, 2018
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Glasgow, United Kingdom
November 12, 2018
Edinburgh Playhouse
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
November 13, 2018
l'Olympia
Paris, France
November 15, 2018
l'Olympia
Paris, France
November 16, 2018
l'Olympia
Paris, France
November 17, 2018

News Articles11

Yes drummer Alan White says band has no plans to retire
  –  March 15, 2018
The 68-year-old musician was forced to take time away from music in 2016 ... who first joined the group in 1970, Geoff Downes, 65, Billy Sherwood, 52, and Jon Davison, 47. On his back surgery, White said: “It’s getting better, I had surgery on it ...
Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall hosts 50 years of Yes
  –  March 26, 2018
Known for its lush sound and progressive rock, Yes is planning a 30-plus North American tour date to celebrate 50 years of music, including albums certified ... and latterly alongside Chris' chosen successor, Billy Sherwood, who is receiving recognition ...
Progressive rock pioneers YES to perform in New Buffalo
  –  March 26, 2018
Known for "Owner of a Lonely Heart," progressive rock pioneers YES are celebrating 50 years of music with a concert in New Buffalo ... keyboardist Geoff Downes and bassist Billy Sherwood. YES alumni are Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman, Bill ...
Yes announces 50th anniversary tour, Denver date
  –  March 26, 2018
Later, skaters: Here’s the lineup to Denver’s final Warped Tour Denver music-and-bike festival Velorama Colorado ... vocalist Jon Davison and multi-instrumentalist Billy Sherwood — without any of its founding members. But if you like Yes, this ...
Prog rockers Yes announce 50th anniversary tour with stops in Detroit and Grand Rapids
  –  March 26, 2018
The lineup will include Steve Howe (guitarist since '70), Alan White (drums since '72), Geoff Downes (keyboards, joined in '80), and will be led by Billy Sherwood who joined ... that we should continue to share Yes music on stages worldwide, and the ...
YES Announces Details For 50th Anniversary North American Tour
  –  March 26, 2018
Billy Sherwood, who is receiving recognition for stepping into Chris' pre-eminent bass and vocals," says drummer Alan White. "Each night we are pausing to reflect on Chris' importance to Yes, his desire that we should continue to share Yes music on stages ...
Yes Announce 50th Anniversary American Tour
  –  March 26, 2018
Billy Sherwood, who is receiving recognition for stepping into Chris' pre-eminent bass and vocals," Alan White added. "Each night we are pausing to reflect on Chris' importance to Yes, his desire that we should continue to share Yes music on stages ...
Yep, Yes will play Munhall
  –  March 26, 2018
Tickets go on sale Friday to see Yes headline the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on July 5 ... along with Geoff Downes (class of '80), Jon Davison (vocals since 2011) and Billy Sherwood (guitarist-keyboards in the 1990s and the late-Chris Squire ...
Groundbreaking prog-rockers Yes bringing 50th anniversary tour to Penn's Peak
  –  March 26, 2018
They will be joined by Jon Davison, vocalist since 2011, and Billy Sherwood, who was guitarist and keyboardist ... his desire that we should continue to share Yes music on stages worldwide, and the specific dedication of ‘Onward’ to his huge memory.
Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall hosts 50 years of Yes
  –  March 26, 2018
The band's decades-old music still plays in heavy rotation on classic radio ... and latterly alongside Chris' chosen successor, Billy Sherwood, who is receiving recognition for stepping into Chris' pre-eminent bass and vocals," says drummer Alan White ...
YES at the Sage Gateshead in Gateshead, UK
  –  March 19, 2018
Throughout the show, Billy Sherwood perfectly executes the bass lines laid down ... Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble.

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