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#21 Casey

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 04:26 PM

That's great news! 

 

I wouldn't worry too much about BART. We should be able to pick you up at the airport. 



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Posted 07 July 2014 - 06:50 PM

That's great news! 

 

I wouldn't worry too much about BART. We should be able to pick you up at the airport. 

Well that would be alright, if you really don't mind treking down to OAK.  BART really is no problemo at all, so I'm happy to make it up to your nape of the neck by train.  I'll have my people call your people to work out the details.  We have just 14 weeks to get it all figured oot, eh!  Rock on!

 

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 01:37 AM

Any more tickets, in case a dude from my Clash of Clans clan can go?


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Posted 14 September 2014 - 04:19 PM

Well that would be alright, if you really don't mind treking down to OAK.  BART really is no problemo at all, so I'm happy to make it up to your nape of the neck by train.  I'll have my people call your people to work out the details.  We have just 14 weeks to get it all figured oot, eh!  Rock on!

 

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Just 9 days for me, and my first KC show in Madison, WI !!!  I bought a fan club VIP seat for this one so will be all up in their business, just left of center.  Then,10 more days and I'm off to the left coast, King Crimson on Friday night and BARF on Saturday!  Good times a comin'!!!  I think this is gonna be one AWESOME and epic prog rock show, yo.... ;-}

 

 
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BY DAVID FRICKE |  September 10, 2014

On September 9th in Albany, New York, the new, ultimate King Crimson – at seven members the largest ensemble in the British band's 46-year history, with three drummers and players from every major phase and decade – closed the opening night of its debut U.S. tour with the ultimate King Crimson song: the tortuous thunder and scathing paranoia of "21st Century Schizoid Man," from the group's 1969 debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King. A nightly feature of Crimson shows until the end of their first live era in 1974, "Schizoid Man" was mothballed as founding guitarist Robert Fripp launched subsequent lineups, including the so-called Discipline quartet in the Eighties and the fearsome double-trio configuration of 1994 to 1997. The closest any post-Seventies Crimson usually came to greatest hits was the art-metal signature "Red," from the 1974 LP of the same name, and the second part of the title piece from 1973's Larks' Tongue in Aspic.

 

 

But at the Egg, a classy, intimate concert hall, the latest Crimson – Fripp, bassist Tony Levin, singer-guitarist Jakko Jakszyk, saxophonist Mel Collins and drummers Gavin HarrisonPat Mastelotto andBill Rieflin – delivered "Schizoid Man" like fresh terror with the percussionists, lined along the front of the stage, loading the main, booming rhythm with flying-shrapnel accents and executing the famous staircase-staccato bridge in rifle-shot triplicate under the sax and guitars. The waiting – all 40 years – was worth it. Any Crimson could have attempted the song in that time. This was the right one.

The Best New Band in Progressive Rock

It is a testament to Fripp's committment to Crimson and his standards of exploration that this version – nicknamed Mark VIII, hatched earlier this year and hitting nine U.S. cities through early October – is one of the best new bands on the road right now, with the longest tale. Collins goes back nearly to the beginning; he first played on the 1970 album, In the Wake of Poseidon; Levin has done three prior stints; Mastelotto has been a regular since the Nineties double trio, across from drummer Bill Bruford. Harrison, previously in the British band Porcupine Tree, was the second drummer in a short-lived 2008 Crimson.  

The new guys have their own recent associations with Fripp. Best known for his tenures in Ministry and R.E.M., Rieflin performed and recorded with the guitarist and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck in the improvising ensemble Slow Music. Jakszyk was the junior third of a group, with Fripp and Collins, that made the 2011 album, A Scarcity of Miracles. The current Crimson performed two songs from that record in Albany – the title track and "The Light of Day," a bleak elegance that recalled Fripp and Collins' prior, jazzy suspense and eccentric balladry on Crimson 1971's LP, Islands.

Collins' presence was an obvious trigger for the revival of Poseidon's long-dormant "Pictures of a City" (the saxophonist's first recording with the group) and the Islands tracks, "Sailor's Tale" and "The Letter," all rendered with authentic scoring (Rieflin doubled on mellotron) but treated with new flourishes – especially in Levin's bass undertow and that drumming front line. At one point in "The Letter," Mastelotto, Rieflin and Harrison filled a moment of silence with single, ringing taps on a cymbal – one per man, like the ticking of a soprano clock – before Jakszyk's vocal reentry.

The Real Crimson King

In keeping with the cumulative, historical weight of its membership, the new Crimson visited every decade in its repertoire except the Eighties. (There may be too many moving pieces in this unit to address that four-piece material.) The title track from 2000's The ConstruKction of Light and "Vrooom," from a 1994 EP, were given tumultuous makeovers. There is a little new material – for now. "The Hell Hounds of Krim" – recorded during rehearsals and featured on a tour book-and-CD set for sale at the merch table – was the march-in music to a polyrhythmic upheaval of "Red." The first piece in the encore, "Hoo Doo," was a suspense of short, arhythmically triggered blasts of improvisation – a classic Crimson test of fan patience and stamina.

Fripp, now 68, presided over this two-hour unveiling of his eighth Crimson with apparent, characteristic distance: seated at the far right side of the back riser, wearing headphones and guarded by a monolith of outboard gear. He has always seemed, on stage, like a reluctant guest at his own party. But his formative and still essential place in the music was evident when the density of textures and motion opened around him. His rapidly strummed chords served as both rhythmic girders and tremors of melody through the two parts of "Larks' Tongue" and the extended, inky convulsion of Red's "Starless." Fripp slashed through the drummers' overlapping math with long, siren-like notes laden with harmonic distortion. And in several striking passages with Collins' sax and flute, he played languid, luxuriant arpeggios that suggested the Byrds on Mars – angular, resonant, even romantic.

Embracing the Moment

The future of this Crimson beyond the U.S. tour, especially in studio-album form, is uncertain. "Crimson as a musical undertaking can't be judged from its records," Fripp said in a recent British interview. "It can only be judged by live performance."

He emphasized the latter point in Albany, in a pre-recorded welcoming announcement played over the PA a few minutes before showtime. "Embrace the moment," Fripp suggested in his soft, precise speaking voice, firmly requesting that the audience turn off and stow all electronic devices. "Use your ears to record and your eyes to video."

It worked. I periodically looked around the hall, for the tell-tale glow of cell phone cameras and recorders. There were none, all night. If you want a piece of this "Schizoid Man," you have to be there.



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Posted 14 September 2014 - 06:04 PM

I'm really looking forward to hearing what this incarnation sounds like. I can't wait!

 

And Slut Puppy...those tickets haven't been claimed, as of yet, so let your buds know that the chances increase with each passing day. 



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Posted 18 September 2014 - 07:38 PM

Hey Casey,

 

My buddy is still interested in the show and the BARF. Please lmk if/when the ticket will be a lock for him. Would be nice if he knew he had a seat, but I understand that other loved-ones are already being kept in mind.

Otherwise, he might be able to find a ticket away from the group, but I haven't checked availability. Thank you!


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Posted 24 September 2014 - 09:06 PM

Just 9 days for me, and my first KC show in Madison, WI !!!  I bought a fan club VIP seat for this one so will be all up in their business, just left of center.  Then,10 more days and I'm off to the left coast, King Crimson on Friday night and BARF on Saturday!  Good times a comin'!!!  I think this is gonna be one AWESOME and epic prog rock show, yo.... ;-}

 

 
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Robert Fripp of King Crimson
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BY DAVID FRICKE |  September 10, 2014

On September 9th in Albany, New York, the new, ultimate King Crimson – at seven members the largest ensemble in the British band's 46-year history, with three drummers and players from every major phase and decade – closed the opening night of its debut U.S. tour with the ultimate King Crimson song: the tortuous thunder and scathing paranoia of "21st Century Schizoid Man," from the group's 1969 debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King. A nightly feature of Crimson shows until the end of their first live era in 1974, "Schizoid Man" was mothballed as founding guitarist Robert Fripp launched subsequent lineups, including the so-called Discipline quartet in the Eighties and the fearsome double-trio configuration of 1994 to 1997. The closest any post-Seventies Crimson usually came to greatest hits was the art-metal signature "Red," from the 1974 LP of the same name, and the second part of the title piece from 1973's Larks' Tongue in Aspic.

 

 

But at the Egg, a classy, intimate concert hall, the latest Crimson – Fripp, bassist Tony Levin, singer-guitarist Jakko Jakszyk, saxophonist Mel Collins and drummers Gavin HarrisonPat Mastelotto andBill Rieflin – delivered "Schizoid Man" like fresh terror with the percussionists, lined along the front of the stage, loading the main, booming rhythm with flying-shrapnel accents and executing the famous staircase-staccato bridge in rifle-shot triplicate under the sax and guitars. The waiting – all 40 years – was worth it. Any Crimson could have attempted the song in that time. This was the right one.

The Best New Band in Progressive Rock

It is a testament to Fripp's committment to Crimson and his standards of exploration that this version – nicknamed Mark VIII, hatched earlier this year and hitting nine U.S. cities through early October – is one of the best new bands on the road right now, with the longest tale. Collins goes back nearly to the beginning; he first played on the 1970 album, In the Wake of Poseidon; Levin has done three prior stints; Mastelotto has been a regular since the Nineties double trio, across from drummer Bill Bruford. Harrison, previously in the British band Porcupine Tree, was the second drummer in a short-lived 2008 Crimson.  

The new guys have their own recent associations with Fripp. Best known for his tenures in Ministry and R.E.M., Rieflin performed and recorded with the guitarist and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck in the improvising ensemble Slow Music. Jakszyk was the junior third of a group, with Fripp and Collins, that made the 2011 album, A Scarcity of Miracles. The current Crimson performed two songs from that record in Albany – the title track and "The Light of Day," a bleak elegance that recalled Fripp and Collins' prior, jazzy suspense and eccentric balladry on Crimson 1971's LP, Islands.

Collins' presence was an obvious trigger for the revival of Poseidon's long-dormant "Pictures of a City" (the saxophonist's first recording with the group) and the Islands tracks, "Sailor's Tale" and "The Letter," all rendered with authentic scoring (Rieflin doubled on mellotron) but treated with new flourishes – especially in Levin's bass undertow and that drumming front line. At one point in "The Letter," Mastelotto, Rieflin and Harrison filled a moment of silence with single, ringing taps on a cymbal – one per man, like the ticking of a soprano clock – before Jakszyk's vocal reentry.

The Real Crimson King

In keeping with the cumulative, historical weight of its membership, the new Crimson visited every decade in its repertoire except the Eighties. (There may be too many moving pieces in this unit to address that four-piece material.) The title track from 2000's The ConstruKction of Light and "Vrooom," from a 1994 EP, were given tumultuous makeovers. There is a little new material – for now. "The Hell Hounds of Krim" – recorded during rehearsals and featured on a tour book-and-CD set for sale at the merch table – was the march-in music to a polyrhythmic upheaval of "Red." The first piece in the encore, "Hoo Doo," was a suspense of short, arhythmically triggered blasts of improvisation – a classic Crimson test of fan patience and stamina.

Fripp, now 68, presided over this two-hour unveiling of his eighth Crimson with apparent, characteristic distance: seated at the far right side of the back riser, wearing headphones and guarded by a monolith of outboard gear. He has always seemed, on stage, like a reluctant guest at his own party. But his formative and still essential place in the music was evident when the density of textures and motion opened around him. His rapidly strummed chords served as both rhythmic girders and tremors of melody through the two parts of "Larks' Tongue" and the extended, inky convulsion of Red's "Starless." Fripp slashed through the drummers' overlapping math with long, siren-like notes laden with harmonic distortion. And in several striking passages with Collins' sax and flute, he played languid, luxuriant arpeggios that suggested the Byrds on Mars – angular, resonant, even romantic.

Embracing the Moment

The future of this Crimson beyond the U.S. tour, especially in studio-album form, is uncertain. "Crimson as a musical undertaking can't be judged from its records," Fripp said in a recent British interview. "It can only be judged by live performance."

He emphasized the latter point in Albany, in a pre-recorded welcoming announcement played over the PA a few minutes before showtime. "Embrace the moment," Fripp suggested in his soft, precise speaking voice, firmly requesting that the audience turn off and stow all electronic devices. "Use your ears to record and your eyes to video."

It worked. I periodically looked around the hall, for the tell-tale glow of cell phone cameras and recorders. There were none, all night. If you want a piece of this "Schizoid Man," you have to be there.



Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/live-reviews/king-crimson-in-albany-the-best-new-band-in-prog-begins-a-u-s-tour-20140910#ixzz3DJ7q1qlO 

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Get ready to have your FACES totally MELTED OFF!  Wow!  This is one amazing show with some of the most impressive musicians and orchestration I've ever seen.  And they performed some of my all-time 70's favorite Crimson tunes.  This line-up can play! I took a few cell phone photos of the stage before the band came out but was told in no uncertain terms that photos were absolutely forbidden during the show.  Eventually, security came out and wouldn't even let folks take shots of the stage with no bodies. Mr. Levin came out front while about 10 of us were waiting for our early VIP admission.  He was taking a photo of the marquis for his BookFace page.  He had no problem allowing us to take his photo but he did not pose for any shots.  Mr. Fripp's sister was at the merch booth (and she'll be there in SF.... I told her to remember me and that I'd see her there.  She said she'd remember me but that I shouldn't wear "that Porcupine Tree shirt" again.  At one point Mr. Fripp came out to greet her with no real acknowledgement of us gawkers.  I did snap a quick cell phone photo that may have turned out OK... I'll post those as soon as I can. I cannot wait to see this show again.... ;-}


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Posted 24 September 2014 - 11:31 PM

Can't hardly wait...

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Posted 26 September 2014 - 02:19 AM

I'm really getting geared up mentally for this show. Thanks for your initial impressions. I can't wait to hang out with you and soak in some KC, Huge!

 

SP...it looks like your buddy can nab a ticket, or even two. As it stands, only five of the eight we have are spoken for, and no one else has stepped forward to claim a spot. Make sure to let him know he's welcome to come to the party on Saturday night, too!



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Posted 26 September 2014 - 02:22 AM

I've skimmed a few of the set lists. It looks like they're changing a few tunes out from show to show. There's no telling what we might hear. 



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Posted 26 September 2014 - 03:06 AM

I'm really getting geared up mentally for this show. Thanks for your initial impressions. I can't wait to hang out with you and soak in some KC, Huge!
 
SP...it looks like your buddy can nab a ticket, or even two. As it stands, only five of the eight we have are spoken for, and no one else has stepped forward to claim a spot. Make sure to let him know he's welcome to come to the party on Saturday night, too!


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Posted 26 September 2014 - 03:50 PM

John (my buddy) is wondering about lodging for Friday night. I'll be returning to Livermore, so he has the option of staying in a spare room here. (I'll be coming out to BARF after work on Saturday). Just checking on the situation at Chez Rae Rae.

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Posted 27 September 2014 - 02:36 AM

Folks are more than welcome to crash here on Friday night. :)



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Posted 27 September 2014 - 02:36 AM

Oh, and Saturday night too, of course!!!~



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Posted 27 September 2014 - 03:42 AM

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Posted 27 September 2014 - 06:24 PM

Awesome pics!



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Posted 28 September 2014 - 01:35 AM

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Posted 30 September 2014 - 03:20 PM

My friend has had a family situation arise and will not be attending...


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Posted 30 September 2014 - 03:48 PM

My friend has had a family situation arise and will not be attending...

 

That's too bad. Let him know that if his situation gets better, he's still more than welcome to attend the Saturday party!



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Posted 02 October 2014 - 03:37 PM

Jen and I have run in to an unfortunate situation - we both can't go tomorrow (I can) because our terminal dog has become too sick to leave alone (she randomly hurts herself at this point and needs someone to make sure she's safe, calm her down, give her medication, etc.) - I've tried to find a plus one, but at short notice for a weird band, no takers. I'm happy to eat an extra ticket, but are you stubhubbing or anything like that?

Because I have work early Saturday, my plan is to BART to the show. Anyone else taking BART? Maybe meet at a station?


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