Saw King Crimson's 50th Anni Tour in NYC last night

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  1. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    What a show. Pretty much the closest thing to a 'greatest hits' show as you can get with a band like Crimson.

    Very bare-bones, production wise - white lights on stage for most of the show (except for when they opened up in 'Starless and Bible Black, when everything went red), nary a word was said by the band. No 'How's everybody doing tonight,' no 'NEW YORK!!' But they didn't need any of that, they did not have to prompt the crowd - we were ready to be floored, and we were. The band got numerous standing ovations throughout the night.

    I can see why Fripp put the 'drum line' out front - they were the stars of the show! Kudos to the sound engineer for controlling 3 full drum kits without overwhelming the rest of the band! But the non-drumming faction (Fripp, Levin, Jakko and the amazing Mel Collins) shone as well. Every song on the list was dead on the money. Among the songs on the set list (going from memory here), these were absolute standouts:

    Larks' Tongues Pt. 1
    Epitaph
    Moonchild
    Catfood
    Easy Money (with re-written lyrics in order to be more, umm, timely)
    Starless and Bible Black
    Indiscipline
    Court of the Crimson King

    There was, of course, much more. And the acoustics in Radio City were absolutely prefect. We were in the 3rd mezzanine and could hear a pin drop. Here's the view from our seats (taken before the show - no photography or video allowed during the performance):

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    If prog rock is your thing, you gotta see this tour. Worth every penny.
     
  2. Norris Vulcan

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    Nice. I'd love to see this tour.
    Did Fripp do any soundscaping ?
     
  3. StrangerNY

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    Yes, he did some really nice delay-layering early in the show.

    It was pretty cool how they structured the set - pretty much continuous blocks of 4-5 songs, with silent breaks in between. The drummers got two extended segments where they'd solo and pass the beat from one to the next. Levin did a really nice stand up bass solo in 'Moonchild,' and Collins played every one of those great lines that defined a lot of the songs.

    Jakko covered all the vocal bases very nicely - a tall order, seeing as he was singing stuff that was stamped by Lake and Wetton. He did some really nice acoustic work as well.

    - D
     
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    I would've paid just to see Side 2: Moonchild, Epitaph and Court of Crimson King.

    Thanks for the report. I'm envious.
     
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