KING CRIMSON

King Crimson. was a progressive rock group led by guitar virtuoso Robert Fripp.
A lot of musicians have played in this band over the years, but the most well-known
line-up from the early 80's contained Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Bill Bruford and Tony Levin.
A page filled with news and information can be found at http://www.krimson-news.com

In July of 1969, the group debuted in front of 650, 000 people in London's Hyde Park with the
Rolling Stones as the main act. Later the same month King Crimson recorded their first album
"In the Court of the Crimson King".
After the first album Greg Lake, joined the group. He only stayed to record vocals on the next
album before joining Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

In July of 1972, Fripp put together a new band consisting of ex-Yes drummer Bill Bruford, ex-Family
member John Wetton on bass and vocals, David Cross on violin and Mellotron, and Jamie Muir on
percussion. This version of the group recorded their debut album "Larks' Tongues in Aspic".
Muir left the line-up early 1973 and Fripp disbanded the group on September 25, 1974, seemingly
for the last time. Wetton joined Uriah Heep before going on to international success as the lead
singer of Asia.

In April of 1981, Fripp formed a group called Discipline with Bruford, bassist Tony Levin, and
guitarist/singer Adrian Belew. By the time their album was released in October of that year, the
group's name had been changed to King Crimson (the album was still titled "Discipline", however).
King Crimson remained silent for about a decade after some recordings, as compilations and vintage
live performances continued to trickle out.

It took until 2000 for the band to come up with a new studio album ("ConstruKCtion of Light").
After this drummer Bill Bruford and bassist Tony Levin left the band.

For the band's 30th anniversary, Fripp commissioned the remastering of the first 15 years' catalog.
Slated for early 2001, the reissues feature remastered sound, and original album art.
The latest line-up I've found is with Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Pat Mastelotto (used to be a member
of Mr Mister) and Trey Gunn.

 

Adrian Belew
The Rhino, as he's called by a few, is a vanishing species. He's one medium-well done human who is
a multi-instrumentalist (he started on drums and is in the Guitar Gallery of Greats), he's also an arranger
and record producer, no1 songwriter, terrific vocalist and frontman for the current Crimson Kings. What's
most unusual with Adrian is the nature of his career build. In months, he literally went from playing mostly
covers in a bar band to touring the world with Zappa. He has ice skated with Laurie Anderson and snorkeled
with D'Sheik.


Tony Levin
Tony have worked with many artists including Peter Gabriel, Laurie Anderson, Joan Armatrading and many
more. Currently, Tony Levin continues to do projects with King Crimson, and release CD's and books on his
own. His book of road stories and drawings, "Beyond the Bass Clef" came out in 1999, followed by a photo
and journal book of his years in King Crimson.
Check for more info on Tony at http://www.tonylevin.com


Robert Fripp
Fripp worked with a lot of people during the years and is well known as the guitarist on David Bowie's Scary
Monsters album. Fripp left the music industry between 1984 and 1991 to establish the Guitar Craft seminar
program, which continues around the world.
Recent collaborations include David Sylvian, "The First Day" (1993), and "Damage" (1994), "FFWD" with The Orb
and Thomas Fehlmann (1994), and contributions to albums by The Grid and The Future Sound of London.
Soundscapes are an extension and development of Frippertronics, itself based on the tape delay system used
by Brian Eno on "No Pussyfooting" and "Discreet Music". It remains the best way Fripp knows to make a lot of
noise with one guitar.


Bill Bruford
This great drummer is probably most known as a member of the groups Yes and Genesis.
Bill Bruford now lives in the Surrey Hills with Carolyn, one cat, two fish, and three children
http://www.billbruford.co.uk

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