King Crimson to play Ruth Eckerd Hall | Diversions
CLEARWATER – After months of pandemic containment, Robert Fripp is ready to hit the road and chair King Crimson. The legendary progressive rock band will kick off their American tour right here in the Tampa Bay area with a performance on Thursday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater.
California Guitar Trio will open the show. Tickets start at $ 53.25. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. This show was originally scheduled for June 2020 but has been postponed due to the pandemic. Tickets will be honored on the new date. Ticket holders are kindly requested to note that the show time has also changed, from 8 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The North American “Music Is Our Friend” tour marks the group’s seventh year of touring since returning to concerts in 2014, a tour only interrupted by the 2020 lockdown. Meanwhile, audiences have been reinvented, as much as the group itself, which Fripp noted after the group’s performance at Pompeii, the famous Italian amphitheater.
“In Pompeii, a large percentage of the audience was made up of young couples,” Fripp said in a press release promoting the tour. “KC has entered the mainstream in Italy. I went on stage knowing that the position of this group in the world has changed level.
The band’s shows regularly include material from 12 of their 13 studio albums, including many songs from their flagship 1969 album “In the Court of the Crimson King”, described by Pete Townshend as a “strange masterpiece. “. The 7-piece band play many historic pieces, which Crimson has never performed live, as well as new arrangements of Crimson classics: “Music is new every time it’s been written.” There are also new instrumentals and songs, as well as compositions by the three drummers, Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Jeremy Stacey, which are regularly featured. A unique show, where seven of the best musicians in the world play music without distraction or ornament.
Fripp was busy during the lockdown producing “Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch”, a series of virtual mini-concerts he gives with his wife Toyah Willcox. Each Sunday, the couple share their renditions of songs from a wide range of musical artists including Nirvana, David Bowie, the Sex Pistols, The Prodigy, Black Sabbath and Eurythmics.
Although best known for his work in King Crimson, Fripp has also contributed to numerous albums by players as diverse as Brian Eno, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Blondie, Talking Heads, Daryl Hall, The Roches, Peter Hammill, Keith Tippett, David Sylvian, L’Orbe and La Grille. “Exposure”, his solo album from 1979, has been described as “the front-punk Sergeant Pepper”. He appeared twice in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time poll, although Fripp says these are likely composer’s mistakes.
“The crimson beast is ready!” Fashion, ”said Fripp, celebrating the upcoming tour. “The Crimson Terror Beast has awoken from its forced slumber and ventures to crush the psyche of innocent people untrained in the pounding assault of the hard-hitting pounding of King Crimson – damn!” kiss! kiss! – before lighting a beat to gel hearts with heartbreaking passion and epic breathtaking deployments to remind us that we are all mere subjects in the drama that unfolds from the unfathomable mysteries of the universe while swaying and having a good time jumping with Tony and Bobby and Gavin and Jakko and Mel and Pat and Jezza too.
In addition to Fripp, members of King Crimson include Tony Levin, Jakko Jakszyk, Mel Collins, Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto and Jeremy Stacey.
Levin has been a member of King Crimson since 1981. Internationally renowned and constantly in demand for his distinctive bass work, he also tours with Peter Gabriel with whom he has worked since 1977. He has appeared on albums by Paul Simon, John Lennon, David Bowie and countless others and recently formed his own group, Stick Men, alongside Mastelotto.
Jakszyk was a member of Level 42, before working with Collins as a member of KC alumni group, 21st Century Schizoid Band, between 2002 and 2004. His 2006 solo album, “The Bruised Romantic Glee Club,” was his first recorded collaboration with Fripp, followed by “A Scarcity of Miracles” in 2011. Acclaimed producer in his own right, Jakszyk recently mixed Jethro Tull’s UK Top 20 album, Ian Anderson, “Homo Erraticus”.
Collins was previously a member of King Crimson from 1970 to 1972, appearing on “In the Wake of Poseidon” (1970), “Lizard” (1970), “Islands” (1971), “Earthbound” (1972) as well as an appearance on “Red” (1974), King Crimson’s last album from the 1970s. He then worked with the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, Dire Straits, Eric Clapton and many others, before returning to King Crimson in 2014.
Harrison joined King Crimson in 2007, playing a series of dates in the United States the following year. A respected author and tutor, he has also recorded three albums with The Pineapple Thief, although Harrison is probably best known for his work with Porcupine Tree. Modern Drummer magazine placed him in their Top 50 Drummers of All Time.
Mastelotto joined King Crimson in 1994 after working with Fripp and David Sylvian. A member of the hit 1980s American band and MTV favorites Mr. Mister, he is both comfortable in experimental music working with KTU as well as in pop and rock appearing on Rembrandts albums. , Hall and Oates and XTC.
Stacey is a British drummer. His early work included the 1990s band The Lemon Trees with his twin brother Paul Stacey on guitars, Guy Chambers and others, as well as Denzil. He has also performed with Sheryl Crow, the Finn Brothers, Nick Harper, Noel Gallagher and many more. On March 7, 2016, it was announced that he would take Bill Rieflin’s place as center drummer on the King Crimson 2016 European tour, a position he retained even after Rieflin’s too brief return to the band in as a keyboardist.
The California Guitar Trio will appear as a special guest for the first leg of the tour, including the show at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
Since 1991, the group has seduced listeners with a singular sound that crosses genres without fear. The trio’s spirit of quest drives them to explore the intersections between rock, jazz, classical and world music. He even occasionally throws in surf or spaghetti western tunes for good measure.
Comprised of Bert Lams, Hideyo Moriya and Paul Richards, the group established a unique personal bond with the audience. In addition to dazzling musicality and interaction, CGT shows are full of gripping stories and humor that make viewers feel like part of the music, not just viewers. In fact, the group’s goal is to transcend their instruments, so that people focus on the music first, and its considerable technical prowess second.