King Crimson to Tour in 2017, Mainly in U.S.


King Crimson to Tour in 2017, Mainly in U.S.

–Joe Lund

Prog rock pioneers King Crimson are planning to tour in 2017, according to band leader Robert Fripp. Fripp broke the news in a recent blog post on his website. “King Crimson’s 2017 touring will be mostly in the U.S.,” wrote Fripp, “beginning in Seattle and down the West Coast during early June to July; continuing to the East Coast in the autumn.”

Besides Fripp, the band configuration for the tour will consist of bassist Tony Levin, saxophonist Mel Collins, singer-guitarist Jakko Jakszyk, and four drummers—Bill Rieflin, Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto and Jeremy Stacey. Rieflin and Stacey will also handle keyboard duties. Fripp has christened the lineup the “Double Quartet Formation,” promising that the configuration will offer “a lot more noise than before.”

King Crimson has released three live recordings in the past two years, including last year’s three-disc set, Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind. The band’s last studio album, The Power to Believe, was issued in 2003. As regard the upcoming tour, Fripp made no reference to specific dates or cities, other than Seattle—but he did promise more details “in the coming weeks.”