King Crimson Set to Tour U.S. with 4 drummers: Things are about to get really loud!!!
It seems strange to say that of a band featuring Robert Fripp on Guitar and Tony Levin on Bass but we are talking four drummers! The band hasn’t toured the United States in three years and founder Robert Fripp says considering the current lineup, “King Crimson is “likely to be making a lot more noise than before.”
On his website the legendary guitarist said, “King Crimson’s 2017 touring will be mostly in the US, beginning in Seattle and down the West Coast during early June to July; continuing to the East Coast in the Autumn.” The full Itinerary will be released in the next few weeks.
So what about the band? Fripp calls this lineup a “Double Quartet Formation.” featuring, as expected long time band-mates Tony Levin on bass and Chapman Stick and saxophonist Mel Collins. Also singer and guitarist Jakko Jakszyk and four drummers, Bill Rieflin, Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto and Jeremy Stacey. Stacey and Rieflin will also play keyboards on the tour.
Bill Rieflin – First became known in industrial Rock and Metal with Ministry, the Revolting Cocks, Lard, KMFDM, Pigface, Swans, Chris Connelly, and Nine Inch Nails. He later worked with R.E.M. Fripp and King Crimson Alumin Trey Gunn appeared on his first 2 solo projects – ‘Birth of a Giant’ and ‘The Repercussions of Angelic Behavior.’ He joined King Crimson in 2013.
Gavin Harrison was the drummer for Renaissance from 83-84 and Porcupine Tree from 2002–2010. He has also worked with Incognito, Lisa Stansfield, Artful Dodger, Paul Young, Iggy Pop, Level 42, OSI, King Crimson, Shooter, Dizrhythmia,The Kings Of Oblivion, Sam Brown, Tom Robinson, Go West, Black, Gail Ann Dorsey, B J Cole, Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin, Nathan East, Yasuaki Shimizu, Camouflage, Kevin Ayers, Claudio Baglioni, Franco Battiato, Chizuko Yoshihiro, Jakko, Richard Barbieri, Mick Karn, Eros Ramazzotti, Devogue and 05Ric. He has been with King Crimson since 2008
Pat Mastelotto is a founding member of the band Mr. Mister. He has also worked with Scandal, Al Jarreau, The Pointer Sisters, Patti LaBelle, Kenny Loggins, Martika, Danny Wilde, Kim Mitchell. XTC, The Sugarcubes, Hall & Oates, Cock Robin, The Rembrandts, Jude Cole, Eddie Money, Tina Arena, Matthew Sweet, Julia Fordham, Robyn Hitchcock and David Sylvian. He has been with King Crimson since 1994.
Jeremy Stacey has worked with The Lemon Trees, Sheryl Crow, the Finn Brothers, Nick Harper, Noel Gallagher, The Waterboys, Echo & the Bunnymen, Eurhythmics, Joe Cocker, Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes, Andrea Bocelli, Susanna Hoffs, Robbie Williams, Aztec Camera, Chris Squire (Chris Squire’s Swiss Choir), Boris Grebenshikov and Steve Hackett. He joined King Crimson in 2016 to replace Bill Rieflin after his sabbatical from the band…of course Rieflin is back.
Since 1969 King Crimson have only released 13 studio albums with their last being ‘The Power to Believe’ in 2003. However there are 17 official live albums available and twice that on their ‘Collectors’ Club’ live series. – by John Beaudin
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