Posted in music | pictures on December 5, 2010

photos by Greg Cristman

Robert Fripp

Robert Fripp, the man behind "Frippertronics" and the brain behind progressive kingpins King Crimson, played four shows at the Winter Garden of the World Financial Center in NYC on 12/3 and 12/4. Each day he played at 12:30pm - especially convenient for the downtown lunch crowd on Friday, and again at 7:30pm. The shows were billed as "Soundscapes", "site-specific, often done in majestic spaces, and always created in the spirit of the moment..."

"Fripp played his sunburst colored Les Paul as he sat next to a rack of devices and floor pedals. The tone was clear and went through different loops and sound delay. There are no hard riffs or arpeggios, but instead light orchestral spacey phrases occasionally punctuated with some minimalistic soloing. The closest thing to compare soundscapes to for the uninitiated is probably film soundtrack music. The relaxing calm of the music appeared to comment on, but not be interrupted by the holiday noise of shoppers and tourists that came in and out of the atrium. The music works as something that you can sample and walk away from by design, take from it what you will. The only identifiable familiar part of the almost hour long set was a brief quotation from the 1974 King Crimson album Red from the song "Starless."" [Mark's Music Loft]
That review came from the third of four shows. The pictures in this post are from the 2nd, and more of them are below...

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Robert Fripp

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Comments (43)

Great pictures! I was at both evening performances (2nd and 4th).

Posted by TXC | December 5, 2010 6:11 PM

Note to reviewer: it's not a Les Paul.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2010 6:20 PM

Maybe that guitar used to be a Les Paul, but it has been so heavily modified, who knows?

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2010 6:21 PM

Ian McDonald was in audience for 4th show; nobody recognized him.

Posted by donn | December 5, 2010 6:31 PM

^No way! Awesome!

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2010 6:39 PM

Who?

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2010 7:21 PM

That must have been so sick!

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2010 7:22 PM

Needs more merch table photos. Maybe pics of people milling around outside too.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2010 7:35 PM

7:21 - founding member of King Crimson w/ Fripp, Lake, Giles and Sinfield.

Posted by donn | December 5, 2010 7:42 PM

7:42, now you're going to have to explain to him who King Crimson were...

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2010 8:05 PM

@7:35- I got there very late after being delayed over an hour in traffic. Walked in during the middle of the set and had to leave immediately after to go shoot Killing Joke at Irving Plaza. Thus, no pictures of "merch table" or "of people milling around outside". Unfortunately, I never even got to see the merch table but I did see and shoot two amazing shows! Sorry.

Posted by greg C | December 5, 2010 8:10 PM

8:05; i know. he/she/infant may have to do a little research. you say "were"; i think it's another hiatus for KC, no?

Posted by donn | December 5, 2010 8:10 PM

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2010 8:11 PM

shit like this really makes me miss living in nyc....

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2010 8:28 PM

"Maybe that guitar used to be a Les Paul, but it has been so heavily modified, who knows?"

Wrong. The headstock isn't even close to being a Gibson headstock. The inlays aren't Gibson inlays either.

It's not a Les Paul. Period.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2010 8:29 PM

jeez, you would think he would have his own les paul model named after him.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2010 8:34 PM

RIP Les Paul

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2010 8:35 PM

Not a Les Paul, nor a Crimson Guitar, it is a Fernandes.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2010 8:47 PM

There was no "merch table," just a table with some info about WFC arts events. (If there was a merch table, I missed it.)

Posted by TXC | December 5, 2010 8:54 PM

Donn, I wrestled with using the past tense, but Fripp has been murmuring that this may be the last time...

http://www.dgmlive.com/diaries.htm?entry=18229

Posted by Royce Farrell | December 5, 2010 8:58 PM

i went to the sat night show. sat in the center on the steps...three dudes walked and sat right next to me...reeked of weed...stunk like absolute shit.

that said, very enjoyable to take a nap to.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2010 9:09 PM

That's actually Paul Schaffer's blind older brother....jerks.

Posted by DaveK | December 5, 2010 9:29 PM

Now im waiting for Rick Wakeman's The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table on Ice to comeback and play MSG.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2010 10:01 PM

That's one amazing Les Paul!

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2010 10:14 PM

I went to this on Saturday. The last time I saw Fripp was at King Crimson on Pier 84 in 1982.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 12:00 AM

that was les paul?

Posted by ohno | December 6, 2010 8:36 AM

I thought Les Paul died

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 9:09 AM

It was more of a Less Paul.

Get it? See what I did there?

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 9:21 AM

he did, but fripp's guitar is a specially-modified Fernandes Les Paul "copy". That is what it is advertised and sold as.

The guitar he used before this one (1995-now) was a Tokai Les Paul (1985-1995), another "copy"....

and then his original black Les Paul I think 1957 or 1959 model used from 1968-1983.

Posted by matt | December 6, 2010 9:33 AM

Royce @ 8:58. Thanks for link. What more could we ask of Robert re KC? His contributions speak for themselves.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 10:07 AM

I'm surprised he didn't hide behind his equipment stacks. Last time I saw KC I was front row and couldn't even see the guy. And when the set finished, he literally got up and walked off stage while the rest of the band waved and said their goodbyes.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 10:49 AM

I am sad I missed this...totally forgot about this show..great pictures. As for the troll comments..please,get a clue

Posted by Jim Idol | December 6, 2010 11:29 AM

@10:49- The front row was about thirty feet from the stage. When done Fripp bowed to the audience from stage left and right and left the building w/o uttering a single word.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 4:08 PM

robert fripp is god. if you haven't gotten into king crimson yet, whooooo boy i feel bad for you

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 4:23 PM

Correct.. the guitar in this pic is a Fernandes les paul copy loaded with their sustainer and a Roland GK MIDI pickup.. and with a Kahler tremolo. This is one of the few guitars that Robert has that I've not had to work on, he currently has two Burney's, several Tokais a Beaudeaux, not to mention several original 50's les pauls (though I've not added any fancy electrickery to these!!) His main guitar however is his Crimson Guitars signature Hollow .. http://www.crimsonguitars.com/robert-fripp-hollow-standard the next one we are building for him will be even better with the new wilkinson tremolo loaded with state of the art ghost MIDI and piezo technology.. still a sustainer though.. anyway, you're as likely to see this master with a £200 Burney as a 1959 les paul.. or one of mine, makes guitar spotting so much more fun!

Posted by Crimson Guitars | December 6, 2010 5:55 PM

^Sick guitar. Earlier I was also admiring the custom hollow. Both are absolutely gorgeous.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 9:42 PM

sorry I missed this-he is one of the best-I have seen KC 6 times and met Robert once-he was a truly nice, modest individual and showed great compassion towards a struggling unemployed man {myself!) He gets a lot of bad press and it is undeserved-his craft is superb!

Posted by Dave | December 6, 2010 10:01 PM

THE FUCKING MERCH TABLE THING WAS A JOKE

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 4:16 AM

To Anonymous a few comments ago.
Dot Stein a/k/a Dr. Dot does not
listen to King Crimson, nor has
she ever heard them b/c they are
not on the radio. She is the world
famous rock and roll masseuse that
has massaged Roger Waters feet. She
has massaged Adrian Belew, too b/c
of the Zappa link. GO FIGURE!!!

Posted by Ronald Gelber | December 7, 2010 4:21 AM

FWIW, Pat Mastelotto was at the Friday 12:30 show

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 9:57 AM

Top-shelf photos, as usual!

Posted by Doctor B | December 8, 2010 11:41 PM

That's actually Paul Schaffer's blind older brother....jerks.

Posted by Leonwde | November 2, 2012 10:37 PM

Fripp play on Gibson

Posted by filip2122 | January 27, 2014 3:19 PM

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