King Crimson announce many more tour dates, releasing lots of stuff
Prog legends King Crimson (whose lineup currently has longtime band leader Robert Fripp plus Mel Collins, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison, Jakko Jakszyk, Bill Rieflin, and Jeremy Stacey) have added many more North American dates to their 50th anniversary world tour. After announcing LA, Chicago, and NYC shows back in December, they’ve now announced shows in Oakland, Denver, DC, Toronto, Montreal, Boston, Philly, Cleveland, Nashville, Atlanta, and more. Celebration packages for all newly-added dates (except Montreal) are available now, and regular tickets go on sale Friday (1/25). All dates are listed below.
King Crimson are also celebrating their 50th anniversary by releasing a new documentary, a few box sets including a 50th anniversary box set for their classic 1969 debut In The Court of the Crimson King, a digital music archive with 50 “new, rare or alternate [takes] from across the KC catalogue” that will updated with one song a week, and other merchandise. Here’s more info:
Physical music releases include:
February: King Crimson 1972 – 74 – the second boxed set of 6LPs from Larks’ Tongues in Aspic to the expanded USA in 200 gram vinyl.
May: Heaven and Earth: Multi-disc CD/ DVD-a/Blu-Ray set covering the period from the late 1990s – 2008 – completing the availability of all King Crimson studio albums in 5.1 multi-channel audio.
Oct: Complete 1969 Recordings CD/DVD-a/Blu-Ray set – completing the availability of all King Crimson studio albums on Blu-Ray.
A vinyl set of 1969 recordings is also being planned
Other planned music releases include: 200 gram vinyl editions of Beat and Three of a Perfect Pair, the 2CD 2019 King Crimson tour box – 6th in the series of releases issued to accompany each tour from 2014 onwards
50 Collectors’ Club Releases
2019 will see the release of CLUB48, CLUB49 and CLUB50 – the final three in the Collectors Club series, taking it 50 releases in the band’s 50th year. CLUB48 will be a recently discovered board recording of the concert in Newcastle on 8th December 1972 by the complete Larks Tongues in Aspic line-up before Jamie Muir left the band.
In The Court of the Crimson King Companion & Boxed Set
Oct: Released to coincide and celebrate the original release date of King Crimson’s debut album on 12th October 1969:
Limited edition expanded boxed set of “In The Court of the King Crimson” including all the live recordings, the expanded multitrack 1969 recording sessions, as well as a new 5.1 remix of the album.DGM Companion Vol 1, edited by Robert Fripp & David Singleton – Vinyl sized coffee table book covering the history of “In The Court of Crimson King”, with complete timeline, extensive photos, recollections and essays.
June: Sid Smith’s long out-of-print acclaimed biography, In the Court of King Crimson will be published in a revised, updated and expanded edition.
50 special Digital music releases, KC 50:
50 tracks, 1 per week featuring a new, rare or alternate take from across the KC catalogue and available via all major download and streaming services
Each track will be accompanied by a special spoken word introduction by King Crimson manager/producer David Singleton.
Cosmic F*Kc: The King Crimson documentary, directed by Toby Amies, who has been given unique access to the current band as well as interviews with past members and archive footage. To be released in late 2019.
An accompanying soundtrack will also be issued.
Limited edition Silk Screen prints of Barry Godber’s famous “Screaming Face” cover from “In The Court of the Crimson King”
200 limited edition Silk Screen prints of the outer sleeve of In the Court of the Crimson King. 100 copies of the interior. Printed at actual size of the original art (46.5 inches x 27.5 inches including surround)
All prints will be signed and numbered by Robert Fripp. Early purchasers will be given the option to buy matching numbered sets
12 special 50th anniversary T-shirts, complementing the artwork for the KC50 digital download series.
Listen to the first two tracks from the digital music archive, along with the list of tour dates, below.
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King Crimson — 2019 50th Anniversary Tour Dates
10th June – Haus Auensee – Leipzig
12th June – Frankfurt – Jahrhunderthalle
13th June – Frankfurt – Jahrhunderthalle
15th June – Stuttgart – Liederhalle
16th June – Stuttgart – Liederhalle
18th June – London – Royal Albert Hall
19th June – London – Royal Albert Hall
20th June – London – Royal Albert Hall
26th June – Warsaw – Teatr Roma
27th June – Warsaw – Teatr Roma
29th June – Berlin – Zitadelle
04th July – Basel – Romisches Theater Augusta Raurica
08th July – Verona – Arena Di Verona
10th July – Torino – Stupinigi Sonic Park
12th July – Escalarre – Doctor Music Festival
13th July – Escalarre – Doctor Music Festival
14th July – Escalarre – Doctor Music Festival
18th July – Perugia – Arena Santa Giuliana
23rd August – Mexico City – Teatro Metropolitan
24th August – Mexico City – Teatro Metropolitan
27th August – Guadalajara – Teatro Diana
29th August – Mexico City – Teatro Metropolitan
03rd September – Los Angeles – Greek Theatre
05th September – Oakland – Fox Theater
06th September – Oakland – Fox Theater
08th September – Denver – Paramount Theater
10th September – Chicago – Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt Uni
12th September – Washington DC – Warner Theatre
14th September – Toronto – Budweiser Stage
17th September – Montreal – St. Denis Theatre
19th September – Boston – Boch Center Wang Theater
21st September – New York – Radio City Music Hall
23rd September – Philadelphia – The Met
25th September – Cleveland – Hard Rock Casino
27th September – Nashville – The Ryman Auditorium
29th September – Atlanta – The Cobb Center
06th October – Rio de Janeiro – Sunset Stage Rock In Rio