Guitarist Robert Fripp and his group King Crimson returns to the Bay Area for 2 shows, beginning this Friday and Saturday night at the Fox Theater in Oakland. Those of us who were fortunate enough to see them at the Warfield in San Francisco back in ’14 are in for another treat with his latest line-up.
“King Crimson was conceived in November 1968 and born on January 13th 1969 in the Fulham Palace Cafe, London (Fripp/Ian McDonald/Greg Lake/Michael Giles/Pete Sinfield), coming to prominence after supporting The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park. Their ground-breaking debut In The Court Of The Crimson King (1969) described by Pete Townshend as “an uncanny masterpiece”, began a career that has spanned four decades and influenced many bands and individuals including Yes, Genesis, Tool, and Porcupine Tree.”
The tour kicked off June 13th in Seattle, with a lineup consisting of the masterful Fripp and longtime associates Tony Levin (bass, Chapman Stick), Mel Collins (saxophone) alongside Jakko Jakszyk (singer/guitarist ), Bill Rieflin (keyboards), Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto and Jeremy Stacey, (drums). Stacey and Rieflin will also double as keyboardists. Referring to this tour configuration as the “Double Quartet Formation,” Fripp said King Crimson is “likely to be making a lot more noise than before.”
King Crimson 2017 Tour
Fox Theater, Oakland, CA
June 16th & 17th