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London, England, United Kingdom (1968 – 1974, 1981 – 1984, 1994 – 2009, 2013 – present)

King Crimson are a progressive rock group from London, England, United Kingdom formed in 1968 by guitarist Robert Fripp and drummer Michael Giles. Though originally an all-British musical group, later members have included a number of Americans, most notably Adrian Belew, and Tony Levin. The name “King Crimson” was coined by Peter Sinfield as a synonym for Beelzebub, prince of demons.

King Crimson’s debut album was In the Court of the Crimson King. The first major success of the new genre of progressive rock, many bands that would come to dominate ‘prog’ in the 1970s first sought to emulate In the Court of the Crimson King, including Genesis, The Alan Parsons Project, and later Rush.

The line-up of King Crimson has at times changed drastically from album to album. Original lead singer and bassist Greg Lake left the group - as did lyricist Peter Sinfield - and went on to fame with Emerson, Lake & Palmer in 1970, replaced by Gordon Haskell, Boz Burrell, and, briefly, Jon Anderson of Yes. Also from Yes came drummer Bill Bruford, who joined King Crimson in 1972 and became one of the more enduring members. For the next three years, Bruford and Fripp were joined by future Asia frontman John Wetton. With comparatively few additional musicians, these mid-1970s albums and performances showed a more raw and stylistically focused - though still improvisational - King Crimson. In 1974 the band split temporarily.

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  • putuebo

    King Crimson sucks, all of their album covers look identical (9)

    Yesterday 7:33am Reply
  • Acidflux

    @mot00rzysta "So close, yet so far away".

    13 Jul 3:15am Reply
  • VasilySavush

    Уже только за один их великий дебютник Фриппу и компании памятник поставить надо

    11 Jul 5:38am Reply
  • ManiacDancer

    Missed listening to them

    11 Jul 5:16am Reply
  • pedrobrms

    greatest progressive rock band ever. <3

    11 Jul 4:52am Reply
  • Vivo_Active

    Due to certain legal restrictions imposed on Last.fm by King Crimson's Management, we are currently unable to display images or accept image uploads to this page. We apologize and are working to resolve this matter lol

    11 Jul 1:04am Reply
  • mot00rzysta

    @acidflux why won't you go trolling lady gaga's page instead

    9 Jul 3:29pm Reply
  • Acidflux

    King Crimson sucks, all of their album covers look identical (8)

    6 Jul 12:03am Reply
  • KullatNuSimmah

    What happened to all the artworks?

    5 Jul 3:40am Reply
  • Jugulator93

    I'm retarded, it's on the DGM site

    3 Jul 8:16am Reply
  • Jugulator93

    HOLY SHIT How did the dude who uploaded this get his hands on it?

    1 Jul 9:40pm Reply
  • LemoonScream

    New King Crimson's song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nI4LSgqOQmw#t=44 It called Venturing Unto Joy Pt 1

    1 Jul 3:43pm Reply
  • BetoMMacedo

    in the wake of the poseidon king > in the court of crimson

    30 Jun 8:58pm Reply
  • Natasja-84

    No European dates?

    30 Jun 7:48pm Reply
  • BlackMetallizer

    Red > ITCOTCK [2]

    27 Jun 9:21pm Reply
  • mot00rzysta

    @Edengeist: agree. Moreso, Adrian Belew is excellent addition to ANY lineup

    23 Jun 8:39am Reply
  • LakeGlade12

    Fripp's efforts are futile, once he dies someone else will own the music and they will want to flog it on itunes, make the album artwork view-able etc. He is achieving nothing except make KC less know for the younger generations, which goes against everything a artist should want, to make his art known to a wider audience. Give up Fripp and make some more KC albums instead.

    22 Jun 11:32am Reply
  • CrimsonEmperor

    Discipline > ITCOTCK > Larks > the rest >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Islands and Lizard

    22 Jun 1:16am Reply
  • microtesla

    we are working to resolve this matter

    21 Jun 3:38am Reply
  • BetoMMacedo

    these jokes sucks, all the shoutbox is identical (9)

    20 Jun 5:40pm Reply
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