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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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  • MisterJunior

    Yep, coming in January. Hopefully another tour will follow.

    Yesterday 6:30am Reply
  • niQboy

    Looks like we're getting a new live album after all. Thanks Frippucino!

    21 Nov 10:50am Reply
  • Assedor

    This deep and rich music envelops into the atmospheric state of mind and plunges in ambiguous concepts with enormous of interpretations.

    21 Nov 6:04am Reply
  • Dogger_Dog

    vv He posted about last.fm on his blog and said nothing of the album covers. What he was upset about was the "free" streaming last.fm was doing of KC songs and him not being compensated for it. Apparently for Fripp, the difference between last.fm and 1970s AM radio (when I first heard KC) is different, but between you and me, I think last.fm's music streaming service is no different from listening to the radio.

    20 Nov 11:49pm Reply
  • Carl_rere

    I love King Crimson but Fripp is an asshole -_-

    19 Nov 2:50pm Reply
  • Issa-Void

    Maybe it looks to him like we think more about our obsession with album covers than music itself. How many people should tell us that in the end music is more important than all this.

    19 Nov 12:43am Reply
  • Dogger_Dog

    vv He's an eccentric personality, zedshtein. I don't think we can expect to understand his fears, his idiosyncrasies, etc. etc. Many of the world's great artists were plagued with feelings of seclusion, introversion, etc. which translated to the public eye in mysterious ways. From what I've read he doesn't like to be referred to as a genius, and doesn't like to be told what to do, but I've also read that he doesn't express himself clearly, so this is why some artists can't work with him - his expectations are unrealistic because he can't express himself, so nobody knows what he's thinking and feeling until it's too late. So to you and me it seems like he's just being pedantic about the sharing of album covers and what not, but in his mind, it gives him a sense of security and peace to do this. I don't expect to understand it ever, but I do find it odd.

    17 Nov 10:50pm Reply
  • Zzznoked

    Обложки альбомов даже удалили. Какая ж печаль

    15 Nov 3:44pm Reply
  • zedshtein

    So what does he want eventually and what is so wrong in just looking at pictures of the band or covers. Sometimes it looks like he thinks more about his obsession than music itself. How many people should tell him that in the end music is more important than all this.

    12 Nov 7:37pm Reply
  • sushlet

    ``The" prog rock band, for me.

    12 Nov 7:22am Reply
  • RomanyDagger

    I really want to like everything they've put out, but In the Court of the Crimson King and Lizard are the only two I can come back to. Maybe another time.

    9 Nov 7:02am Reply
  • Dogger_Dog

    I think his wife is actually driving much of his recent publicity, so I've read. And maybe he finally realizes that he actually gets paid if he puts his work on iTunes and other electronic distributors. To me, KC presence on Spotify would be the final nail in the coffin of his denial and self-absorption. But, if he was smart about it, he would go straight to Spotify, which is the single most effective mechanism today for fighting piracy. In the end, all the internet has done is move musicians away from fixed contract reimbursement to a variable reimbursement, which one could argue will actually make their output stronger. Personally I like the full LP approach to writing, purchasing, and owning music, but I also recognize I'm going extinct...

    7 Nov 7:19pm Reply
  • onthewall2983

    But there are 3 KC albums on iTunes now, so things might thaw out. I'd imagine he sees Last.FM as part of his problems with the record industry, that recent reports conclude that have recently been resolved which lead to the re-formation of the band. Whether or not this site will be affected by that remains to be seen.

    7 Nov 4:54am Reply
  • Poisonnation

    I think it has something to do with restrictions that Robert Fripp put forth. Probably the same reason King Crimson's music isn't on the iTunes store, or websites alike.

    7 Nov 2:49am Reply
  • AndreDias164

    haha sure.

    6 Nov 1:38pm Reply
  • Wotsthedeal

    Because you are album cover blind.

    6 Nov 5:06am Reply
  • AndreDias164

    Excuse my ignorance, but why the cover albums don't appear on the page?

    5 Nov 10:59pm Reply
  • onthewall2983

    Looks like we'll be getting a new album too. https://twitter.com/DGMLIVEHQ/status/529270660926017536

    4 Nov 11:54am Reply
  • vahik

    When will last.fm finally fix this? I can't even type King Crimson in the search bar and search for this amazing band. And the right part of the page is messed up!!! King Crimson doesn't deserve this!

    4 Nov 7:47am Reply
  • niQboy

    A new album would've been much more worthwhile, instead of a US only tour.

    3 Nov 7:36am Reply
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