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First King Crimson gig

Can you remember your first KC gig or even your last KC gig? We want to hear up those memories here.

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Postby phoenixal on Tue Oct 18, 2005 4:13 pm

Thanks, RYG. I already own all of the KCCC releases.

Allan.
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Postby Gilesfan on Tue Oct 18, 2005 8:07 pm

phoenixal wrote:To my dismay, Jamie had
injured himself at a Marquee, London gig on 10th Feb, and promptly
left the band.


According to Jamie in the previously posted interview, that was a made-up story and an excuse for him to not do the gig. He knew he wanted to leave the band.
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Postby jtmack on Thu Oct 20, 2005 8:06 pm

Phoenixal wrote:I am a relatively new member and had no idea that you were so dismissive of the '72/'73 KC as a top live act.


First of all welcome, nice to have someone around here that has seen shows from the 70's. I’m not dismissive of the 72-73Kc line up at all (I did not have the privilege seeing Mr. Muir). I said that a Geneses was the best show I’ve ever seen, not the best show I’ve ever heard, Kc is. I like the new Kc material better, Kc has grown so much since the 70‘s. Look at their last two line ups Ade Buford T/L T/G p@ those guys have a lot of experience and sound great. Some miss the vocals by G/L Boz? J/W I’d love to hear them tackle some of the new stuff vocally. As far as Jamie Muir goes I've only seen him on ProjeKtion TV what a treat it must have been to see him. Everyone has their favorites let’s face it there is no best, it’s all is in the mind of the partaker. I hope Fripp gets through his spiritual sojourn ready to reform Kc soon. I’ve read somewhere Steve Hackett said the shows at the Roxy in December 72? were some best shows they ever did. I was shocked to see PG with his reverse Mohawk. When PG started unzipping his black zippered costume almost all the way off shouting NOW! NOW! NOW! I felt almost raped, my god I was stunned. In a deer in the headlights sort of way. Then at the end of "Supers Ready" He came out as Santa, there was no encore, how could there be. As far as Led zeppelin goes if they weren’t the most over produced electric blues band ever. The two Johns were good live players, with JB being one of the greats. Jimmy Page is sloppy live but still entertaining in Daze and Confused, RP’s voice is over produced. Yeah they were still really good. Please do tell more....
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Postby phoenixal on Fri Oct 21, 2005 1:42 pm

jtmack, thanks for the welcome.
In real terms there are no best, or worst, incarnations of KC, but, whilst
saying that, we all, as individuals, have our favourite periods/line-ups.
My love affair with all things KC began back in 1972, and has remained
as passionate as ever, up to the current (non existent), incarnation.
What personally frustrates me with the band, since the end of the 2000
tour (24th Nov, 2000), is the lack of live improvisation. To me, this is
fundementally what the band were about back in the '72-'74 line-ups,
and whilst it was a big part of the 2000 line-up, it has now ceased.
Whilst I own all of the later releases, including some fantastic quality
boots from the 2003 tour, the music, whilst awesome, has become, for me
somewhat predictable, with constant live setlists. The musicianship is
absolutely tops, but is it too polished? They never now, just abandon
the studio material, and let rip. I can only hope that any future line-up
will try to live a little more dangerously.
Come on RF sort it out!!!! We need more now!!!

Allan.
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Postby pbak on Thu Dec 01, 2005 1:35 pm

I saw Robert play for the first time with the Discipline line up at
Her Majesty's Theatre on 10th May 1981.

I actually spoke to Bill Bruford and a very tall bald gentleman,
who I subsequently realised was Tony Levin, in a nearby Macdonalds
before the gig.

I was blown away by the gig, especially when Robert actually spoke
about the theatre being used for restoration comedy, then he sat
down and the band launched into Red.

A truly memorable occasion.

( I also saw KC later on in 1981 at Friars Aylesbury. )
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Postby Whiskey Vengeance on Fri Dec 02, 2005 1:35 am

phoenixal wrote:Back in 1970, an older friend of mine introduced me to ITCOTCK. Fell in
love with 21st CSM, sort of liked Epitaph and Court of Crimson King, but
not totally sure. Then in 1972, the same friend got hold of tickets to see
KC in London. He persuaded me to go along. Therefore my first
experience of Live KC was at the Rainbow Theatre, on the 13th December
1972. Was this a life changing experience, No but musically I knew that
things would never be the same again. The Classic, in my opinion,
lineup of Fripp, Bruford, Wetton, Cross and Muir, were just superb. The
energy, power, inventiveness & theatre (Muir), was breathtaking. I will
never forget Muir using most everything as an instrument, and clambering
over all of his equipment, the banks of speakers and even climbing up
the stage curtains to a dangerous height. Jamie must have been simply
exhausted after every gig. On that night they played the "Larks Tongues"
setlist with two impro's. It seemed so fresh, alive and unique. From that
night I have remained a firm follower of KC in whatever form it becomes.


Great story! Do you have the recording of that concert that's been circulating?
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Postby phoenixal on Fri Dec 02, 2005 10:29 am

Whiskey Vengeance.
Yes, I have a boot of that gig called "Wide Receiver Live". I felt I had to
have it. Unfortunately, the sound is pretty awful.
The JM era KC is my favourite, and I have now managed to obtain every
available cd recording of him in the band, bar one (a boot called "Mad
King Crimson"- which seems to sum him up quite nicely!).
We will never see the like of that band again.

A.
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Postby jtmack on Fri Dec 02, 2005 10:47 am

Welcome aboard Pbak. Nice first gig story.
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Postby Whiskey Vengeance on Sun Dec 04, 2005 8:46 am

phoenixal wrote:Whiskey Vengeance.
Yes, I have a boot of that gig called "Wide Receiver Live". I felt I had to
have it. Unfortunately, the sound is pretty awful.
The JM era KC is my favourite, and I have now managed to obtain every
available cd recording of him in the band, bar one (a boot called "Mad
King Crimson"- which seems to sum him up quite nicely!).
We will never see the like of that band again.

A.


Yeah, the sound's pretty bad, but it's a good performance... Do you have the newly-released "Improvisations"? That's the only Muir-era show that's eluded me, besides the Glasgow/Mad King Crimson boot.
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Postby phoenixal on Sun Dec 04, 2005 10:17 am

Whiskey Vengeance.
Yes, I have managed to obtain one of the 300 releases of the "Improvisations" boot. The sound on that one is pretty good, but
it only includes half of each show.
I have my eyes permanetely scanning the net, to obtain a copy of the
Glasgow gig (Mad KC), to complete my collection of JM era KC. One
day maybe??

A.
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