An Evening with King Crimson
This Halloween night, fall under the musical spell of King Crimson, one of the greatest progressive rock bands of all time, when the group makes its NJPAC debut.
Led by group founder, guitar hero and Mellotron virtuoso Robert Fripp, King Crimson has been a leading force in prog rock since the release of its groundbreaking 1969 debut, In the Court of the Crimson King. In the decades since, this pioneering unit has continued to embody the progressive rock movement with a series of some of that music’s most enduring albums: Islands, Red, Discipline, Beat, Three of a Perfect Pair, and more. Classic Crimson tracks like “I Talk to the Wind,” “Heartbeat,” “Sleepless,” and “21st Century Schizoid Man” continue to reach generation after generation of rock enthusiasts.
The current eight-piece lineup of King Crimson includes group founder Robert Fripp (guitar), Tony Levin (bass), Jakko Jakszyk (guitar, vocals), and Mel Collins (flute, saxophones) alongside drummers and multi-instrumentalists Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto, Jeremy Stacey and Bill Rieflin.
“King Crimson’s sinuous, intricate music encompasses innumerable styles – free-form jazz, muscular rock, funky grooves, psychedelic and more – but it is nearly always hypnotic,” The Hollywood Reporter wrote after one recent concert. “Anchoring it all is Fripp, employing his frequently distorted guitars with such stylistic divergence that it was hard to believe there was only one of him ....”
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