Adrian Belew & Robert Fripp Put King Crimson Drama Behind Them


Guitarist Adrian Belew was a long tenured member of legendary progressive band King Crimson, yet when Robert Fripp put together the latest version of the the group in 2013 he didn’t invite Belew to participate. Fripp informed Belew via email he was moving forward without him and there was acrimony between the pair that lasted until a call between the two this past weekend. Robert has named Adrian Belew as “ninth member inactive” of King Crimson, so while the guitarist won’t be part of KC’s upcoming tour the door is open for future collaborations.

Fripp posted the following about his conversation with Belew, “Very happy to report that I have just spoken to Brother Belew and addressed various issues beginning with B and D. Ade and me have pledged to continue a convention of pumping down monster margaritas, both in Mount Juliet and here in Bredonborough, where Slinky Toes Willcox makes a mean margarita herself. Adrian has also agreed to be King Crimson’s Ninth Man. Who knows what the future holds for this strange outfit?”

Robert clarified what Adrian’s role of ninth man was all about, “Have just toasted Brother Ade at a distance with a Slinky Toes’ Monster Margarita. There are no current plans for Adrian to come out with the current formation; but in Crimson’s strange history there is a tendency for things to come around. So, Adrian has rejoined the larger family – hooray! – and doors to the future are open. So, no plans, but who knows what the future holds? Right now, I’m looking forward to Gizmodrome and getting a few more guitar lessons…”

King Crimson kicks off fall tour, without Belew, on October 19.

[Hat Tip – Ultimate Classic Rock]

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