King Crimson Provides 2021 Tour Update

By Scott Bernstein Jan 25, 2021 11:17 am PST

King Crimson was due to embark on a six-week tour of North America last summer that was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The legendary prog-rock band’s manager, David Singleton, penned an update on the status of the run.

“We know that many who have bought tickets, or hope to buy tickets, for King Crimson shows this year eagerly await positive news. It would be wonderful to announce definite plans to give us all something to which to look forward,” Singleton wrote. “Sadly that is not yet possible. We continue to work around the significant issues created by the pandemic, not least the considerable uncertainty about when large scale concerts will be safe to resume.”

King Crimson are plotting out two potential schedules for a U.S. tour in 2021 that the band hopes will be followed by a trip to Japan towards the end of year. “The first period in the USA, with concerts in the Southern States, probably starting in Florida and ending in California, would be mid-July to early August,” Singleton explained. “The second period, largely on the East Coast and Canada, would be late August to mid-September.”

“Those are the only touring periods available to the band in the USA, so we wait to see exactly which shows it will be possible to play,” King Crimson’s manager added. “Much will depend on the success of the vaccine programmes on both sides of the Atlantic. We will announce dates as soon as we have them.”

Singleton noted the band is aiming to perform in “the vast majority of the cities from the original tour schedule.” The update included no specific word on the handful of Canadian dates that were part of the excursion or whether The Zappa Band featuring Frank Zappa alums will still co-headline the tour.

King Crimson frontman Robert Fripp has been keeping busy by accompanying his wife, Toyah Willcox on weekly livestreams. Robert and Toyah perform classic rock covers as part of the series. The two most recent covers shared by the pair were takes on Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell” and Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome To The Jungle.”

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