King Crimson Dusts Off Classics For 50th Anniversary Tour


Legendary prog-rock band King Crimson recently kicked off their 50th Anniversary Tour. The group performed a handful of songs that had been shelved for a while during the public tour opener at Haus Auensee in Leipzig, Germany on June 10.

The lineup for this year’s King Crimson tour includes mastermind Robert Fripp, bassist Tony Levin, multi-instrumentalist Jakko Jakszyk, saxophonist Mel Collins, drummers Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto and Jeremy Stacey as well as multi-instrumentalist Bill Rieflin. King Crimson played a warmup show for friends and family in Leipizig on Sunday before the tour opener on Monday.

King Crimson busted out “Cat Food” from 1970’s In The Wake Of Poseidon for the first time since 1974. Other rarities that made the setlist are “The Sheltering Sky” off 1981’s Discipline, which had been shelved since 1996 and “EleKtrik” from off 2003’s Live In Japan, a song last played that year. “Indiscipline,” “The Court Of The Crimson King” and “Larks’ Tongue In Aspic, Part One” are among the classics King Crimson has performed thus far this tour.

“Discipline” and “Pictures Of A City” made the setlist on Wednesday in Frankfurt for their tour debuts. Last night’s concert in Frankfurt featured even more tour debuts including “Neurotica,” “Cadence & Cascade,” “Lizard,” “Larks’ Tongue In Aspic, Part Two,” “21st Century Schizoid Man” and “Red.” King Crimson’s tour continues on Saturday in Stuttgart.

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