Thu 20 Jun 2019
Royal Albert Hall, London
Artists watched: King Crimson
King Crimson in 2019? Let's see how that goes ...
PUT IT AWAY! YOU WILL GET THROWN OUT!
This was my welcome from the German lady sitting in the seat next to mine. Because it's 2019, and I have my own business which is one of those businesses where I get messages all day, every day of the year, I'm holding (and reading) my phone. And yes I did see the rather stern sign that bands who made their millions like to put up, because for some reason I can't enjoy a gig if anyone points a phone at them.
Yes I know it's an unpopular opinion, and I honestly wasn't going to take photos of a gig if they ask not to, but that didn't stop the kamerapolizei getting the boot in before I had got comfortable in my seat. To be fair, she had probably paid a little bit more than the £0.00 my ticket told me I had paid and she was probably a lot more excited than me about being there.
I do LIKE King Crimson - I particularly liked their 1971 albums, which I bought on cassette when I was in the sixth form at school and played many, many times. I don't know their entire catalogue, and I was getting myself ready for a lot of serious music. I felt like telling my new German friend that the last time I saw so many drummers on stage I was watching Dingus Khan, but I thought better of it. The gig did seem like it was 25% triple drum solos though.
Oh and I did sneak the above photo, before the band came on. Other photos came from other people ...
And here they all are in the lift at the RAH. I did interview singer Jakko Jakszyk recently (hence the gig ticket) and he was lovely.
I kept this review from the Times, which seems to be a bit more eloquent than my usual observations. (I prefer my review style).
- Hell Hounds of Krim
- Frame by Frame
- Moonchild (with solo cadenzas)
- The Court of the Crimson King (including Coda)
- Lizard ('Bolero' only)
- Peace: An End
- Pictures of a City
- CatalytiKc No. 9
- The Letters
- Radical Action II
- Level Five
- Easy Money
- 21st Century Schizoid Man