[Update 3/9/20]: King Crimson has revealed the dates for their upcoming tour. The trek will kick off with four shows throughout Florida at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater (6/4); The Amp St. Augustine in St. Augustine (6/5); Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton (6/6); and Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orland (6/8). The tour will also include stops in Louisiana, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri, Maryland, and Ottawa. Except for select shows/festivals such as the Ottawa Blues Festival, all the dates will be double bills with the Zappa Band.
Since King Crimson’s return to live performance in 2014, with critically acclaimed sell-out shows all over the world their three-hour shows regularly include material from twelve of their thirteen studio albums, including many of the songs from their seminal 1969 album, In The Court of the Crimson King, described by Pete Townshend as an “uncanny masterpiece”. The new 7-piece line-up (Pat Mastelotto, Jeremy Stacey, Gavin Harrison, Mel Collins, Tony Levin, Jakko Jakszyk and Robert Fripp) plays many historic pieces that Crimson has never played live, as well as new arrangements of Crimson classics – “the music is new whenever it was written”. There are also new instrumentals and songs, as well as the compositions by the three drummers, Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison, and Jeremy Stacey, which are a regular highlight. A unique show, where seven of the best musicians in the world play music without distraction or adornment.
As King Crimson’s Tony Levin notes in the announcement, “It’s great to be going back to outdoor venues, some of them the ‘sheds’ we played in the 1980s. And we’ll be travelling by tour bus, old school! As for what pieces we’ll play, that hasn’t been decided yet, but will likely be a wide selection from the 50 years of Crimson repertoire. With 7 players on stage, we can cover it all.”
For a full list of dates, see below. For more information, head to the band’s website.
King Crimson 2020 North American Tour Dates
June 4 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
June 5 – St. Augustine, FL – St Augustine Amphitheatre
June 6 – Miami, FL – Mizner Park Amphitheatre
June 8 – Orlando, FL – Dr. Phillips Walt Disney
June 9 – New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre
June 10 – Memphis, TN – Graceland Soundstage
June 12 – Cary, NC – Koka Booth Amphitheatre
June 13 – Portsmouth, VA – Union Bank Pavilion
June 14 – Philadelphia, PA – The Mann Center
June 16 – Glens Falls, NY – Cool Insuring Arena
June 18 – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Pavilion
June 19 – New York, NY – Forest Hills Stadium
June 20 – New Haven, CT – Westville Music Bowl
June 22 – New Brunswick, NJ – State Theatre
June 24 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center @ The Heights
June 25 – Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre
June 26 – Detroit, MI – Meadowbrook Amp
June 28 – Baltimore, MD – MECU Pavillion
June 30 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap
July 1 – Buffalo, NY – Artpark
July 5 – Chicago, IL – Ravinia
July 7 – Montreal, QC – Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier – Palace des Arts
July 9 – Quebec City, QC – Festival d’ete
July 11 – Ottawa, ON – Bluesfest
King Crimson has announced an upcoming tour of North America this summer alongside former members of Frank Zappa‘s backing band. The King Crimson lineup will feature
In a post shared to King Crimson’s Facebook page on Monday morning, the band revealed that they will be on the road for six weeks throughout June and July in the United States and Canada. The announcement only included a vague outline of the impending tour, although it did reveal details for one lone performance which will take place at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, VA on June 30th.
Additionally, King Crimson will be joined by former touring members of Zappa’s backing band, comprised of Mike Keneally, Scott Thunes, Ray White, and Robert Martin, as well as Joe Travers who played in Dweezil and Ahmet Zappa‘s band Z in the early 1990s.
Last year, King Crimson celebrated its 50th anniversary with the release of 50 rare tracks from its vaults and embarked on a five-month-long world tour. The band’s most recent performance took place on October 13th, 2019 at Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile.
Tickets for the Wolf Trap concert go on sale Saturday, February 15th, with exclusive access going to 1000 Club members and subscribers to the band’s DGM website.
[Originally published 2/10/20]