King Crimson will be playing one tour this year in USA and Canada during June and July 2020. Except for shows such as the Ottawa Blues Festival, all the dates will be double bills with the Zappa Band.
“The Summer tour will be a throwback one for us in a few ways; great to be going back to outdoor venues, some of them the ‘sheds’ we played in the 1980’s. 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.” – Tony Levin
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 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.
King Crimson is: Robert Fripp Tony Levin Jakko Jakszyk Mel Collins Jeremy Stacey Gavin Harrison Pat Mastelotto
“The Zappa Band” is composed primarily of former ZAPPA alumni. The touring unit is: Ray White (lead vocals, guitar), Mike Keneally (guitar, keys, vocals), Scott Thunes (bassist) and Robert Martin (keyboards, sax, vocals). Also joining are ZPZ alums Jamie Kime (guitar) and ZAPPA archivist Joe “Vaultmeister” Travers (drums, vocals). The band will be performing a strong mix of Zappa classics along with new and rare Zappa compositions. This is the ultimate Zappa alumni band in partnership the Zappa Trust. Don’t miss your chance to see these virtuosos perform live!
So I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching lately. Stratospheerius, Dyanne Potter VoegtlinDark Beauty booked this mini-tour months ago and worked our asses off to promote it. We are aware of state governments’ ban on gatherings of over 250 people and the risk of the Coronavirus. We were on the phone for many hours yesterday with all the venues and with each other contemplating what to do. Are we being jerks for not cancelling our shows, knowing the turnout will be minuscule, knowing that Broadway is dark, major symphony orchestras and international touring bands have all cancelled their tours and concerts for at least the coming month, or more…?
But you know what? All the venues we spoke with don’t want to cancel, we all want to play, and the few people that came to the first two shows had a great time! We get it that people are scared and taking precautions by staying home. We respect everyone’s decision to do so.
….But FUCK it! People need music now more than ever. They need entertainment. They need some soul food. We can still get together in intimate low-capacity venues, bump elbows, and hear some live music, support artists, and support each other. So the three bands and their members, after much deliberation, have made a collective decision to move forward with the shows. Here are the two remaining shows on our tour. If you’re in the area and feel brave enough, come and support us. We will love you if you do and we will still love you if you don’t.
It’s with great regret that we have to announce that some of the shows of our European tour 2020 have to be postponed due to the current global crisis for Coronavirus (COVID-19).
We ask for your understanding and patience in this moment until we are able to tell you more.
The following concerts are rescheduled for a later date we hope to announce as soon as possible:
13.3 Rome – rescheduled date to be announced 14.3 Bologna – rescheduled date to be announced 20.3 Reichenbach – rescheduled date to be announced 21.3 Schwetzingen – rescheduled on 30.10.2021 27.3 Hamburg – rescheduled date to be announced 28.3 Louvain La Nueve – rescheduled date to be announced 03.4 Gothenburg – rescheduled date to be announced 04.4 Oslo – rescheduled date to be announced
We’ll give you more news about the rest of the planned concerts as soon as we are able to and as the situation develops in the next weeks.
We also want to thank all those people who got in touch asking about how we’re doing and we confirm we’re all fine despite this unbelievable situation.
We’re thinking of those who are suffering in this moment, we hope the situation will get back to normality and we’ll be able to go on performing live again.
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: £10/£12. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Bennett Road. Venue phone: 0113 275 4548. Nick Cody and The Caravan of Dreams with Laurent Zeller (featuring special guests Captain of the Lost Waves, & Miranda Arieh) BUY TICKETS
Lifesigns UK tour, which starts in Swindon on Friday! All going well, the band is sounding great and we’re introducing a few new tunes to the set. Hope some of you can make it along – full gig list below. Last weekend I recorded the guitar parts for a new 15 minute epic piece for the forthcoming Lifesigns album. The track is called ‘Altitude‘ and is sounding amazing. It won’t be included in the set as we’re still working on completing it and it will need a lot of rehearsal, but I hope it will be ready to be included in subsequent tours later in the year!
On tour with Lifesigns, Fernando Perdomo, Sally Minnear & Strawbs!
STRAWBS ELECTRIC BAND UK TOUR (Further info here) 17th June Cheese & Grain, Frome 19th June Clarence Hall, Abergavenny, Wales 20th June Trading Boundaries, East Sussex 21st June Cambridge Rock Festival, Peterborough 22nd June Robin 2, Bilston 23rd June The Stables, Wavendon
As mentioned in the previous newsletter, another very exciting project I’ve been working on with Rob Ayling from Gonzo Multimedia is a new Iona 30th Anniversary box set!! Actually this will be the first of several Iona box set releases and will be titled ‘The Book of Iona’ In the past few weeks I’ve been going through my extensive archive of Iona recordings, looking for things to include on the companion disk which will accompany each of the studio albums and I’ve discovered some amazing stuff! Previously unreleased songs, original demo tapes, alternate mixes, live recordings I’d completely forgotten about etc!! A real treasure trove for all Iona fans. I played some of these to Rob the other day and he was blown away by what I’d found – some real gems, including a recording from August 1989 of the very first time Joanne and I got together to record demos of some of her just written songs for the first album! It’s taking me a while to go through everything and choose what to include, but the recordings give an incredible insight into the background behind the band’s albums and working methods. Above is an illustration of how the box set will look. I saw a prototype of the box a few days ago and it looks really great – very substantial and classy – a real coffee table item! More on this soon and on the new Open Sky Records online store, which will be launching very soon!!
Genesis are delighted to announce that Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford will be touring the UK in late 2020!
November 23rd M&S BANK ARENA, LIVERPOOL November 26th UTILITA ARENA, NEWCASTLE November 29th O2 ARENA, LONDON November 30th O2 ARENA, LONDON December 2nd FIRST DIRECT ARENA, LEEDS December 5th ARENA BIRMINGHAM, BIRMINGHAM December 8th MANCHESTER ARENA, MANCHESTER December 11th SSE HYDRO, GLASGOW
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