The Gonzo Daily - Wednesday
We are always being told how the music industry is
in crisis and how record sales are plummeting. However, once or twice a year
there are still major artistic and cultural events which take the western world
by storm. One such has been Kate Bush’s renaissance following her ongoing
series of concerts in London. Another happened last year when the Rolling
Stones dragged Mick Taylor away from undeserved obscurity, and played a series
of barnstorming gigs including Glastonbury Festival, and another is going on at
the moment and started last night.
King Crimson have been, unarguable, one of the most
idiosyncratic and artistically interesting bands for forty five years now, since
they formed in 1968. Leader Robert Fripp left the music business some years
ago, and King Crimson seem to have been on indefinite hiatus since about 1998.
However, last year Fripp announced that the band will return, and last night,
the new seven piece line-up played their first show.
When Kate Bush announced her return to the stage
she asked politely that fans refrain from photographing or videoing the gigs.
She then enforced this polite request with an iron fist, which means that the
job of an arm chair rock and roll pundit like me is a little bit more difficult
than it would have otherwise have been. I don’t know whether King Crimson have
done the same, but there are no snippets of the band’s latest set available on
Youtube, and only one review that I can find so far. We shall just have to wait
and see what transpires.
Watch this space.
It has the one and only John Ellis, one time guitar
guru of The Vibrators, Peter Gabriel, The Stranglers, Peter Hammill, Judge Smith
and more on the cover. Doug Harr was there in the audience when Kate Bush played
live on last Friday evening, and Jon finds out about Clepsydra's plans for the
future from bass ace Andy Thommen. There are also new shows from the wonderfully
eccentric Jaki and Tim on their Submarine, from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at
Strange Fruit and from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive. There is also a
collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and ursine tree kangaroos
(OK, no weird arboreal marsupials from New Guinea, but I got carried away with
things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part
is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
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