[Live Music In The T-Dot]
King Crimson @ Budweiser Stage (Sept 14, 2019)
No vids allowed for this one.
Progressive Rock / Math Rock / Art Rock / Jazz Fusion / Experimental
(This was originally a much longer review, but I cut out my introductory comments due to space constraints. They're now in the comments below) Robert Fripp is very strict about not allowing photos and videos to be taken at the shows, so there's very little to share in terms of visuals, but just trust me when I say that this was a true sight to behold. Three drummers took the lead at the front of the stage, while the other performers were on an elevated platform behind them. Having the drums be essentially the leading element made for a very powerful sound that kept the audience captivated. The musicianship was incredibly tight with nary a missed step as over two and a half hours of truly progressive music washed over us. The segment in the first set featuring "Red" from the album of the same name, followed by "Indiscipline" from the album "Discipline" was not only my highlight of the show, but one of my most enjoyable concert music highlights ever! Tony Levin's bass solo on "Moonchild" was sublime, it was great to have the sax and flute work of Mel Collins with the band again, (especially on "Starless"), and of course Fripp's guitar work was intricate and flawless. Vocalist and guitarist Jakko Jakszyk had a wonderfully melodic voice, which contrasts superbly with the cacophonous instrumental moments. But again, the percussion was front and center for a reason! Their often improvisational, yet always concise and thunderous contribution was incredible, featuring longtime member Pat Mastelotto, Porcupine Tree's Gavin Harrison (who's an absolute machine!) and Jeremy Stacey who also handled piano on songs like "Easy Money" and "Islands". The encore featured a gargantuan version of "21st Century Schizoid Man" that'll make me listen to the song in a new light for years to come. The band is celebrating their 50th year in existence and yet every moment on stage last night was filled with surprise. That's the true meaning of "progressive" rock, if you ask me. You didn't, but still....