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King Crimson confirm their first gigs in years…

King Crimson have confirmed their first live shows since Robert Fripp announced he was ending his self-imposed semi-retirement last year.

He’d suspended his career as a live performer after a legal battle with a former record label spiralled out of control.

But it was finally resolved in 2013 – and Fripp announced he’d formed an eighth Crimson lineup featuring drummers Gavin Harrison, Bill Reiflin and Pat Mastelotto alongside bassist Tony Levin, saxophonist Mel Collins and Jakko Jakszyk on guitar.

The band started rehearsals this week, and Fripp reports: “Reporting good days – personally I had lots fun. Two principles articulated: one, enjoying our playing together is encouraged; two, if you don’t wish to play a part, give it to someone else. There’s enough of them!”

The US shows are entitled: The Elements: Past, Present And Future, with tickets on sale on Friday. More dates could be confirmed – although Fripp warned last year the band were unlikely to tour “in the conventional sense.”

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