Last year, when Robert Fripp said he was leaving the music behind, tired of business hassle, anyone hardly guess KING CRIMSON would be back so soon. But they are – or will be in the nearest future. As Jakko Jakszyk has just announced on his Facebook page, Fripp contacted him earlier in September and offered a lead singer and a second guitarist position for a new seven-piece incarnation of the legendary band.
With no plans announced a new line-up looks impressive: a supergroup that links CRIMSO’s historic past to their recent oeuvre and the future. It comprises, alongside Robert and Jakko, the legendary reedsman Mel Collins who played on such classics as “In The Wake Of Poseidon” and “Red” and, together with Jakszyk and Fripp, cut “A Scarcity Of Miracles” album in 2011; bassist Tony Levin who was there from 1980 to the early ’90s; and Pat Mastelotto, the group’s drummer since 1991. Also drumming now will be Gavin Harrison, a part of the ensemble’s rhythm section in 2008, after he made his name with PORCUPINE TREE, and Bill Rieflin, mostly known for his work with R.E.M.
What will all this amount to? Hopefully, another great record.
And here’s what Adrian Belew has to say about his current situation.