Robert Fripp, in his latest diary entry, confirms that Gavin Harrison has taken up residency as the fifth member of the latest incarnation of King Crimson. Speaking of a four-night engagement at the Park West in Chicago, next year, where the band will be preparing for 2009’s 40th anniversary tour, he mentions the band’s dual-drummer history:
The first formation: Jamie Muir & Bill Bruford (1972-73);
the second formation: Pat Mastelotto & Bill Bruford (1994-97);
the third formation: Pat Mastelotto & Gavin Harrison.
What this 40th anniversary tour has in store for us, I can’t imagine – Fripp and the band in general have always been very hesitant to look back and revisit the past with much more than a cursory glance. The announcement of a 40th anniversary tour signals that something of that sort is going to happen, but with the current lineup, one has to wonder if maybe something unusual is going to happen with the material. Whatever it is, I think I’m going to have to find a way to get to one of these shows, wherever they may play. It may very well be the last King Crimson shows ever.
In other Crimson-related news, Adrian Belew has Side Four available to purchase now both signed and unsigned. Come on, for like $4 you can get this legend’s signature. Don’t be a cheap bastard.