Grand Cube, Osaka
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most influential bands to come out of the UK. King Crimson is an English progressive-rock band cited by both contemporaries and recent artists as having an impression on their music.
Although the band has undergone numerous lineup changes over the last five decades, the group coming to Japan for an impressive 13-date tour features founding member Robert Fripp (guitar) plus early members Jakko Jakszyk (guitar) and Mel Collins (sax and flute). Japanese audiences will also recognize Tony Levin (bass and stick) and Pat Mastelotto (percussion) who have toured Japan with their group The Stick Band (although, Levin originally joined King Crimson in the 1980s).
Fifty years ago, Jimi Hendrix reportedly called them the best band in the world. Have they still got what it takes to hold that title? After a recent live show in the UK, a local media outlet confirmed: “They absolutely remain at the top of their game as prog royalty. Phenomenal.”
Seminal 70’s prog-rock pioneers