King Crimson coming to Forum Karlín

Robert Fripp’s cult band will be in its eight-member double quartet lineup

Rock band King Crimson is coming to Forum Karlín for two shows June 26 and 27, 2018, as part of its Uncertain Times summer tour of Europe.

“Although we live in uncertain times, King Crimson will be out on the road in Europe in 2018,” the band announced on its website.

Tickets for Live Nation club members go on sale Nov. 30 at 10 am; tickets to the general public go on sale Dec. 1 at 10 am.

The lineup now consists of Robert Fripp, Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison, Jeremy Stacey, Bill Rieflin, Jakko Jakszyk, Tony Levin and Mel Collins.

King Crimson was founded in 1968 by guitarist Robert Fripp, who has been the only constant member. The band has had many incarnations but always follows Fripp’s vision.

King Crimson has a strong cult following and was ranked No. 87 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

The band is often called a pioneer of progressive rock and progressive metal, but its musical influences include jazz, classical music, heavy metal, folk and electronic music.

The original lineup aside from Fripp included Greg Lake on bass and vocals, Michael Giles on drums, and multi-instrumentalists Ian McDonald and Peter Sinfield.

The band’s first album, In the Court of the Crimson King, was released in1969 and became one of the most influential albums of its era, with hard rock songs like “21st Century Schizoid Man” and more somber, melodic entries like “Epitaph.”

The album got mixed reviews when it came out, including a D+ from one reviewer, though Pete Townsend of the Who called it an “uncanny masterpiece.”

Rolling Stone in 2015 named it the second greatest progressive rock album of all time, with Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon coming it at No. 1.

The band had several periods of inactivity and was re-formed by Fripp in 2013 with a new concept and larger lineup than previously, called by the nickname “the seven-headed beast,” They now perform in an eight-member “double quartet” formation.

Long-time member Adrian Belew was not in the new lineups but may rejoin in the future. He is considered a ninth but non-participating member.

The new lineup has been playing songs from earlier in the band’s catalog as well as new material, which has been pleasing the band’s long-time fans. Before 2013, the band tended to concentrate on just its current songs.

The eight-member lineup in September released a live album called Live in Chicago, with early hits like “Larks’ Tongues in Aspic,” “Easy Money,” “Starless” and “21st Century Schizoid Man” plus their cover version of David Bowie’s “Heroes.”

The band has been cited as an influence by everyone from Iron Maiden to the Dillinger Escape Plan. Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain said King Crimson’s album Red influenced on the sound of Nirvana’s album In Utero.

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