King Crimson Announce Rescheduled ‘Music Is Our Friend’ 2021 North American Tour with The Zappa Band


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Get ready, because Robert Fripp and his legendary prog ensemble King Crimson is back in action — and will embark on a big North American run of tour dates beginning in July, the rescheduld edition of a 202o outing that was scrapped due to the pandemic.

The Music Is Our Friend outing looks to be truly special, given the circumstances:

The Crimson Beast Is in Go! Mode. Totally excellent news! Much hooraying! Glad times are here,” exclaims Fripp in a statement accompanying the news.

The Crimson Beast Of Terror has woken from its enforced slumbering and is venturing out to stomp flat the psyches of innocents not yet experienced in the hammering onslaught of King Crimson’s uncompromising pounding – bish! bish! bish! – before turning on a beat to jellify hearts with gut-wrenching passion and soul-squeezing epic unfoldings to remind us that we are all mere subjects in the unfolding drama of the universe’s unfathomable mysteries while simultaneously rocking out and having a great time bopping about with Tony and Bobby and Gavin and Jakko and Mel and Pat and Jezza too.”

Support for most of the dates on this tour will come from The Zappa Band — which truly promises a special evening, each time out.

Per a news release:

The 7-piece line-up play many historic pieces, which Crimson has never previously played live, as well as new arrangements of Crimson classics – “the music is new whenever it was written.” There are also new instrumentals and songs, as well as compositions by the three drummers, Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Jeremy Stacey, which are a regular highlight. A unique show, where seven of the best musicians in the world play music without distraction or adornment.

The dates:

July 22, 2021 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
July 23, 2021 – Delray Beach, FL – Old School Square
July 24, 2021 – St. Augustine, FL – St Augustine Ampitheater
July 26, 2021 – Orlando, FL – Dr. Phillips Walt Disney Theater
July 27, 2021 – Atlanta, GA – The Fox
July 28, 2021 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
July 30, 2021 – Fort Worth, TX – Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium
July 31, 2021 – Cedar Park, TX – H-E-B Center
August 2, 2021 – Greenwood Village, CO – Fiddlers Green Amiptheater
August 3, 2021 – Sandy, UT – Sandy Ampitheater
August 5, 2021- Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion*
August 6, 2021 – Los Angeles – The Greek Theatre*
August 7, 2021 – Scottsdale, AZ – Talking Stick Ballroom
August 23, 2021 – Saratoga Springs, NY – SPAC*
August 24, 2021 – Northampton, MA – The Pines Theater*
August 26, 2021 – Canandaigua, NY – CMAC*
August 27, 2021 – Lewiston, NY – Artpark Ampitheater*
August 28, 2021 – Rochester Hills, MI – Meadow Brook Ampitheater*
August 29, 2021 – Highland Park, IL – Ravinia*
August 31, 2021 – Milwaukee, WI – Miller High Life Theatre*
September 1, 2021 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica*
September 2, 2021 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center @ The Heights*
September 4, 2021 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center*
September 5, 2021 – New Haven, CT – Westville Music Bowl*
September 7, 2021 – Philadelphia, PA – The Mann Center*
September 9, 2021 – Forest Hills, NY – Forest Hills Stadium*
September 10, 2021 – Boston, MA – Leader Bank Pavilion*
September 11, 2021 – Washington, DC – The Anthem*

(*Support “The Zappa Band”)

As well as standard tickets, the band’s label, DGM, also has announced sale of VIP Royal Packages, limited to just 72 per show. The Royal Package gives priority seating at the front of the venue, early access, special merchandise, and personal insights and answers from David Singleton and one of the band members. These are on sale now from DGMLive.com. https://www.dgmlive.com/tours?liveshow=on.


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