Paris and the last shows of the 2016 King Crimson Radical Action Tour.
Above is, finally, a photo of the whole touring group. Taken by Andi Turco-Levin, it shows: Pat Mastelotto: (drums). Chris Porter: FOH engineer. Mel Collins: (flute/sax). Michele Russotto: drums/bass. Biff Blumfumgagnge: Drums/Sax/Flute. Tony Levin: (bass). Adrian Holmes: merchandise. Natasha De Sampayo: prod. asst/ wardrobe. Jeremy Stacey: (drums). Dave Salt: tour mgr. Jakko Jakszyk: (guitar/vocals). Jason Birnie: stage mgr/ drums. John Armitage: guitars/backline. Russ Wilson: monitors/audio tech. Robert Fripp: (guitar). Dave Taylor: audio tech. Gavin Harrison: (drums).
Not pictured: Ian ‘Elvis’ Moore: truck driver. Mark Vreeken: FOH engineer. David Singleton: mgmt. Bill Rieflin: drums.
We had a great stand of shows in Paris last year, and it’s a fitting place to end this tour. This time, the venue is Salle Pleyel, quite an unusual place, with a very cool backstage atmosphere.
Rooms each have the theme of a musical artist, with their album covers adorning the walls.
Slight drawback: the elevator’s out, and some of us have 5 flights to climb every time we need something…
When I see Jeremy’s derby hat, I’m impressed with not only how nice it is, but how perfectly it fits him. Just between us, I discovered his secret when I saw him, in the Vienna airport, trying on hats in his own special way.
Okay, back to after the show…
And, on to the next day.
There we are huddled around the setlist, and foolishly, I didn’t take a picture of it…
I thought it was a pretty unusual setlist, and kind of historic… so here it is:
Paris 2nd Show - Dec 4th
PICTURES OF A CITY
SUITABLE GROUNDS FOR THE BLUES
The CONSTRUCTION of LIGHT
IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING
LARKS TONGUES ONE
LARKS TONGUES II
21st CENTURY SCHIZOID MAN
It’s been a wonderful tour.
I’m very grateful to the crew, whose hard work made the shows happen each night.
And, most of all, to the audiences, and to you who’ve followed the tour online, for your support of our music.
There will be more from King Crimson next year. And from me, after about a month, the Stick Men U.S. tour will start and the Road Diary will continue then.