King Crimson 2018 Meltdown Tour

Sapporo Show

In Sapporo, in the north of Japan, for our single show here.

The crew, as always, starts work early in the morning, and I was sent the above shot of some of them arriving at the venue. (I certainly wasn’t there to take it!)

Taking my walk, I found lots of things you shouldn’t do in the riverside park… Using drones isn’t among them… maybe I should have brought it.

I’d like to share something from a previous road diary, that has nothing to do with this show or tour!

In 2009, the band L’Image had just finished our new album, with the unusual title, “NOW”.

I put in the order for manufacture, sending in the files, but didn’t ask what date we’d have the finished CD’s. And in a crazy moment, I envisioned calling them back and the following conversation ensuing. (With a tip of the hat to Abbott & Costello, as many of you will note.)

(Me) “So, you’ve got the masters and you’re manufacturing it… when will we get the CD shipped?”

(CD manuf) “NOW?”

“Well, that’d be nice, but you can’t ship the CD yet, we want to know when you will”


“Not now, after you have made the CD.”

“After we’ve made the cd…”

“Yes, after you have made the cd.”


“Not now.”

“Oh… another CD?”

“No, not another CD, our cd. You have to make it, right? Do you understand that you have to make the cd?”

“Yes, NOW.”

“Yes, you have to make it, and now would be good. And then… after you have made the cd, you need to… pay close attention here… you need to SHIP the cd to us. So we will HAVE the CD. Are you with me so far?”

“Of course. You want the CD, NOW.”

“Yes, yes, that’s right. We want it made now.  And then, after it’s made… what do you need to do…?”

“You want us to ship NOW to you.”

“No, no, no… you can’t ship it now, you haven’t made it yet.”

“IT? Is IT your next CD?”

“Our next cd? What are you talking about? It’s our current cd.”

“Okay, but I can’t take the order for IT until we’ve moved on from NOW.”

“But… how can we not move on from now?”

“Well, we can’t move on until we discuss the shipping date.”

“I have been bloody trying to discuss when you will ship it.”

“We can’t ship IT until we’re done with NOW.”

“Wait a minute, just stop. You are making our cd, right?”


“And after the cd is made, you will…”

“Ship the cd to you”

“Yes, yes. Now we’re getting somewhere. And that will be when?”


“That will be when?”

“I don’t know about WHEN, it’ll be NOW”

“You’ll ship it now?”

“No, we can’t ship IT until we make it”

“But you just told me you were making it.”

“I never even heard about IT until today.”

“You never heard about it?”

“Exactly. I don’t know anything about IT, and we haven’t begun to discuss WHEN.”

“We haven’t been discussing when?”

“No, would you like to?”

Back to Sapporo, and the Culture & Arts Theater
Trying out a new lead singer??
"Drummers eye view" from Pat's kit
from Jeremy's kit
from Gavin's kit
Backstage now, and I have the sign to prove it.
Dave's printed out setlists for the world
When in Sapporo...
Dave has an app that translates
Oh oh...
That freight elevator has to be the biggest I've seen
I have to re-visit that freight elevator!
Where are the elephants?

And, after load-out, Michele catches me and Dave enjoying an aftershow cigar!

It was a very nice visit to Sapporo.

More soon, from Sendai.