I’m still sort of alternately buzzed and numbed by the King Crimson show in New York City Saturday night. It was, without doubt, one of the finest concerts I’ve ever seen, hands down. The venue (Nokia Theatre Times Square) was excellent, with unbelievably good sound and great sight lines from anywhere in the room. Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, Pat Mastellotto and Gavin Harrison delivered over two hours of utterly spot-on brilliant performances, many of them spine-tingling in their complexity and power. As I’ve written before, this group has the power to move me like no other. They did it again Saturday night.
For the Crimheads among you, the group pretty much played every song I had any reasonable expectation or particular special interest in hearing, recognizing that they never play anything from before their 1972-74 incarnations. The set list included the following songs, though I may have them listed slightly out of order in a couple of places in the main set:
Robert Fripp Soundscape
“The ConstruKCtion of Light”
“The Talking Drum”
“Larks’ Tongue in Aspic, Part II”
“Three of a Perfect Pair”
“Frame By Frame”
“Thela Hun Ginjeet”
“VROOOM/Coda: Marine 475”
I made it back home at about 3:30 AM, exhausted and exhilarated in equal measure. I haven’t been to a lot of concerts lately (at least compared to the years I spent reviewing them), but this one was good enough to last a year, easily, as I can’t think of many shows that left me smiling and beaming as much as this one did. Outstanding.