- 23 May 2018 7:17 AM
- Mupa - Palace of Arts
The group hadn't yet released their first album when they roused the audience to fever pitch opening for the Rolling Stones in Hyde Park in the summer of 1969, having already dazzled Jimi Hendrix a few weeks earlier in the Marquee Club.
Until then, it had been unimaginable that one group could combine the most refined lyricism with the wildest cacophony.
The band turned out a string of superb albums between 1969 and 1974 (In the Court of the Crimson King, In the Wake of Poseidon, Lizard, Islands, Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Starless and Bible Black, and Red), although the line-up changed multiple times.
And when founder Robert Fripp announced in late 1974 that Crimson was finished once and for all, it did seem for the next six years that 'the king was dead'. Fortunately, Fripp later came to the realisation that he could only create a certain kind of music as a member of King Crimson.
In 1996, the band first played in Hungary as a ‘double trio', returning in 2003 as a ‘double duo', and they now appear at Müpa Budapest as a ‘double quartet' on the Hungarian stop of their Uncertain Times tour.
Besides guitarist Fripp, the group numbers three drummers - Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Jeremy Stacey - as well as keyboardist Bill Rieflin, guitarist and singer Jakko Jakszyk, bass guitarist Tony Levin and saxophonist-flautist Mel Collins.
Their performance evokes every era of King Crimson, with rearrangements of familiar tunes including six pieces previously unplayed in concert, and adding the latest compositions incorporating three drummers - offering the essence of almost a half century of music distilled into three hours.
Date and time: Friday, 29 June , 8pm
Tickets: HUF 6000/ HUF 10900 / HUF 14900 / HUF 19900 / HUF 22900
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