King Crimson’s ‘Final’ Tour In The U.S.

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The Pandemic Affected Them

In a new interview with UCR, King Crimson singer-guitarist Jakko Jakszyk revealed that King Crimson’s Music Is Our Friend Tour will be their last. Although they didn’t advertise it as their farewell trek, that’s actually what it is. Their current lineup features founding member Robert Kripp, bassist Tony Levin, saxophonist Mel Collins, and drummers Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto and Jeremy Stacey. They’ve been touring since 2014, even though they haven’t recorded a studio album.

“Management has said it’s very unlikely we’ll be back in America,” he said. “I think they thought announcing it as a kind of farewell tour was a tacky device, and something you end up potentially regretting if you change your mind. But in essence, as I understand it, this’ll be the last time we play here.”

“When we started we thought, ‘Oh, maybe one tour,’ but Robert seemed to be enjoying himself, so it just kept going,” he explained.

However, like the rest of the touring industry, King Crimson wasn’t spared by the pandemic. Their touring plans were derailed.

“Touring anywhere next year will be difficult,” he noted. “All the bands that haven’t toured last year or this year will be out next, so there’s no venues. They’re all kind of booked up already. That means the first available chance will be the year after (2023).”

“I think Tony and Robert will be 77. I’m not sure they want to be on a tour bus for hours on end,” he added. “Touring the way we do is tiring for a young man, much less people our age.”

The band’s North American tour kicked off on July 22. The trek wraps up on September 11, while the Japanese run starts on November 27.

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