Prog-rock legends King Crimson have become the latest act to announce reunion plans. (For those keeping score, that makes 5,382 bands this year alone.) In a post on his online diary, founding guitarist Robert Fripp said the band, which had been on-hiatus since 2009, is currently “in motion. This is a very different reformation to what has gone before: seven players, four English and three American, with three drummers. The Seven-Headed Beast of Crim is in Go! mode.”
According to DGM Live, the band’s eighth incarnation features drummers Gavin Harrison, Bill Rieflin, and Pat Mastelotto; bassist Tony Levin, saxophonist Mel Collins; and rhythm guitarist Jakko Jakszyk. Each musician has been a member or collaborator at some point in King Crimson’s 45-plus-year run, most notably Mastelotto, who joined in 1994 and appears on some 20 albums, and Collins, who replaced Ian McDonald on 1970′sLizard and 1971′s Islands.
As for a timeline of the band’s activity, Fripp added, “All the Crims have expressed great excitement at the return to Go! mode. Given the considerable commitments of all members, it will take a year (of rehearsals) before Crimson is able to perform.” Fripp also noted the band would rehearse as a collective unit and in smaller configurations. So, guess we’ll just circle the calendar for sometime in September 2014.