Interesting facts about King Crimson


King Crimson is one of those bands with a long history of making music. It was founded on the 13th of January 1969 at the London Fulham Palace Café. The name was inspired by a poem written by Peter Sinfield, one of the founding members.

The other person who contributed to the band’s creation was Robert Fripp. At first, Fripp was responsible with the road management and he was the one organizing the light shows. Although the two colleagues considered a romantic poem for the name, history considers it a synonym for the king of evil, Beelzebub.

King Crimson’s first record was called “The Cheerful Insanity Of Giles, Giles & Fripp” and was sold in less than 500 copies. However, the group continued to play and their efforts soon paid off. The band’s launch year, 1969, was the same year when they had the biggest concert in their career.

On the 5th of July, King Crimson played in front of 700.000 fans. The event took place at the London Hyde Park and it received support from Rolling Stones. So far, the show remains the most important live manifestation from the band’s entire career.

If we were to talk about their work, we can say that the group’s most successful album is “Court Of The Crimson King. Although its creation took 4 years, it was worth the wait, because it soon reached no. 5 in the English charts and it reached the US Top 40, occupying the 28th position.

Ironically, the group decided to split exactly when they were heading towards huge success. Their album reached the first position in musical charts, but Robert Fripp decided to leave the band. He thought that King Crimson could not exist and evolve if he remained.

However, in 1972, the same Robert Fripp recalled the band to life. Since then, King Crimson has had several members who left for various reasons, but the band survived all the changes and it still exists. In all these years a lot of things have happened, so let’s find out a part of them.

  • Elton John and Brian Ferry (the lead singer from Roxy Music) wanted to become members of King Crimson, but they were turned down;
  • An ex member, Ian McDonald, brought Pete Sinfield into the band. Since then, Sinfield has written lyrics and developed an amazing psychedelic light show;
  • Fripp made some controversial public comments. He expressed his opinion on the art-rock movement saying how much he hates it. He also mentioned that he considers the music business “vampiric”.
  • The team was supposed to have their “final” show in the Central Park from New York City on July 1, 1974;
  • On October 18th, 1974, Fripp announced that the band was permanently over. However, this was not the end because he put King Crimson back together in 1981.

Regardless the changes and all of the instability, King Crimson still exists. Rumors say that their new album might be called “The Power To Believe”. The release date hasn’t been announced yet.

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