After spending his forties doing wacky covers with his wife Toyah Willcox, Robert Fripp is ready to hit the road with his fellow bandmates King Crimson. Today, the legendary progressive rock formation is planning a massive American tour from July to September 2021.
King Crimson’s “Music is Our Friend Tour” will see Fripp lead a seven-piece band also including bassist Tony Levin, singer / multi-instrumentalist Jakko Jakszyk, multi-instrumentalist Mel Collins and three drummers: Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harris and Jeremy Stacey.
Better yet, The Zappa Band will be joining King Crimson on certain dates, with Zappa alumni Ray White (vocals, guitar), Mike Keneally (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Scott Thunes (bassist) and Robert Martin (keyboards, sax). , vocals), alongside Zappa Plays alumni Jamie Kime (guitar) and archivist Zappa Joe “Vaultmeister” Travers (drums, vocals).
In a statement announcing the tour, Fripp said:
“The Crimson Beast of Terror has awakened from its forced slumber and ventures to crush the psyche of innocent people who have yet to be experienced in the pounding assault of the uncompromising pounding of King Crimson – damn! kiss! kiss! – before lighting a beat to gel hearts with heartbreaking passion and epic breathtaking deployments to remind us that we are all mere subjects in the drama that unfolds from the unfathomable mysteries of the universe while swaying and having a good time jumping with Tony and Bobby and Gavin and Jakko and Mel and Pat and Jezza too.
The tour officially kicks off July 22 in Clearwater, Florida, and runs over 28 dates in total. Check out the full itinerary below. Tickets will be available for purchase through Ticketmaster or Stubhub.
King Crimson 2021 Tour Dates:
07/22 / – Clearwater, Florida @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
07/23 – Delray Beach, Florida @ Old School Square
07/24 / – St. Augustine, FL @ St Augustine Amphitheater
07/26 – Orlando, Florida @ Dr. Phillips Walt Disney Theater
07/27 / – Atlanta, Georgia @ The Fox
07/28 – Nashville, Tennessee @ Ryman Auditorium
07/30 – Fort Worth, Texas @ Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium
07/31 – Cedar Park, Texas @ HEB Center
02/08 – Greenwood Village, CO @ Fiddlers Green Amphitheater
03/08 – Sandy, UT @ Sandy’s Amphitheater
05/08 – Concord, CA @ Pavillon Concord *
06/08 – Los Angeles @ The Greek *
07/08 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Talking Stick Ballroom
08/23 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ SPAC *
08/24 – Northampton, MA @ The Pines Theater *
08/26 – Canandaigua, NY @ CMAC *
08/27 – Lewiston, NY – Artpark Amphitheater *
08/28 – Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadow Brook Amphitheater *
08/29 – Highland Park, Illinois @ Ravinia *
08/31 – Milwaukee, WI @ Miller High Life Theater *
01/09 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion in Nautica *
02/09 – Huber Heights, OH @ Rose Music Center @ The Heights *
04/09 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center *
05/09 – New Haven, CT @ Westville Music Bowl *
07/09 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Mann Center *
09/09 – Forest Hills, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium *
10/09 – Boston, MA @ Leader Bank Pavilion *
11/09 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem *
* = with the Zappa group