King Crimson is a vague memory; even for some of its fans. Understandably so; the era was heavy on drugs; plus 50 years is a long time. Well, to celebrate a half century of symphonic / trippy rock, the band decided to hold nothing back. They announced an international tour, reissues from their back catalog, a new documentary, commemorative merchandise, and even a new edition of Sid Smith’s out-of-print biography of the band. Luckily, the tour includes two dates for fans and classic rockers alike to rock Oakland’s Fox Theater.

A big plus for those that don’t make the show, at least now you’ll be able to sample a fully range of King Crimson’s music. One of the most progressive, influential bands from the late 60s / early 70s will be making select tracks available digitally. Throughout the year, new, rare, or alternate takes from the band’s catalog will be released digitally and on streaming services. The first of these releases is a version of 21st Century Schizoid Man.

King Crimson plays the Fox Theater in Oakland
September 5th & September 6th

The members touring include guitarist Robert Fripp and longtime associates Tony Levin (bass, Chapman Stick) and Mel Collins (saxophone) alongside singer/guitarist Jakko Jakszyk and four drummers, Bill Rieflin, Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto and Jeremy Stacey. Stacey and Rieflin also double as keyboardists.