As is sometimes the case with royalty, things tend to happen at their own pace. And so it was that King Crimson unveiled its first North American tour dates in three years with a list of cities—and a number of venues that had yet to be determined. Now, two weeks later, the band has officially confirmed all U.S. and Canadian venues for its “Radical Action Tour,” kicking off June 13 at The Moore Theatre in Seattle. The list of recently announced venues includes the Fox Theater in Oakland, Calif. (June 17), The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles (June 21), Bellco Theatre in Denver (June 24), State Theatre in Minneapolis (June 26) and Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Quebec (July 7).
King Crimson’s lineup has continually evolved over the course of a nearly 50-year career. The one constant has been founding guitarist Robert Fripp, who has appeared on every album and in ever lineup since the band’s founding in London in 1968. On the new tour, he’s joined by bassist Tony Levin (a member, on and off, since 1981) and woodwinds player Mel Collins, who returned to the band after a 40-year absence in 2013. The rest of the lineup includes multi-instrumentalist Bill Rieflin, vocalist Jakko Jakszyk and percussionists Pat Mastelotto, Jeremy Stacey and Gavin Harrison.
In a diary post on the DGM website (DGM stands for Discipline Global Mobile, the record label Fripp founded in the early ‘90s), the guitarist also confirmed the release of a “stomper” of a 12-inch single in April, proclaiming it a “number one.” Although tongue was planted firmly in cheek, the release of new King Crimson material is serious business—their last album, The Power to Believe, came out in 2003, back when Adrian Belew shared guitar duties with Fripp. It might not have been the No. 1 Fripp predicts out of the new single, but its placement at No. 150 on the Billboard 200 showed that the band has staying power that has eluded some of its prog-rock contemporaries.
King Crimson’s 2017 North American tour dates:
June 13 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
June 15 – Saratoga, CA – Mountain Winery
June 17 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
June 19 – San Diego, CA – Humphrey’s
June 21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre
June 26 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
June 28 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
June 30 – Rochester, NY – Kodak Hall
July 3 – Montreal, Quebec – Montreal Jazz Festival
July 5 – Toronto, Ontario – Massey Hall
July 7 – Quebec, Quebec – Centre Videotron
July 9 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
July 14-15 – Mexico City, Mexico – TBA