All-time great bassist talks about King Crimson coming to PNC Bank



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They are one of the greatest progressive rock bands of all time and they come to New Jersey. King Crimson will perform at the PNB Bank Art Center on September 4. I met their bassist Tony Levin, who was recently named number 42 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of Great Rock n Roll Bassists of All Time. He says when it comes to King Crimson it’s all about the music.

“There’s a whole bunch of things that we do differently from other bands” says Levin “On the one hand, the most obvious, we have three drummers and we put them in front of the stage, the other four of us are behind. them. hearing the interaction between them is like a circus act, “Levin continues.

“Also, we go on stage in suits and ties. It’s kind of like an orchestral concert but we play heavy rock. There are other things that are kind of unique to King Crimson, that is. is a bit like a group that forms its own path “

No two King Crimson concerts are the same, as Levin explains “Robert Fripp our leader writes a different setlist every day and he gives it to us around noon, one o’clock and sometimes it starts with just the drummers, they’ve got it. about 6 different pieces they can make “

Did Levin think he would still play King Crimson after all these years?

“In July 1976 I was called in for a recording session with a guy I hadn’t heard of named Peter Gabriel who had just left Genesis and that day I met Peter Gabriel I also met Robert Fripp and I’m still playing with and I’m good friends with them both after all these years, so how lucky was it someday?

Levin explained how the group has evolved over the years.

“King Crimson is always unusual, but every once in a while Robert Fripp breaks up the group and then starts off with a new incarnation with different players, I’ve been in a lot of them, not all of them. progressive band in the He doesn’t just keep doing what he does, he really keeps expanding his vision of what King Crimson is, so now we have 7 members and there are drummers when I have joined in 1981, there were four guys and a drummer “

Although he does not have a record of success, King Crimson has a very dedicated following consisting of all ages. “I believe a band somehow gets the audience it deserves” says Levin “if a band gets a chance to be heard, and so I think we have the audience we deserve as far as we don’t. ‘ve never tried before I was even in the band to have a hit or a single or to be played on the radio “continues Levin.

“It’s not the easiest group to ingest, so we’ll never have huge crowds and we’ll always have young children loving us and not old people, but for many years it was mostly old who listened since the sixties to the group which came to see our concerts but in these last 2 incarnations since 2000, it is a younger audience in addition to the older people “

To listen to the rest of my interview with Tony Levin where he talked about playing with Peter Gabriel, David Bowie John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Lou Reed (Berlin), Buddy Rich, Paul Simon, Carly Simon, Warren Zevon, listen to my podcast here .

To see King Crimson on September 4th with The Zappa Band at PNC Bank Arts Center Click here.

The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Steve Trevelise. All opinions expressed are those of Steve. Steve Trevelise is on New Jersey 101.5 Monday through Thursday 7pm to 11pm. Follow him on Twitter @realstevetrev.

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