After reports that he’d supposedly “retired” from the music industry, King Crimson guitarist-founding father Robert Fripp has reformed his seminal prog-rock outfit with a new lineup. He posted the news yesterday on Facebook, detailing the eighth version of the band, a triple-drum version (what?!) which features returning members Gavin Harrison (drums), Tony Levin (bass), Pat Mastelotto (drums), saxophonist Mel Collins (Whoa!), guitiarst Jakko Jakszyk, and drummer Bill Rieflin.
This is fantastic news, obviously, and very much unexpected given Fripp’s recent attitude toward reforming. But it’s also bittersweet news since former frontman Adrian Belew won’t be a part of the project.
In a news story posted on his record label site DGM Live, Fripp detailed the reformation, stating that the band will rehearse for at least a year before they’ll perform live. At this point, us Crimson nuts will take anything we can get.
“This is a very different reformation to what has gone before: seven players, four English and three American, with three drummers,” Fripp says. “The Seven-Headed Beast of Crim is in Go! mode.”