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King Crimson To Tour North America Summer 2017 In Support of Forthcoming Live EP “Heroes”

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King Crimson To Tour North America Summer 2017 In Support of Forthcoming Live EP “Heroes”

Seminal rock band King Crimson begins their 2017 North American tour with the summer leg including a 17-show run spanning June 11 to July 10. The “Radical Action Tour 2017” will begin at Seattle’s Moore Theatre on June 11. The tour will run through cities Saratoga, Oakland, San Diego, Los Angeles, Denver, and Minneapolis. King Crimson ends June with appearances at the Chicago Theatre on June 28 and Kodak Hall in Rochester on June 30.

The band begins July with a swing through Eastern Canada including an appearance at the Montreal Jazz Festival on the 3rd and at Toronto’s Massey Hall on the 5th ahead of a stop in Quebec City on the 7th. Crimson will play two shows at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey on July 9 and 10 before heading to Mexico City for shows on July 14 and 15. King Crimson also revealed, “there will be further dates in the autumn, to include New York City.”

With three drummers up front including Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Jeremy Stacey, as well as the return of multi-instrumentalist Bill Reiflin on keyboards, guitarist, and original founding member, Robert Fripp, states that this “double quartet formation” is likely to make more noise than ever before. Rounding out the eight piece line up are guitarist and vocalist Jakko Jakszyk, bassist Tony Levin, and saxophonist Mel Collins, also an early member of Crim.

As well as standard tickets, the band’s label, DGM, also has announced sale of VIP Royal Packages, limited to just 50 per show. Details can be viewed at the label’s interactive and recently redeveloped website, http://www.dgmlive.com.

King Crimson 2017 North American Tour Dates:
06/11 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre (sold out!)
06/12 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre – tickets
06/13 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre – tickets
06/15 – Saratoga, CA @ Mountain Winery – tickets
06/16 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre – tickets
06/17 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre – tickets
06/19 – San Diego, CA @ Humphrey’s – tickets
06/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre – tickets
06/24 – Denver, CO @ Bellco Theatre – tickets
06/26 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre – tickets
06/28 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theater – tickets
06/30 – Rochester, NY @ Rochester Jazz Festival – Kodak Hall – tickets
07/03 – Montreal QC @ Montreal Jazz Festival – tickets
07/05 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall – tickets
07/07 – Quebec, QC @ Centre Videotron – tickets
07/09 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre – tickets
07/10 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre – tickets

Coinciding with the first leg of the tour, King Crimson will be releasing a CD EP featuring their version of “Heroes” recorded in Berlin during the band’s 2016 European tour. Robert Fripp, who plays the unforgettable guitar on Bowie’s original version, writes, “King Crimson performed ‘Heroes’ at the Admiralspalast in Berlin as a celebration, a remembrancing and an homage. The concert was thirty-nine years and one month after the original sessions at the Hansa Tonstudio overlooking the Berlin Wall. This is released in the Fortieth Anniversary year.”

“Heroes – Live In Europe, 2016” is set for release on June 2nd 2017 and can be pre-ordered via the shops at http://www.dgmlive.com as well as available through traditional retail outlets. The US based Schizoid Shop has recently added a range of new shirts and other band-related merchandise, and offers weekly specials including offers to win free tour tees. http://www.schizoidshop.com.

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King Crimson / Asia Legend John Wetton Releases “Official Bootleg Archive Vol 1” Six CD Set! OUT NOW!

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King Crimson / Asia Legend John Wetton Releases “Official Bootleg Archive Vol 1” Six CD Set!
OUT NOW!

London, UK – John Wetton is best known as lead singer and bassist of Asia, UK and the Red-era of King Crimson, with an extensive solo catalogue. The “Official Bootleg Archive” collects together three of Wetton’s previously released “Official Bootlegs” – which have been out of print for nearly 10 years!

The “Official Bootleg Archive Vol 1” six CD set’s audio has been remastered and includes new artwork, fully approved by John Wetton. The set is the seventh title released on John Wetton’s own Primary Purpose imprint via Cherry Red Records.

As a singer, bassist and songwriter, John Wetton initially rose to fame in King Crimson and the third album that line-up released was Red, cited by so many artists as a core influence. After his period with King Crimson, Wetton co-founded UK and later he was the frontman and co-principal songwriter of the supergroup Asia, his biggest commercial success. The band’s self-titled debut album was the biggest selling album in the world in 1982 and gave the world the mega hit Heat of the Moment.

Since 1980 Wetton has had a successful solo career releasing a number of studio and live albums and later formed the duo iCon with Geoff Downes (YES, Buggles and ASIA). As a writer and musician Wetton has collaborated with many music artists including Ringo Starr, Jim Peterik, Robert Fripp, David Gilmour, Agnetha Fältskog, Phil Manzanera, Steve Howe, Bill Bruford, Alan White, Carl Palmer, Simon Phillips, Steve Lukather, Terry Bozzio, George Martin, Bryan Ferry, Ron Nevison and Steve Hackett.

To purchase John Wetton’s “Official Bootleg Archive Vol 1”: http://geni.us/PP007CD

Official Website: http://www.johnwetton.com

Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/arkangel2605

John Wetton is exclusively represented by QEDG Management: management@qedg.co.uk

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Stick Men Feat. King Crimson Members Release New Video “Prog Noir”

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Stick Men Feat. King Crimson Members Release New Video “Prog Noir”

Germany – Hot on the heels of their critically acclaimed new album “Prog Noir”, Stick Men have released a new video of the same name. Stick Men features Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto of King Crimson and Markus Reuter.

Says Tony Levin, “We’re thrilled at the video Ofrin has made for our song ‘Prog Noir’. She’s an excellent artist in her own right, musical and visual, and made the video on her own, then presented it to us. It’s pretty special when you find that your music has inspired others to create something new and special.”

Watch Stick Men’s new video “Prog Noir” here: https://youtu.be/YR78Elff0Qs

Stick Men is a progressive rock band created by musicians with extensive experience playing together. Pat Mastelotto and Tony Levin are the rhythm section of the legendary band King Crimson. Mastelotto is in demand all over the world as the premier drummer for progressive rock. Levin plays in Crimson, with Peter Gabriel, and has recorded with John Lennon, David Bowie, Pink Floyd and others. Markus Reuter is a renowned composer/guitarist who designed and plays his own unique touch style guitar.

Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto, the powerhouse bass and drums of the group King Crimson for more than 2 decades, bring that tradition to all their playing. Levin plays the Chapman Stick, from which the band takes it’s name. Having bass and guitar strings, the Chapman Stick functions at times like two instruments. Markus Reuter plays his 8-string touch guitar – again covering much more ground than a guitar or a bass. And Mastelotto’s drumming encompasses not just the acoustic kit, but a unique electronic setup too, allowing him to add loops, samples, percussion, and more.

The result; audiences are fascinated by watching just three musicians onstage perform their unique compositions as well as wild improvisations and some cover versions of songs by King Crimson, Mike Oldfield, etc.

Before “Prog Noir”, Stick Men have released 4 studio CDs (Soup, Absalom, DEEP, Open) as well as two live albums.

Here’s what the press have said about “Prog Noir”:

“ ‘Prog Noir’ is easily the best album of Stick Men and perhaps best album in this particular sub-genre in recent years.” – Erik Groeneweg, Progwereld

“ ‘Prog Noir’ would not sound out of place heard next to any number of post-1980 Fripp-Crimson LPs with its oddly angled tuneful melodies and slightly askew yet utterly coherent rhythms.” – David Luhrssen, Shepherd Express

“In short, if you buy this album you will have in hand something very original, satisfying and great sound quality. A must for fans of King Crimson and minutes of pleasure for others.” – Profil Prog

“The music is complex and full of strange and unusual sounds all the while still maintaining a toe-tapping approachability. It’s a fun disc to listen to. In summation fans of these guys may be a little surprised at just how likable these tunes are, but if you are new to this trio, ‘Prog Noir’ is the perfect place to start your investigation of these remarkable musicians.” – Jerry Lucky

“ ‘Prog Noir’ is by far the most well-crafted and accessible set of songs Stick Men have written thus far. The fact it manages to be so without sacrificing the members’ astonishing musicianship or penchant for syncopation and odd rhythms is a success in and of itself.” – Cameron Piko, Echoes and Dust

“ ‘Prog Noir’ is an exciting album, in which there is to discover a lot of details. Food for stomach, heart and brain alike, as have the three actually surpassed by stick-point again themselves.” – Thomas Kohlruß, Babyblaue-Seiten

“Sinister, Out-of-the-blue time changes, and peculiar rhythms that will keep you guessing until the very end, Stick Men’s new album is like as I’ve mentioned a film score straight out of a Mystery/Horror film with a strange plot twist. If you love the sounds of King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, and Igor Stravinsky, I recommend ‘Prog Noir’.” – Zachary Nathanson Blogspot

“Prog Noir” is available in 3 formats:
Limited Edition Combo Package – Deluxe Box Set (2LP/2CD/Poster);
Regular CD and Download (WAV, FLAC, ALAC and/or MP3-320 formats)

LIMITED EDITION COMBO PACKAGE DELUXE BOX SET (2LP/2CD/POSTER)
The combo package includes:
• 2LP 180 grams gatefold (the LP has a, 11 minute bonus tracks on the
Side B of the second LP, which is not included in the regular CD
package)
• 2CD special edition of the new album, Digipack. (Disk One is the
regular 10 track album. Disk Two contains 8 bonus tracks.)
• Full color poster of the album artwork (17×22 inches)

Orders are $75 USD / 69 EUR plus shipping.

This special box set includes a digital copy of “Prog Noir”.

SINGLE CD, REGULAR EDITION of “Prog Noir” (10 tracks) can be ordered
for $17 USD / 15 Euros plus shipping

DOWNLOAD of “Prog Noir” (10 tracks in WAV, FLAC, ALAC and/or MP3-320
formats) can be ordered for $10 US / 8 EUR

Exclusively available at:
https://stickmen-moonjune.bandcamp.com/album/prog-noir
(orders placed from North, Central and South America, Middle East,
Africa and Asia)

https://iapetus.bandcamp.com/album/prog-noir
(orders placed from Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia)

Digital download and single CD edition also available via Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Prog-Noir-Stickmen/dp/B01K39V524/

Official website:
http://www.stick-men.net

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Supertramp Founding Member & King Crimson Songwriter Richard Palmer-James Releases Debut Solo Album “Takeaway” OUT NOW!

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Supertramp Founding Member & King Crimson Songwriter Richard Palmer-James Releases Debut Solo Album “Takeaway” OUT NOW!

London, UK – Supertramp founding member & King Crimson songwriter Richard Palmer-James has released his debut solo album “Takeaway”! An English songwriter & guitarist, Richard is best known for having written lyrics to several songs by the progressive rock group King Crimson in the early 1970s.

Says Richard, “Having spent the last few decades writing words for other people to sing, and thus being obliged to comply with the ambitions and sensibilities of others, I wanted to present a collection of songs that are uncompromisingly my own.

“I’ve been trying them out in club and pub appearances as a singer/songwriter, and they seem to work, but I’m very curious to see what sort of reaction this album production, which was realised with the indispensable help of a few talented colleagues from the Munich music scene, might elicit.

“The recordings differ stylistically from most of the stuff I worked on as a hired hand – probably because I enjoy playing acoustic instruments and writing pieces which involve storytelling.”

Richard Palmer-James got his start in the music business playing in various Bournemouth bands: The Corvettes, The Palmer-James Group (formed with Alec James), Tetrad, and Ginger Man, all of which also included John Wetton on bass and vocals. He was a founding member of Supertramp; he played guitar, sang vocals and wrote the lyrics for their self-titled debut album under the name Richard Palmer and co-wrote the lyrics of the song “Goldrush”, a song written during his days in the band and finally recorded on their 2002 album “Slow Motion”.

Richard wrote lyrics for three of King Crimson’s albums: “Larks’ Tongues in Aspic”, “Starless and Bible Black”, and “Red”. He did not participate in any of King Crimson’s recordings, but worked with John Wetton and David Cross after Robert Fripp disbanded the group in 1974.

Richard has lived in Munich since the early 1970s. He worked in Munich on the composition and production of music for films and TV until his activities as a lyricist – for such diverse acts as King Crimson, La Bionda, Mireille Mathieu and Haddaway, among others – took priority, resulting in over 400 published titles. In the 90’s, however, he returned to playing guitar regularly, and with the help of the resonator guitar and mandolin began to rediscover in blues and folk music the sources of his
musical inspiration.

In 1978 Richard was visited by John Wetton and W.J. Hutcheson, who were his bandmates in Tetrad, and they recorded as “Jack-Knife” an album with the German drummer Curt Cress in 10 days called “I Wish You Would”. He also wrote the English lyrics for the Italo Disco inventors La Bionda.

In 1997 he released a CD with former bandmate John Wetton under the title “Monkey Business”, a compilation of unreleased material including some songs that were recorded for the first time in studio, like a King Crimson tune called “Doctor Diamond”. In 2015 “I Wish You Would” and “Monkey Business” were released together as a twofer and that continues to be available via this link: http://geni.us/OVtK2P

Today Richard makes his living mainly as a lyricist and performing on guitar live. In support of his new album, Richard Palmer-James will be playing showcase concerts in the UK and Germany.

To purchase Richard Palmer-James “Takeaway”:
Amazon CD: http://geni.us/ZR3zt3
iTunes: http://geni.us/w3t8

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Prog Legends Stick Men Feat. King Crimson Members New Album “Prog Noir” Available For Pre-Order

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For Immediate Release

Prog Legends Stick Men Feat. King Crimson Members New Album “Prog Noir”
Available For Pre-Order

Berlin, Germany – Much to the excitement of music aficionados worldwide, prog legends Stick Men will be releasing their new album “Prog Noir” on October 21, 2016. It is now available for pre-order as a single disc edition and a super deluxe box set, which contains an additional bonus CD with exclusive material, a double vinyl version of the album, a t-shirt and poster. The band, featuring members of King Crimson, has also released a new lyric video for the track, The Tempest’ A departure from their previous efforts, “Prog Noir” includes song oriented material, featuring vocals on several tracks.

Says Tony Levin, “The album is somewhere between being the best of our current compositions, and having a unifying concept overall. Part way through the our recording process, the ‘Prog Noir’ title, lyrics and idea came up – it sort of shone a dark, noir light on what had come before, and it influenced what came after (including some ‘noir’ instrumental interludes that will be part of the box set version.) For me that’s a good way to go – I like a concept involved with an album sometimes, but I don’t feel it needs to encompass every piece.”

Watch the new Stick Men video:

Stick Men is a progressive rock band created by musicians with extensive experience playing together. Pat Mastelotto and Tony Levin are the rhythm section of the legendary band King Crimson. Mastelotto is in demand all over the world as the premier drummer for progressive rock. Levin plays in Crimson, with Peter Gabriel, and has recorded with John Lennon, David Bowie, Pink Floyd and others. Markus Reuter is a renowned composer/guitarist who designed and plays his own unique touch style guitar.

Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto, the powerhouse bass and drums of the group King Crimson for more than 2 decades, bring that tradition to all their playing. Levin plays the Chapman Stick, from which the band takes it’s name. Having bass and guitar strings, the Chapman Stick functions at times like two instruments. Markus Reuter plays his 8-string touch guitar – again covering much more ground than a guitar or a bass. And Mastelotto’s drumming encompasses not just the acoustic kit, but a unique electronic setup too, allowing him to add loops, samples, percussion, and more.

The result; audiences are fascinated by watching just three musicians onstage perform their unique compositions as well as wild improvisations and some cover versions of songs by King Crimson, Mike Oldfield, etc.

Before “Prog Noir”, Stick Men have released 4 studio CDs (Soup, Absalom, DEEP, Open) as well as two live albums.

Says Markus, “What’s unusual about ‘Prog Noir’ is that we spent years composing it. Usually we get the ideas and quickly turn them into an album or start playing them in on the road. The imperative of a band like ours, that’s out on the road touring a lot of the time, is to have new material each year. But this time the idea was to really refine the material, reject all but the best (indeed, there are some very nice pieces that didn’t make the cut) and create a really special album that might define our band in terms of where our journey has taken us.”

Stick Men is:

Tony Levin – Born in Boston, Tony Levin started out in classical music, playing bass in the Rochester Philharmonic. Then moving into jazz and rock, he has had a notable career, recording with John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Yes, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, and many more. He has also released 5 solo CDs and three books. In addition to touring with Stick Men, he is currently a member of King Crimson, of the Peter Gabriel Band, and of the Levin Brothers jazz band. His popular website, tonylevin.com, featured one of the web’s first blogs, and has over 4 million visits.

Pat Mastelotto – Very rarely does a drummer go on to forge the most successful career on the demise of their former hit band. Phil Collins and Dave Grohl have managed it, so too has Pat Mastelotto, a self taught drummer from Northern California, who has also been involved with pushing the envelope of electronic drumming. Pat has spent a lifetime jumping genres from pop, to prog, to electronica to world music with – among others – Mr. Mister, XTC, David Sylvian, The Rembrandts, Kimmo Pohjonen, and for the last 20 years with King Crimson.

Markus Reuter – Markus is a composer, guitarist, and producer. Initially trained as a pianist, he subsequently studied Robert Fripp’s Guitar Craft and learned to play the Chapman Stick, later moving onto the U8 Touch Guitar. Reuter has released many solo recordings and worked extensively with other musicians. He is one of the core members of the experimental band Centrozoon, is half of the duo Tuner (with Pat Mastelotto) and was also a member of Europa String Choir. Reuter has collaborated with Ian Boddy, Robert Rich, No-Man singer Tim Bowness, and many others.

In support of “Prog Noir” Stick Men will tour Europe in October 2016, then again in January/February 2017 in the U.S. and Canada. Says Markus, “We love covering a lot of territories, so the future after those booked shows will involve our heading to S. America, Japan, and more places. Yes, we’ll have some videos to offer of the new material – hard to describe those now because we’re in the process of making them.”

“Prog Noir” is available in pre-sale in 3 formats:
Signed Limited Edition Combo Package – Deluxe Box Set (2LP/2CD/Poster) with T-Shirt; Regular CD and Download (WAV, FLAC, ALAC and/or MP3-320 formats)

SIGNED LIMITED EDITION COMBO PACKAGE DELUXE BOX SET (2LP/2CD/POSTER) + T-SHIRT
The combo package includes:
• 2LP 180 grams gatefold (the LP has a, 11 minute bonus tracks on the Side B of the second LP, which is not included in the regular CD package)
• 2CD special edition of the new album, Digipack. (Disk One is the regular 10 track album. Disk Two contains 8 bonus tracks.)
• Full color poster of the album artwork (17×22 inches)
• Full color T-Shirt (front only). Available in Navy Blue and Black.

ALL BOX SETS WILL BE SIGNED BY ALL 3 BAND MEMBERS (Tony, Pat & Markus).
All orders will be shipped in the late October.

Pre-orders are $140 USD / 120 EUR plus shipping.
Those who contribute $200 USD / 190 EUR or more, will have their names included in credits inside of the box set.

This special box set includes digital pre-order of “Prog Noir”. Fans will get 4 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.

SINGLE CD, REGULAR EDITION of “Prog Noir” (10 tracks) can be pre-ordered for $17 USD / 15 Euros plus shipping

DOWNLOAD of “Prog Noir” (10 tracks in WAV, FLAC, ALAC and/or MP3-320 formats) can be pre-ordered for $10 US / 8 EUR

Exclusively available at:
https://stickmen-moonjune.bandcamp.com/album/prog-noir
(orders placed from North, Central and South America, Middle East,
Africa and Asia)

https://iapetus.bandcamp.com/album/prog-noir
(orders placed from Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia)

Official website:
http://www.stick-men.net

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/stickmenofficial

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com