King Crimson, Live, March 8, 1972, at Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee

There are Deadheads and then there are “Crimheads,” those fans who collect the live recordings of King Crimson and the activities and offshoots of members past and present. Fortunately, Crimheads – a moniker I proudly wear myself – have a sizable catalog of live performances to access via DGM’s online archives. Whether you’re interested in the solo works of Crimson King Robert Fripp, his work with Brian Eno, one of the various ProjecKts or King Crimson in its all of its glorious “Marks,” you’ll find a lot to delve into. I’m partial to the Crimson lineup of 1972-74, featuring John Wetton, Bill Bruford, David Cross, Fripp and, for a time, Jamie Muir. But there are some terrific moments from the Islands lineup of Boz Burrell, Ian Wallace, Fripp and Mel Collins. Check out their performance from Milwaukee’s Riverside Theatre for monstrous takes on “Cirkus” and “Sailor’s Tale.” On a side note: Wallace was not only an incredible drummer but one of the nicest people I’ve had the chance to chat with. Ditto John Wetton.

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