by Michael Popke
Crimson fans, rejoice! Adrian Belew, Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto have combined the forces of their trios — the Adrian Belew Power Trio and Stick Men — for the upcoming Two of a Perfect Trio U.S. tour. “It’s a rare treat, both for us in the band and for the audience, for three King Crimson members to be together onstage,” Levin said in a prepared statement (although, oh, how I wish he would have told me directly). “And the supporting cast are excellent players in their own right.”
According to sources, the performance will feature two sets with an extended encore of Crimson material. The show will kick off with sets by Stick Men (featuring Mastelotto on electronic and acoustic percussion, Markus Reuter on his self-designed Touch Guitar and Levin on Chapman Stick) and the Adrian Belew Power Trio (with Belew on guitar and vocals, bassist Julie Slick and drummer Tobias Ralph). An extended “Crim-centric” encore will boast Belew, Levin and Mastelotto performing some of their favorite pieces from their King Crimson catalog.
“King Crimson is an elite club,” Belew said. “There have only been seven members in the last 30 years. Having Tony, Pat and myself onstage, three legitimate Crimson players, will make this as close as currently possible to the actual thing.”
That’s good enough for me.
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