Clearly King Crimson were third billed openers that night of December 14, 1969 ahead of fellow countrymen from London, The Nice, and headliners local Bay Area favorites The Chambers Brothers…
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King Crimson singer/ bass player Greg Lake discusses the progressive rock touchstone “In the Court of the Crimson King” with Jon Anderson of YES and Mike Rutherford of Genesis
It is the fiftieth anniversary of The YES Album , a progressive rock touchstone. If the British Invasion bands led by The Beatles and Rolling Stones wanted to be rock’n’roll’s second verse after “Be Bop a Lula” and “Maybe Baby”, then London’s King Crimson, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and YES were determined to be rock’s “C” section, the musical bridge which takes the listener somewhere unexpectedly before returning to the familiar refrain.
Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer and the original King Crimson showed up In the Studio in Dallas on Q102 one afternoon in 1992 with a curvy blonde (guitar) on his lap and serenaded us with this spine-tingling rendition of “Affairs of the Heart”.
Bad Company had elbowed their way to the forefront of the rock world by the April 1975 release of their second album, “Straight Shooter” ,avoiding the sophomore jinx with timeless songs “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad”,”Feel Like Makin’ Love”, and “Shooting Star”. But as my guests Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs, and Simon Kirke share here, strange things can happen eventually when that much success is achieved that quickly in lives so young.
“Bad Company” is one of the most successful debuts in rock history because of “Can’t Get Enough”,”Rock Steady”,”Movin’ On”,”Ready for Love”, “Seagull”, and the title song. Here is the real story from Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke, and Mick Ralphs In the Studio with Redbeard.
Bad Company ended the Seventies decade strongly on the wings of “Desolation Angels” forty years ago, and Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs, and Simon Kirke join Redbeard In the Studio to recall making “Rock and Roll Fantasy”,”Oh Atlanta”, and “Gone Gone Gone”.
Emerson, Lake, and Palmer were HUGE arena fillers and sales monsters ( UK #2 sales, Top 10 US ) and quite innovative progressive rockers when “Brain Salad Surgery” came out in early 1974. And you must hear Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, and Carl Palmer tell the story of visiting Swiss cover artist the late H.R.Giger!
To illustrate how seriously many of the post-British Invasion bands were approaching the rock idiom by early 1973, you need look no further than Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” to see how this progressive rock movement had matured, with spectacular results both artistically and commercially, confirmed in this classic rock interview by my guests, musical lunar explorers David Gilmour, Roger Waters, and Nick Mason.
With back-to-back quadruple platinum albums “Leftoverture” in 1976 and “Point of Know Return” barely eighteen months later, the band Kansas was assured of permanent statehood in rock history.