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 In the Studio.
Mark Knopfler’s fifth solo album, “Kill to Get Crimson”, released in September 2007, has a distinctive late Fifties Post War perspective,”…but it’s not nostalgia. It’s something else,” Mark insists.
Asia was the 1980s’ first “supergroup”, including Emerson Lake and Palmer drummer Carl Palmer, former King Crimson/ Roxy Music / UK singer/ bass player the late John Wetton, Buggles vid-kid Geoff Downes on keyboards, and YES guitarist Steve Howe. Their March 1982 debut hit #1 in America on both the album sales chart and the singles for “Heat of the Moment”. Asia debut #1 album of 1982 here In the Studio with Carl Palmer,Geoff Downes, the late John Wetton.
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”.
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 late 1973. 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 fiftieth anniversary 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.
Debut release Foreigner became the fastest-selling debut album in Atlantic Records’ long storied history. Foreigner founder Mick Jones and original singer/co-writer Lou Gramm join me here In the Studio for realization of their collective dream in the stories behind the songs “Cold As Ice”, “Headknocker”, “Starrider”,”Long Long Way from Home”,”At War with the World”, and the time-less “Feels Like the First Time”.