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    King Crimson to Tour North America with The Zappa Band Summer 2020

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    King Crimson will be playing one tour this year in USA and Canada during June and July 2020. Except for shows such as the Ottawa Blues Festival, all the dates will be double bills with the Zappa Band.

    “The Summer tour will be a throwback one for us in a few ways; great to be going back to outdoor venues, some of them the ‘sheds’ we played in the 1980’s. And we’ll be travelling by tour bus, old school! As for what pieces we’ll play, that hasn’t been decided yet, but will likely be a wide selection from the 50 years of Crimson repertoire. With 7 players on stage we can cover it all.” – Tony Levin

    Since King Crimson’s return to live performance in 2014, with critically acclaimed sell-out shows all over the world their three-hour shows regularly include material from twelve of their thirteen studio albums, including many of the songs from their seminal 1969 album In The Court of the Crimson King, described by Pete Townshend, as an “uncanny masterpiece”. The new 7-piece line-up plays many historic pieces which Crimson have never played live, as well as new arrangements of Crimson classics – “the music is new whenever it was written”. There are also new instrumentals and songs, as well as the compositions by the three drummers, Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Jeremy Stacey, which are a regular highlight. A unique show, where seven of the best musicians in the world play music without distraction or adornment.

    King Crimson is:
    Robert Fripp
    Tony Levin
    Jakko Jakszyk
    Mel Collins
    Jeremy Stacey
    Gavin Harrison
    Pat Mastelotto

    “The Zappa Band” is composed primarily of former ZAPPA alumni. The touring unit is: Ray White (lead vocals, guitar), Mike Keneally (guitar, keys, vocals), Scott Thunes (bassist) and Robert Martin (keyboards, sax, vocals). Also joining are ZPZ alums Jamie Kime (guitar) and ZAPPA archivist Joe “Vaultmeister” Travers (drums, vocals). The band will be performing a strong mix of Zappa classics along with new and rare Zappa compositions. This is the ultimate Zappa alumni band in partnership the Zappa Trust. Don’t miss your chance to see these virtuosos perform live!

    Tour dates:
    June 4 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
    June 5 – St. Augustine, FL – St Augustine Amphitheatre
    June 6 – Miami, FL – Mizner Park Amphitheatre
    June 8 – Orlando, FL – Dr. Phillips Walt Disney
    June 9 – New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre
    June 10 – Memphis, TN – Graceland Soundstage
    June 12 – Cary, NC – Koka Booth Amphitheatre
    June 13 – Portsmouth, VA – Union Bank Pavilion
    June 14 – Philadelphia, PA – The Mann Center
    June 16 – Glens Falls, NY – Cool Insuring Arena
    June 18 – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Pavilion
    June 19 – New York, NY – Forest Hills Stadium
    June 20 – New Haven, CT – Westville Music Bowl
    June 22 – New Brunswick, NJ – State Theatre
    June 24 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center @ The Heights
    June 25 – Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre
    June 26 – Detroit, MI – Meadowbrook Amp
    June 28 – Baltimore, MD – MECU Pavillion
    June 30 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap
    July 1 – Lewiston, NY – Artpark
    July 5 – Chicago, IL – Ravinia
    July 7 – Montreal, QC – Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier – Palace des Arts
    July 9 – Quebec City, QC – Festival d’ete
    July 11 – Ottawa, ON – Bluesfest
    July 12 – Rama, ON – Casino Rama

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