King Crimson & John Paul Jones

King Crimson and John Paul Jones (ex bassist for Led Zeppelin) provided a most stimulating night of entertainment last night. Having Place Des Arts as the host venue for this evening was icing o­n the cake.  We were treated to some absolutely superb jams. It's hard to believe but Ex Zeppelin star John Paul Jones is 55 years old. Nick Beggs put o­n a remarkable demonstration of playing the "stick" with some dazzling array of movements from both hands. Now in its fourth decade of existence the current line-up of King Crimson is Robert Fripp (guitar), Adrian Belew (guitar, lead vocals), Trey Gunn (touch guitar) and Pat Mastelotto (acoustic & electronic percussion). Mastelotto convincingly played some incredible sounding electronic percussion and samples. This was especially evident o­n "Construction Of Light" which in my opinion was the best song of the night. Fripp showed us his mastery of the guitar. o­n a sole sour note the sound was unsettlingly loud when compared to previous Crimson concerts. The crowd itself was quite low key and respectful as they gave both bands several standing ovations at the end of some absolutely super musical forays. Through November and December, 2001, the band will be touring North America in support of their latest  "Level 5" CD release.  The good news is that King Crimson plan to return to the studio early next year to record their next full-length album, tentatively entitled Nuovo Metal. 
The John Paul Jones Orchestra 

John Paul Jones: 8 & 10 string basses, lap steel guitar, electric mandolin, acoustic and electric ukelele, vocals 
Nick Beggs : Chapman stick, Ovation acoustic 12-string guitar, backing vocals 
Terl Bryant : drums & percussion, backing vocals 

Set list:

"Zooma, " "Thunderthief," 
"That's The Way" – (accoustic mandolin & vocals), "Steel Away,"  "When The Levee Breaks, " "Freedom Song," "Hoe Diddle," 
Encore: Black Dog 

King Crimson

Adrian Belew : guitars, vocals, effects 
Robert Fripp : guitar 
Trey Gunn : Warr guitar 
Pat Mastelotto : acoustic & electronic percussion 

Set List 

Dangerous Curves***,Frying Pan, Electric, Level 5*** , 
Vector, Dinosaur, Virtuous Circle***, Konstruktion of Light***, Larks, 
Deception of the Thrush***, Thela, Red 
*** from their latest CD Level 5