Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2021-06-07 11:55:00 –
The 1969 “21st Century Schizoid Man” was something I had never heard of. Still, guitarist Robert Fripp, the mastermind behind the maniac-paced recording, wasn’t happy with the one-time laying down. As a soloist, or with King Crimson, Flip continued to move forward and reinvented himself as the past few decades scrolled.
King Crimson will return to Milwaukee on August 31st at a concert at the Miller High Life Theater. Tickets will go on sale at noon on Friday, June 11th. The concert is ACG Productions.
In “The 21st Century Schizoid Man,” King Crimson combined the dynamic enthusiasm of jazz avant-garde with heavy metallic rock. It was otherwise a rival track of a progressive rock grand album. At the Crimson King of CourtBut where most progressive bands were falsifying their genre by never making progress, Flip continuously pushed the needle into the edgy red. With the dissolution of King Crimson in the 1970s, he embarked on an ambitious career in exploring electronic music and alternatives to traditional rock bands. He wanted people to listen and think. When drummer Bill Bruford joined King Crimson in 1972, Flip wasn’t a list of songs to learn from him, but a reading that included George Gurdjieff, Pyotr Ouspenski, and JG Bennett. I passed the list.
He declared King Crimson to be over forever, but Flip resumed recording by that name in the 80’s, but had a more funky and post-punk sound. He disbanded King Crimson and made the 90’s. We have re-grouped in and continue recording and touring with a diverse lineup of top musicians. Current incarnations include Tony Levin, Jakko Jakszyk, Mel Collins, Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto and Jeremy Stacey. Some have been with Flip for decades. Their setlist includes the band’s half-century King Crimson recordings.
Flip, who stayed home during the pandemic, recorded a “Sunday Lunch” video series in the kitchen. While Valkyrie’s wife, Toya, sings and spins to the beat, Flip sits on an electric guitar like a Buddha, with Motörhead’s “Ace of Spade” and Metallica’s “Enter.” “Sandman”, Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was easily torn. The humor of Flip’s mean poker face was evident, along with how “21st Century Schizoid Man” removed the roots of blues from metallic rock guitar and influenced its future shape.