When I read that line in a blog announcing the return of King Crimson four years ago, I didn't even imagine the possibility of watch them performing on stage. King Crimson is a project that I love, and somehow it has become part of my musical influences even when its broadness makes me fan of certain era; my favourite albums are these published by the decades of 1960 and 1970, and after that the project restructured itself so much and my interest on their work almost vanishes there.
I was excited later when I saw in YouTube to KC performing Starless after their reunion, my favourite song of them and maybe my very favourite among ALL the music. That song was not performed live since 1974 and I always taught that a time machine would be the only way to listen that song in a live concert from the very hand of Robert Fripp and his fellow musicians. That was the reason that pushed me to immediately buy a ticket when I noticed they were coming to Mexico; it's virtually impossible to repeat an event like this.
So I arrived the Metropolitan Theatre at Mexico City with no difficulties, I went to my seat and silently waited for the beginning of the concert. We first heard a very kind recording of Robert Fripp asking us to avoid recording or taking photos with our smartphones during the concert as it would be better if we just enjoy the show. The musicians came into the stage and they were welcomed with a great ovation, the coda from the Islands album started to play and we listened to the sound of an orchestra tuning their strings and Fripp counting the beat to introduce the first song: Larks Tongues in Aspic. During its flute solo, Mel Collins played an excerpt from the mexican national anthem and the crowd gave him a great applause.
The attendants were kind and we listened carefully and quietly the phenomenal performance of these themes which were not being played in concert in decades so we felt very lucky. We were in the best place and the best moment, the time travel seemed to be real and most of the songs were part of that seventies era I was talking about: I listened to Islands, Cirkus and Starless and I was astonished. They also gave us a tribute to David Bowie by playing Heroes and its setlist* was just precious and precise:
- Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part One
- Hell Hounds of Krim
- Fallen Angel
- Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part Two
- The ConstruKction of Light
- Banshee Legs Bell Hassle
- Easy Money
- The Letters
- Sailor's Tale
- Radical Action II
- Level Five
- The Court of the Crimson King
- 21st Century Schizoid Man
Mission accomplished. Did we have the perfect show? Of course we can't bring back to life to John Wetton (even when Tony Levin doesn't miss anything as a bass player of course) but it was one of the most delicious experiences, a great time to be alive.