Before ever appearing live with Nine Inch Nails, Adrian Belew has exited the projected touring version of the band. His original Facebook post is updated at The Guardian:

Hey folks … I greatly respect Trent (Reznor) and the music he makes. No one is at fault. [But] we both agreed it just was not working …

Jump over to take a look at that complete article right here.

This leaves the ever adventurous guitarist free to work on his long gestating project FLUX. As he tells Something Else! in a lengthy interview:

It’s an idea that’s been in my mind for several decades, but could never be technologically done — until recently. Unlike a record or anything before it, this is never finished. I can continue to add more parts to it, even as people already have it and start listening to it.

Read much more and listen to a sampling of Belew works at Something Else!

Right here.

Here’s some artsy prog rock for your Friday. Robert Fripp’s guitar playing is (naturally) precise and thematic throughout this reading of “Starless.”

Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independently owned retail music outlets, marks the arrival of many special releases. This year’s instant rarities include extremely limited items from the likes of King Crimson (a collectors CD with graphic novel, t-shirt, etc.) and Frank Zappa. From to the RSD site:

Frank Zappa &  The Mothers  rare  single originally released in 1973
Available on vinyl for the first time in 40 years!
Remastered from the original analog sources.

• Side A: I’m The Slime     [non-LP track, also shorter than LP version]
• Side B: Montana   [2013 single edit featuring 25 additional seconds]

See also a split 7″ single with Deep Purple and Type-O Negative.

Read about all the 2013 specials at the RSD site.

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The Flaming Lips have always displayed their “whatever we feel like” ethos proudly. Major Lip Wayne Coyne tells Music Radar that has something to do with a history of following progressive rock. He listed his top prog albums including works by Jethro Tull, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and King Crimson, about whose In the Court of the Crimson King he notes:

The first song is 21st Century Schizoid Man, and it’s such a stellar, freaky track. You don’t really think of it as being made by these incredibly high-minded musicians; you just go, ‘Wow, that’s fucking insane!’

Read all of Coyne’s picks and comments at Music Radar.

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This Fernandes ad comes from Guitar Player, August 2001. In those days Robert Fripp and Adrian Belew were back in the saddle with King Crimson, having released The ConstruKction of Light the previous year. Fellow endorser Reeves Gabrels was into his post-Bowie solo career, Ulysses (Della Notte) being his most recent issue.

The text also cites Steve Vai, The Edge, and Steve Lukather as Fernandes Sustainer users.

From the Rooney Archive

 

Where do Peter Fonda and King Crimson meet on U.S. TV? In 1981 it was on Fridays, ABC’s fleeting attempt to compete for a Saturday Night Live type audience. This version of “Elephant Talk” is outstanding. Also: Click around to find “Thela Hun Ginjeet” from the same episode.

Following an extended legal battle with Universal Music Group prog guitar giant Robert Fripp has reportedly retired from making music. According to Dutch Progressive Rock Page,  the King Crimson founder has had enough. Fripp said through FT.com:

I couldn’t concentrate on music, so I made the choice to give up my career as a musician in the frontline to deal with the business. (The arrangement between artist and label has) moved from a symbiotic relationship to a parasitic relationship.

Read more at DPRP.

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Something Else! is running a new interview with prog deity Greg Lake wherein he discusses upcoming tour dates, ELP, and his old associate Robert Fripp:

Robert and I went to the same guitar teacher when we were very young boys. We used to practice our lessons together. So, Robert and I knew each other’s playing intimately. That’s one of the things that was underpinning King Crimson – that Robert and I are almost one person, in a sense. I really know exactly what he’s going to play.

Read more, including Lake’s take on Gary Moore, at Something Else!

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Time for another list. The editors at Guitar Player have published “The 40 Most Influential Rock Guitar Solos.” Seem impossible? Probably, but they describe the selection process in some detail and, to their credit, don’t try to rank the leads:

The solos are organized chronologically—including those that fall within the same year—because we thought it would be instructive to see how they relate to each other historically. Additionally, we included a graphic timeline of “influenced by” and “influenced” for each artist and solo to more generally illustrate the concept of succession.

There are obvious entries (Clapton/Cream “Crossroads,” Van Halen “Eruption”), head-scratchers (Lynch/Dokken “The Hunter,” Wylde/Ozzy “No More Tears”—fine solos, just kind of weird choices) and some surprises, such as Robert Fripp’s break in “21st Century Schizoid Man,” about which they note:

Fripp’s serpentine solo on this alarmingly virtuosic track combines a supersaturated sustained tone with atypical intervallic movement, non-bluesy bends and trills, and note choices and phrasing that had more in common with Coltrane than Clapton.

Petty nitpick: Though it could be an iTunes problem (there are download links to every song), the cover of Santana Festival appears with the description of “Europa (Earth’s Cry, Heaven’s Smile)” though that track appears on Amigos.

Take a look at all 40 over at GP.

Right here.

Ever check out Adrian Belew’s “Elephant Blog?” It’s good stuff. In one recent entry the dynamic guitarist reminisced over the circumstances that led to him joining King Crimson—a morning telephone call from KC mastermind Robert Fripp on the heels of a Talking Heads tour party:

he began by saying he knew I was not one for “raving” and so felt safe in calling so early. he was wrong. I had a blistering hangover. mortified I had already let down one of my heroes I sheepishly asked if he could call back later.

Have a look at the whole story and much more right here.

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