The recent return of prog icons King Crimson
had the fans instantly pumped up for more music and shows from Robert Fripp
and co, but also wondering why guitarist Adrian Belew
didn't make the new lineup.Belew recently decided to personally address the matter, confirming that after 32 years, he is no longer a member of the Crims.The singer/guitarist also gave the answer to whether he was asked to join the new lineup. "No, I was not,"
he explained. "Robert informed me in an email that he was starting a seven-piece version of the band. He said I would not be right for what the band is doing."
When it comes to his feelings about the current situation, Adrian noted that he's "happy with what I have to be happy with.""I'm busy creating something I've wanted to create all my life, something which has never been done," he said. "Flux: never the same twice. Creatively I'm exploding with new ideas, songs, and music. In 60 days I'll be touring South America with my beloved Power Trio and next spring I'll be touring Europe with Crimson Project, which is a celebration of the Crimson music."Tony, Pat, and I have helped create. Life is great."
Finally, he ended the Facebook
post on even more of an optimistic note, pointing out that the Crims definitely deserve fan support. "My advice is to check it out and if you like it - support it. And on that note - thanks to all of you for your continued support of my music. Cheers!"
he concluded.As previously reported, King Crimson have reformed as a seven-piece and will be able to fully perform starting September 2014. The new lineup consists of Porcupine Tree
drummer Gavin Harrison
, second drummer Bill Rieflin
, virtuoso bassist Tony Levin
, third drummer Pat Mastelotto
, Mel Collins
on saxophone, multi-instrumentalist Jakko Jakszyk
and guitarist Robert Fripp
.In which direction do you think the band will head now? Let us know in the comments.