King Crimson's Fripp: My Professional Life Has Been So Devoid of Joy'

"I haven't actually enjoyed touring to date," guitar legend says.

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King Crimson mastermind Robert Fripp has expressed hope to finally find some joy on the road with the band's latest incarnation, explaining how he never felt joyful while touring for over four decades.

"My professional life has been so devoid of joy," the guitarist told Uncut. "Satisfaction - yes. Bits of nice happiness on the way - yes. An education - constantly. But a joyful undertaking? No. I haven't actually enjoyed touring to date. I hope this tour will provide a new direction in my life of playing music."

As reported, King Crimson have reunited last year, featuring a lineup consisting of Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison, second drummer Bill Rieflin of R.E.M., virtuoso bassist Tony Levin, third drummer Pat Mastelotto, Mel Collins on saxophone, multi-instrumentalist Jakko Jakszyk and Fripp on the six-string.

The band has additionally unveiled a fresh piece of music, as well as a string of US tour dates. More details below.

09/09-10 -Albany, NY - The Egg
09/12-13 - Philadelphia, PA - Verizon Hall
09/15-16 - Boston, MA - Colonial Theatre
09/18-20 New York, NY - Best Buy
09/23 - Madison, WI - Barrymore Theatre
09/25-26 Chicago, IL - The Vic Theatre
09/30-10/01 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre10/03-04 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield10/06 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theater

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    There are artists, and there are entertainers. Fripp has clearly always been the former.
    Maybe he would have enjoyed it more if he had a different attitude towards his fans. He's one of the very few musicians I wouldn't go to see live just because of how he approaches (or more precisely, doesn't) his fans.