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King Crimson confirm first shows

Robert Fripp celebrates "lotsa fun" in rehearsals as he prepares for action with new lineup

King Crimson have confirmed their first live shows since Robert Fripp announced he was ending his self-imposed semi-retirement last year.

He'd suspended his career as a live performer after a legal battle with a former record label spiralled out of control.

But it was finally resolved in 2013 – and Fripp announced he'd formed an eighth Crimson lineup featuring drummers Gavin Harrison, Bill Reiflin and Pat Mastelotto alongside bassist Tony Levin, saxophonist Mel Collins and Jakko Jakszyk on guitar.

The band started rehearsals this week, and Fripp reports: "Reporting good days – personally I had lots fun. Two principles articulated: one, enjoying our playing together is encouraged; two, if you don't wish to play a part, give it to someone else. There's enough of them!"

The US shows are entitled _The Elements: Past, Present And Future _with tickets on sale on Friday. More dates could be confirmed – although Fripp warned last year the band were unlikely to tour "in the conventional sense."

King Crimson US dates

Sep 9: Albany, NY, The Egg 

Sep 10: Albany, NY, The Egg 

Sep 12: Philadelphia, PA, Verizon Hall 

Sep 13: Philadelphia, PA, Verizon Hall 

Sep 15: Boston, MA, Colonial Theatre 

Sep 16: Boston, MA, Colonial Theatre 

Sep 18: New York, NY, Best Buy Theatre 

Sep 19: New York, NY, Best Buy Theatre 

Sep 20: New York, NY, Best Buy Theatre 

Sep 23: Madison, WI, Barrymore Theatre 

Sep 25: Chicago, IL, Vic Theatre 

Sep 26: Chicago, IL, Vic Theatre 

Sep 30: Los Angeles, CA, Orpheum Theatre 

Oct 01: Los Angeles, CA, Orpheum Theatre 

Oct 03: San Francisco, CA, Warfield 

Oct 04: San Francisco, CA, Warfield 

Oct 06: Seattle, AA, Moore Theatre

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