King Crimson announces 50th anniversary tour, documentary, box set and more

music news 18/01/2019

UK progressive rock band King Crimson celebrate 50 years since their original lineup's very first rehearsal this month. To mark the anniversary, King Crimson have announced a heap of activity for the year, starting with a 'Celebration Tour' consisting of 50 dates across Europe and the US.

They will also release a documentary named 'Cosmic F*Kc', directed by Toby Amies, which will include archival footage and interviews with past and present members of King Crimson. It's set fo release in late 2019, with a soundtrack also on the way.

To keep the celebration going, the band have announced several new box sets. Their 1969 debut album 'In the Court of the Crimson King' will receive a limited edition expanded set featuring live recordings, studio sessions, photos, liner notes and a new remix of the album. A vinyl release of all their 1969 records is also in the works, but we don't know any release dates yet. 

If that wasn't enough for the King Crimson fandom, the band would also be compiling their live recordings and studio output from the late 90s through to 2008 with the boxset 'Heaven & Earth', due out in May. Clothing, archival live albums (in their ongoing Collectors' Club series), an updated edition of Sid Smith's long out-of-print band biography 'In the Court of King Crimson' and 50 new rarities uploaded to their website and streaming services one week at a time are also due to be released throughout the year. 

What a year for the band!