‘He said I would not be right’: Adrian Belew on Robert Fripp’s new King Crimson lineup

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When Robert Fripp announced that he was re-starting King Crimson after a lengthy period away, guitarist Adrian Belew wasn’t part of the new lineup. Now Belew, a member for some 32 years, is speaking out.

Belew says he was not asked to join. In fact, Belew says he was informed of the new seven-person line up by Fripp via email. “He said I would not be right for what the band is doing,” adds Belew, who collaborated on six Crimson studio albums doing back to 1981’s Discipline.

Belew has been at work on an intriguing new solo project called FLUX for the past few months, after dropping out of what promised to be a lengthy tour with Nine Inch Nails. He’s also got tour dates scheduled for his Power Trio, as well as shows slated for the Crimson Projekct — a double-trio amalgam that features Belew as well as current Crimsos Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto.

Considering all of that, Belew says he is “happy with what I have to be happy with — which is quite a lot. … Creatively, I’m exploding with new ideas, songs, and music. Life is great.”

As for the new configuration of King Crimson, Belew says: “My advice is to check it out and if you like it: support it.”

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