King Crimson call up drummer Jeremy Stacey

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King Crimson have announced that drummer Jeremy Stacey will join them for their upcoming tour.

Regular sticksman Bill Rieflin won’t take part in the 2016 European dates, which start on September 4 at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.

Mainman Robert Fripp says: “Bill Rieflin recently decided to take a sabbatical, a decision supported by all the Crimson Brothers. So, what to do with September performances already sold out?

“Both Gavin Harrison and Jakko Jakszyk first thought was – call Jeremy Stacey. Jeremy grew up in the Bournemouth scene, where I went to see both Stacy Brothers at Bumbles – a Bournemouth club – in 1981.

“Jeremy worked with Paul Holman in Wimborne, next door to the former Fripp World HQ. Bournemouth features large in the Crimson world of players – Michael Giles, Greg Lake, Robert Fripp, Gordon Haskell, Andy McCullough, John Wetton and now Jeremy Stacey.”

Stacey has previously toured with artists including Aztec Camera, The Finn Brothers and The Waterboys and has recorded with Chris Squire, Steve Hackett, Ryan Adams, Joe Cocker and Eric Clapton.

King Crimson will release an an official bootleg recorded in Toronto on March 17 on 2CD. The concert is available digitally via DGM Live.

King Crimson 2016 European tour dates

Sep 04: Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, UK
Sep 05: Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, UK
Sep 08: Stuttgart Beethoven-Saal, Germany
Sep 11: Berlin Admiralpalast, Germany
Sep 14: Prague Forum Karlin, Czech Republic
Sep 17: Zabrze House of Music & Dance, Poland
Sep 18: Zabrze House of Music & Dance, Poland
Sep 20: Wroclaw National Forum Of Music, Poland
Sep 21: Wroclaw National Forum Of Music, Poland
Sep 23: Copenhagen Falkoner, Denmark
Sep 26: Oslo Sentrum Scene, Norway
Sep 27: Oslo Sentrum Scene, Norway