Watch Robert Fripp and Toyah perform Heroes for VE Day

Robert Fripp & Toyah
(Image credit: Robert Fripp & Toyah)

King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp and his wife Toyah have released a video fo themselves performing a cover of David Bowie's Heroes (a song Crimson themselves released back in 2017) to celebrate VE Day.

Fripp's Uncle Bill, aka RAF Flight Sergeant Alfie Fripp, and Toyah's own relative Beric Wilcox had both been in the armed services, Alfie Fripp even helped in the planning of The Great Escape. Radio 2 even played Bowie's original version of Heroes in Fripp's honour when he died, which of course featured his nephew on guitar.

Both Fripp and Toyah have been entertaining fans with humorous videos of themselves during lockdown, including the pair dancing and even performing ballet. Most can be seen on Toyah's You Tube page.

You can watch their version of Heroes below. The backing track is taken from King Crimson's Live In Berlin 2014 release, with additional vocals from Toyah and also Jakko Jakszyk, whilst the guitar is Fripp’s Les Paul serial no. 9-1986; used on all King Crimson albums from 1969 to 1974 as well as the Heroes session in Berlin with David Bowie, Tony Visconti & Brian Eno at the Hansa Studios, July 1977.

Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.