A letter posted at the Trey Gunn website announces the latest dissolution of King Crimson (Line-up 6: the Double Duo).
All things must pass. And now, for me, life with King Crimson fulfills itself.
I am sending out this letter of thanks to all the people who have made the experience of being part of King Crimson such a powerful and vital one.
I am grateful to all the musicians who have I been able to share the stage, the creative process and the long bus rides with: Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Pat Mastelotto, Tony Levin and Bill Bruford. To be able to call these modular, glowing, rock solid, earth shaking and nimble characters my friends and allies has been a constant source of amazement to me…
Earlier this year, at the inevitability of the closing of this phase of my musical life, I spent some time looking back. I thought back to the original aims I had as a young musician. And much to my surprise, I discovered that I have realized them. They were simply and elegantly stated to myself at the time: I want to play with the best musicians on the planet and make the most powerful and unusual music possible. I have done that. And done it with this band: King Crimson. And… I don’t need to just keep on doing it over and over again.
This path has taken ten years (not to mention the previous eight working with Robert Fripp in many other projects.) During my time with the band we have put out 17 CDs, 2 DVDs, and brought to the stage hundreds of performances. Here again, a musician couldn’t ask for more.
There is as yet, no announcement of Fripp, Belew and Mastelotto’s future plans. Nor Bruford and Levin’s. Fripp has lately expressed increasing reluctance to carry on the life of a Traveling Gigster, but he still identifies himself as a Working Musician. While denying the role of “Leader” of King Crimson, he recogniizes some truth in the appellation “facilitator”. So, a Frippless King Crimson is less likely than no Crimson at all. Which may be the result if suitable musicians cannot or will not commit to bringing voice to the Crimson King. And Robert may choose to focus on Guitar Craft instead, and build himself a happier life. (All manner of uninformed speculation and ignorant advice can be found on an internet near you.)