A tale of two cities...I saw King Crimson at LA’s fabled Greek Theater(almost 6K capacity)a few days ago, and last night at Denver’s historic Paramount theater, a classic 2,000 seater, both shows packed. Both nights, just brutal and nuanced at the same time, transcendent, the only thing I could compared it to would another KC tour, one in the 90’s when Belew was still in the band with the six piece. The three drummer thing was amazing, space given when needed, and fierce competition at other times. Tony got his solo shot when “Moonchild” segued into his explorations on electric upright; plenty of Stick work, of course, but the 5-string Music Man still got time in the spotlight, especially on “Red”, “Easy Money”, “Starless”, and an intense “Schizoid Man”, the(what else?)encore in Denver(skipped in LA, the final tune was “Starless”). Overall, the Denver show had the edge; Jakko J’s voice was a little roadworn at the earlier show, but his Greg Lake-like singing was in fine form last night(and no slouch on guitar either, he was playing some of Fripp’s parts while Ol’ Bob shred like crazy). Which brings me to the subject that pops up here about being ‘too old to play’; at 73 he is still jaw dropping. In fact, the whole band, playing such intense, intricate music night after night, it’s beyond belief. What was especially poignant is that, with the expanded band and technology, they could do lush stuff like “In The Court..” and it was all there, even beyond the original recording, no mere ‘copy the record’. Coming up in a couple of weeks they play The Ryman in Nashville, home of the Grand Ole Opry. I can’t help but think it might go like the Bob’s Country Bunker scene in the Blues Brothers movie.