The band has a strict no filming policy during their concerts and singer/guitarist Jakko Jakszyk told Guitarist Magazine his perspective on filming has changed. Especially going to functions with his young kids adding, “I thought, ‘Wait a minute. I’m actually here at this thing – I can’t really see it because it’s on a tiny screen and the first time I get to see it properly is on the telly with everybody else.’ He mentions something that’s occurred to many during live shows, you tape the thing and then ask yourself , ‘I was there. Why didn’t I just look at it when I was there?’
I know we have all heard that argument but personally I have never watched any concert footage more than once. Having said that I have used Sting, Peter Gabriel, Rush and Heart stage footage for background to some of my videos but the quality is so bad no one could ever tell who it is.
Gavin Harrison who is part of the drummers paradise in King Crimson has been very open about the fact that being filmed how it can stop you from trying something new. Some guy could post your screw up on YouTube and caption the whole things as “King Crimson’s Useless Drummer.” Harrison says it does stop you sometimes.
First off it’s interesting to see someone with those chops still has the same insecurities as everyone else but lets remember King Crimson does tape all their own shows so they do have ultimate control on what goes out. The band has filmed every show on this and the last tour but the cameras are small and discreet.
Since 1969 King Crimson have only released 13 studio albums with their last being ‘The Power to Believe’ in 2003. However there are 17 official live albums available and twice that on their ‘Collectors’ Club’ live series. – by John Beaudin
John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.
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