King Crimson is one of the pioneers of the progressive rock genre. Formed in 1969, their first line-up included guitarist Robert Fripp, lyricist and lighting man Peter Sinfield, composer and multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald, bassist and vocalist Greg Lake, and drummer Michael Giles. They released the seminal album "In the Court of the Crimson King" in 1969 before undergoing several personnel changes. The band evolved over the years, experimenting with fusion and improvisation in their live performances. In 1981, they changed their name to King Crimson and released three studio albums with a new line-up. After a hiatus, they reformed again in 1994 as a double trio and continued to release music through various spin-off groups. Their extensive back catalogue makes them one of the most influential rock bands ever.
In 2000, King Crimson underwent another transformation with a new line-up that excluded Bill Bruford and Tony Levin. They released "The ConstruKction of Light" in 2000 before Tony Levin rejoined the group. In 2008, they embarked on a 40th Anniversary Tour with Gavin Harrison joining as a new member. Despite Robert Fripp's retirement announcement in 2012, King Crimson returned in 2014 with yet another line-up for touring purposes.
The current incarnation of King Crimson features Robert Fripp (guitar), Mel Collins (saxophones, flute), Tony Levin