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16-may-1969 Steppenwolf

DATE: Friday, 16th, May, 1969
LOCATION: 90 Wardour Street
MAIN ACT: Steppenwolf
SUPPORTING ACTS: Terry Reid, Hard Meat, King Crimson


King Crimson played for the first time at the Marquee club in London on the 16th of May 1969 with a lineup including Robert Fripp (guitar), Michael Giles (drums), Greg Lake (vocals, bass), Ian McDonald (winds, vibes) and Pete Sinfield (lyrics, light show). That night Robert Fripp wrote in his personal diary that John Kay of Steppenwolf told him he had overhead at the back of the club someone saying: "Follow that. They sound like a bleeding orchestra".

On the club's newsletter secretary John Gee wrote: "The other exciting development this month is a series of sessions subtitled "New Paths". There has been considerable discussion of late about merger of jazz and popular music as demostrated so superbly by Blood, Sweat and Tears. The Marquee is most interested in this form of development and proud to introduce a magnificient discovery called King Crimson".

Memorabilia on this gig

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