Robert Fripp recalls Jimi Hendrix referring to King Crimson as “The World’s Best Band”

Robert Fripp, an icon of King Crimson, described his first encounter with the late musician Jimi Hendrix in a Facebook video clip of his spoken-word show. The guitarist recalled learning from Hendrix that they were the greatest band in the world. In 1969, while King Crimson was performing at The Revolution Club in Mayfair, Fripp and Hendrix met for the first time, creating a memorable moment for the guitarist. It was one of their first performances since forming the group in 1968, and they were working on their debut studio album, ‘In the Court of the Crimson King.’ They were likely ecstatic when Hendrix came to watch them perform.

Longtime Hendrix fans are aware that he frequently listened to records by other artists, including Mr. Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band, The Beatles, The Bee Gees, The Byrds, and many others. It is therefore not surprising that he visited a new one. Fripp recalled that after the band’s performance, Hendrix came to shake his hand, demonstrating his admiration and respect for them. Robert Fripp revealed that he once met the sister of original Crimson drummer Michael Giles in a bookstore, where they discussed that crazy night nearly a decade after Hendrix’s death. She revealed that she was seated next to Hendrix’s table during the performance and witnessed him jumping. Hendrix’s statement, “King Crimson is the best band in the world,” was the most significant thing she heard.

Fripp recalled the incident, stating: “She asked me if I remembered the time Hendrix came to see King Crimson. I responded, “Of course, it’s my Hendrix story!” She stated, “Are you aware that I was at the table next to Jimi Hendrix?” He was jumping around and proclaiming, “This is the best band in the world!” The dates for Fripp and his manager David Singleton’s North American tour, An Evening With That Awful Man and His Manager, are September 16, 2022 in Toronto and October 9, 2022 in Chicago. The fans have been anticipating the guitarist’s next collection of unforgettable tales.

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