King Crimson guitarist/founder Robert Fripp is downplaying the likelihood of another tour with his influential progressive music collective.
Fripp stopped short of completely ruling out more King Crimson shows, but said in a new Rolling Stone interview that the band's 2021 tour made him particularly wary of hitting the road again.
Presently, there are "no plans at all" for a follow-up.
"I think we have to view the reality of the age of the people involved," Fripp added. "Two of us [bassist Tony Levin and I] are 76, and shortly three will be. So going out for eight weeks to do performances of three hours and 20 minutes is a very big ask. It takes me six months to get ready as a player. King Crimson guitar parts for me are the Olympics of guitar playing. And being asked to do athletic feats that I was doing 40 or 50 years ago, that's also a big ask."
He added that the band's mid-pandemic tour last year could have easily ruined it. King Crimson was required to pay a $2 million advance to cover its costs before visiting the U.S. Had the band lost any shows due to COVID — which many touring acts did — the partnership would have been bankrupted.
"It was that much on an edge," he added.
While touring overseas with a band is out of the question right now, Fripp plans to come back to the U.S. this year on a spoken-word tour with his manager David Singleton.