King Crimson to release “Meltdown in Mexico” on September 28th 2018

King Crimson Meltdown in Mexico cover
This 3CD/1Blu-Ray set features over three and a half hours of material performed during King Crimson's five night residency at Teatro Metropolitan, Mexico City in July 2017 plus audio extras.

The Blu-ray contains over two hours of multi-camera HD recorded footage, audio soundtrack in 24/48 LPCM, hi-res stereo and 5.1 DTS HD-MA (with 'picture off' mode allowing the music to be heard independently in lossless audio).

Meltdown in Mexico” includes, for the first time with this line-up, audio recordings of “Breathless”, “Discipline”, “Moonchild” and Tony and Jeremy's nightly Cadenza improvs. Mixed by King Crimson member Bill Rieflin from full multi track recordings.

King Crimson is a band that continues to defy conventional expectations. As listeners to last year's rush-released official bootleg from June 2017 recorded in Chicago discovered, this band gets better by the year. Given the amount of rehearsals, practicing, constantly expanding repertoire base (nearly six hours' worth of material ready to select from on any given night), wealth of experience among musicians, technicians/sound crew, more comfortable traveling arrangements, better PA systems/mixing desks & the fact that the band is playing, for the most part, in purpose built theatres rather than the more imaginatively named but sonically challenged venues that hosted rock gigs in previous decades, this should come as no surprise. But it does. Perhaps it’s still part of the Rock 'n' Roll myth – the “hope I die before I get old” thought process that seems forever associated with rock music that's proved so difficult to alter. Whatever the reason, the concept of a band maturing, re-inventing itself and being able to present music from a lengthy history in recognizable but ever-changing ways, still with same sense of wonder as if it were newly-written, remains, if not unique, certainly notable.

A few weeks after the Chicago concert, the first part of 2017's tour reached its final destination – five nights of concerts in Mexico City. All of the concerts were recorded and filmed with a view to issuing a definitive document of Crimson live in 2017 and Meltdown is the result of that process. With over two hours of HD filmed performance and three hours of audio, Meltdown offers a comprehensive overview of a band at the very peak of its performing ability.

King Crimson's “Meltdown in Mexico” will be released on September 28th, 2018, and will be distributed by Amped Distribution.

Pre-order the album here.


1. Walk On
2. Larks' Tongues in Aspic Part One
3. Neurotica   
4. Cirkus
5. Dawn Song
6. Last Skirmish
7. Prince Rupert's Lament
8. The Hell Hounds of Krim
9. Red     
10. Fallen Angel    
11. Islands
12. The Talking Drum
13. Larks' Tongues in Aspic Part Two    

1. Indiscipline
2. The ConstruKction of Light
3. Epitaph
4. Banshee Legs Bell Hassle
5. Easy Money
6. Interlude    
7. The Letters
8. The Sailor's Tale
9. CatalytiKc No. 9
10. Meltdown         
11. Radical Action II
12. Level Five    
13. Starless     

1. Peace - An End    
2. Pictures of a City
3. Devil Dogs Of Tessellation Row   
4. Fracture     
5. The Court of the Crimson King     
6. Heroes        
7. 21st Century Schizoid Man
8. Discipline  
9. Moonchild    
10.Tony's Cadenza
11. Jeremy's Cadenza
12. Breathless    

Tracklist Blu-ray (audio/video):
1. Neurotica
2. Pictures of a City
3. Cirkus   
4. Dawn Song
5. Last Skirmish
6. Prince Rupert's Lament
7. Epitaph
8. Devil Dogs
9. Fracture
10. Islands
11. Indiscipline
12. Peace - An End
13. Easy Money
14. Interlude
15. The Letters
16. The Sailors Tale
17. Catalytic No 9
18. Fallen Angel
19. The Talking Drum
20. Larks' Tongues in Aspic Part 2
21. Starless
22. The Hell Hounds of Krim
23. 21st Century Schizoid Man

Mel Collins: Saxes & flute
Robert Fripp: Guitar & keyboards
Gavin Harrison: Drums
Jakko Jakszyk: Guitar & voice
Tony Levin: Basses & stick
Pat Mastelotto: Drum
Bill Rieflin: Keyboards
Jeremy Stacey: Drums & keyboards