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King Crimson’s Tony Levin Talks Band’s Cover of Bowie’s “Heroes”

Just out is King Crimson's Heroes -- Live In Europe 2016, a document from last year's tour overseas legendary prog rock band and its current "double quartet" lineup.

The key track, of course, is the title remake of the 1977 David Bowie classic, whose original recording featured King Crimson leader and guitarist Robert Fripp.

Bassist Tony Levin tells us that it was an appropriate cover for the group after Bowie's death during January of 2016:

King Crimson’s Tony Levin Talks Band’s Cover of Bowie’s “Heroes”

"I think it was wonderful last year that we added the piece 'Heroes,' David Bowie's 'Heroes' to our set for the live show...For some of those, the reason for that, who don't know is Robert Fripp played a particularly distinctive guitar solo and line on that piece, and what a hoot and surprise the audience that we added it, especially the first audience to hear it. They were pretty shocked and very pleased. It's also drastically simple compared to the simplest of the things King Crimson does, which makes it fun, also."


The Heroes EP, recorded in Berlin, where the original "Heroes" was recorded, features an edited version of the track and three other King Crimson favorites.

King Crimson kicks off a North American tour on Sunday, June 11, with a three-night stand at the Moore Theatre in Seattle.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.