Adrian Belew Shares His Regrets About His Involvement In King Crimson Documentary

Former King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew reflected on his thought about the band’s documentary in his recent conversation with Cleveland’s Gary Graff. Belew stated that he shouldn’t have been part of it by unveiling the reason behind this regret.

Belew served as singer, second guitarist, and occasional drummer for King Crimson from 1981 to 2009, which made him one of the few musicians that stayed in the band for decades. It was a surprising survival in the band considering many problems, disputes, breakups, hiatuses, and creative differences during those years. However, they didn’t prevent the famous guitar player’s long-term career in the band.

Its founder, Robert Fripp, announced that he was retired from the music industry in 2012, leaving King Crimson in purgatory. Yet, he reformed the band a short time later, but Belew didn’t take place in the new lineup. The reason why Fripp didn’t ask the guitarist to join remained unknown, which shocked many longtime fans. Moreover, a documentary production was inevitable as a band full of crazy adventures and issues for more than fifty years.

In the documentary, ‘In the Court of the Crimson King,’ which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in March 2022, the director Toby Amies interviewed not only the current members but also the ex-members. Belew opened up about his appearance, saying he participated in it to share details about the band’s history. He didn’t know it was about King Crimson’s last two years, and the guitarist didn’t want to talk about the period he didn’t witness. Belew highlighted that Amies only used his negative comments about the events, which disappointed him.

In Belew’s words, he said:

“I don’t think I’m going to see it. I saw the four minutes that I’m supposedly in. That was enough for me. I didn’t enjoy the choices made. I gave them two days’ worth of time, and they chose, I guess, four comments that were all negative, so I don’t want to see them. I’m not trying to be negative, but when I was told about it, it was insisted I had to be in it because it was about the history of King Crimson. Well, of course, I wouldn’t think about not being there.

But it turned out it was really about the last two years of the band, which I wasn’t part of and have never heard of or seen, so I really shouldn’t be in the film, to be honest. I didn’t have anything to say about that. I didn’t want to come off the way I was portrayed, but I guess the filmmaker thought he needed that.”

You can check out the trailer below.