DER BRITISCHE MUSIKER IAN MCDONALD (KING CRIMSON / FOREIGNER) IST GESTORBEN
12.02.2022 Der am 25. Juni 1946 in London geborene britische Songwriter, Multiinstrumentalist und Musikproduzent Ian McDonald (Bild) ist am 9. Februar 2022 in New York City gestorben. Er war Gründungsmitglied der britischen Progressive-Rock-Band King Crimson (mit dem einflussreichen Debutalbum "In the Court of the Crimson King") und der Rockband Foreigner (mit Hits wie "Cold as Ice" und "Feels Like the First Time"). Sein vielfältiges Talent umfasste Spielweisen von der Klassik über die Tanzmusik bis hin zum Rock’n’Roll.
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Ian McDonald, King Crimson and Foreigner Co-Founder, Dead at 75
Multi-instrumentalist helped craft the progressive-rock cornerstone "In the Court of the Crimson King" and played on Foreigner’s massively successful early LPs.
Reflecting a few years ago on a music career as a founding member of two major bands — King Crimson and Foreigner — as well as collaborator with many others, Ian McDonald was quietly pleased with his lot. “I have trouble processing time in terms of years and weeks and months,” he told Billboard. “I mean, it’s 40 years for Foreigner, almost 50 years for King Crimson — but it feels like milliseconds.
“It’s a lot of good work, though.”
Ian McDonald: King Crimson and Foreigner co-founder dies age 75
Between his two best known bands, the multi-instrumentalist appeared on four of the biggest-selling albums of the period 1969-79
His keyboard and saxophone playing were at the heart of the band's hugely influential debut album In the Court of the Crimson King, dubbed 'prog rock's big bang' by Rolling Stone magazine.
McDonald first came to renown as an original member of King Crimson, which was founded in January 1969. By July of that year, the band appeared with the Rolling Stones in a concert in Hyde Park, and released its debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King, that October. The album only went to No. 28 on the Billboard chart, but it was later hailed as a prog-rock landmark. The opening track, "21st Century Schizoid Man," featured McDonald blazing on his saxophone.
Ian McDonald: a tribute
Prog writer Sid Smith pays tribute to King Crimson founding member Ian McDonald, who has has sadly died, aged 75
Audios / Videos:
King Crimson - 21st Century Schizoid Man (Including "Mirrors")
King Crimson - 21st Century Schizoid Man (Live at Hyde Park 1969)
Steve Hackett - Ian Mcdonald - John Wetton In The Court Of The Crimson King
Ian McDonald Talks About His King Crimson Days
Ian McDonald (King Crimson / Foreigner) on the Beatles and the origins of Progressive Rock Music
A Tribute to Ian McDonald (1946-2022)
Is She Waiting? - McDonald & Giles
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