LOL I never thought i would hear King Crimson described as just some B rock band that kind of opened shows for people
King Crimson was an intense fusion/Rock band that had a verry eclectic following. Their membership changed wildly over time, at times including some of the best fusion and Rock artists of their period. They never sounded like anyone else.
They were not very commercial, often doing instrumentals, and changing their sound between albums, and at times were psychedelic, new-wave, rock, fusion and even heavy metal.
This band at times included famous improvisational musicians like Greg Lake, Robert Fripp and Adrian Belew, and members of Foriegner, Bad Company, etc.
I especially like the period whe Adrian Belew led the band, they put out 3 fabulous albums starting with "Dicipline". Dicipline incorporated elements of Fusion, New Wave, and spoken word (Rap?)... in a very musical package. I hear their song "Elephant Talk" occasionally in movies and TV. GREAT ALBUM.
Many of the KC musicians are still very active, and still excellent. KC may even still exist in some form (?).
They are/were DEFINITELY a musician's band. YOu listen to them when they wanted to hear great instrumental players. Their shows were always intense, but subtly. Robert Frip sat calmly at a computer/keyboard and played about 10 instruments during the whole show I saw, while Adrian Belew jumped around and played frenetic guitar. Well, should I say ... he played about 7 guitars.
Vocals werent necessarily their focus, but when they used vocals, they did so artistically.
Download the song "Elephant Talk", or the whole album "Discipline" if you want to hear an amazing band in its prime.