21st Century Schizoid Band

21st Century Schizoid Band were a King Crimson alumnus group formed in 2002.[1]

21st Century Schizoid Band
GenresRock, progressive rock
Years active2002 - 2004
Associated actsKing Crimson
Past membersIan McDonald
Jakko Jakszyk
Mel Collins
Peter Giles
Michael Giles
Ian Wallace

The name derives from the famous song "21st Century Schizoid Man" from the first King Crimson album, In the Court of the Crimson King. The initial band featured Mel Collins on saxophones, flute and keyboards, Michael Giles on drums, Peter Giles on bass, Ian McDonald on alto saxophone, flute and keyboards, and Jakko Jakszyk on guitar and vocals.[1] All but Jakszyk had previously been members of King Crimson in its early years. Ian Wallace, another former Crimson member from that same period, replaced Mike Giles in early 2003 after the band's Japanese tour. Further international touring followed in 2003/04.[2]

The band played live with sets concentrating on compositions from King Crimson's first four albums and other works from the band members' back catalogues,[3] including McDonald and Giles. They have released four albums, mostly of live work but including newer and/or recent compositions, such as Ian McDonald's "Let There Be Light" (from his solo album Driver's Eyes) and "Catley's Ashes," a Jakszyk instrumental which later appeared on his solo album The Bruised Romantic Glee Club (2006).[4]

The band has been inactive since 2004; with members based in different countries, touring proved to be logistically and financially difficult. The possibility of performing again in 2005 was considered following offers from festivals, possibly with Guy Evans (of Van der Graaf Generator) on drums to replace Wallace who had other commitments, but the idea was abandoned. Wallace's death in February 2007[5] would seem to have closed the lid on the band for good.

Jakszyk and Collins went on to record as a trio with founding Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp (and with rhythmic support from fellow members Tony Levin and Gavin Harrison) on the Scarcity of Miracles album in 2011.[6] This was followed in 2013 by the announcement of a new King Crimson formation including all five, plus two additional members.[7]



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  2. ^ a b "21st Century Schizoid Band: Pictures of a City - Live in New York". Allmusic. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  3. ^ Shteamer, Hank (7 June 2019). "King Crimson's Singer on Joining His Favorite Band, Working With Robert Fripp". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  4. ^ "The Bruised Romantic Glee Club". burningshed.com. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Ian Wallace • Obituary (Pierre Perrone in 'The Independent', 28 February 2007)". www.procolharum.com. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  6. ^ Jazz, All About. "Jakszyk, Fripp & Collins: A Scarcity of Miracles album review @ All About Jazz". All About Jazz. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  7. ^ "King Crimson to re-form, says Robert Fripp". the Guardian. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  8. ^ 21st Century Schizoid Band – Official Bootleg Volume One (2002, CD), retrieved 18 March 2021
  9. ^ MVD Entertainment Group (2013), 21st Century Schizoid Band : Live in Japan, New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c2010., retrieved 24 February 2021
  10. ^ 21st Century Schizoid Band – Live In Italy (2004, CD), retrieved 18 March 2021