ROBERT FRIPP

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Collins can’t re­call ex­actly where or when he first saw King Crim­son, but the feel­ing he got has stuck with him. “They were ab­so­lutely phe­nom­e­nal,” he says. “Just like noth­ing else I’d ever seen. This was be­fore pro­gres­sive rock was even called pro­gres­sive rock, but it was clear they were do­ing some­thing that was com­pletely new and fairly as­tound­ing. And while every­one else was wear­ing capes and flounc­ing about, there he [Robert Fripp] was in his suit, sit­ting on a stool.”

De­spite mov­ing in the same cir­cles, Collins and Crim­son mas­ter­mind Fripp wouldn’t work to­gether un­til the early 80s, when the for­mer played drums on Dis­en­gage and North Star, two tracks on Fripp’s de­but solo al­bum, Ex­po­sure.

“That was an in­ter­est­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” says Collins. “Robert doesn’t work like any­one else. He’s very pro­fes­so­rial and very fo­cused – there’s no mess­ing around. That’s not to say he’s not a warm per­son, be­cause he is, but he knows what he wants from him­self, and from you. And lis­ten­ing back to North Star,

I think it’s one of my favourite pieces of mu­sic that I’ve ever played on.”

Did Fripp or any­one else ever try to tempt you away from Gen­e­sis in the 1970s?

“Not that I can re­mem­ber,” Collins says. “I don’t think I would have gone any­way, even if they had.”

“We were to­tally aware of what Yes were do­ing, and even though we were very dif­fer­ent, they were still an in­flu­ence. Es­pe­cially Bill Bru­ford, who sounded like no other rock drum­mer at the time.”

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