Sunday, December 28, 2014

CD Review: Prog-Rock Singer John Wetton Joins District 97 In Chicago For "One More Red Night"

"The best young progressive band around right now" is how King Crimson/Asia vocalist John Wetton described the American rock band District 97. Since their conception in 2006, the band has released two studio albums and their first live album, the recently released "One More Red Night: Live In Chicago." The album features District 97 performing King Crimson classics with vocalist John Wetton recorded live at the Music Joint in Chicago, IL on October 17, 2013.

The main focus of the album is King Crimson's classic album "Red" which has inspired many musicians, including Nirvana's Kurt Cobain. Three of the album's original five songs appear on this live release, along with other King Crimson classics like "Lament" and "21st Century Schizoid Man." The music performed by District 97 sounds timeless as Wetton's vocals place you back in 1974 with "One More Red Nightmare" and "Fallen Angel." My only fault with this release is that all of the songs are concise without the band stretching out with any jams or adding a little of their own style to the music. The album is a great reminder as to how amazingly good King Crimson was in their first five years of existence, but it does little to show how good of a band District 97 is live. Check out the band's other live recordings from their website ( to see how good District 97 is with their own original material. To find out more about this release, please visit

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