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    Posted: January 26 2009 at 03:34

Bill retires from public performance


After 41 years of moving the percussive pulse in music and raising people's
pulses in general, Bill Bruford has announced his retirement from
public performance, effective from January 1st 2009.


Bill's contribution to music is celebrated by the release of two new anthologies covering his solo career.





The Winterfold Collection 1978 - 1986 has prime cuts from albums such as Feels Good To Me One Of A Kind Gradually Going Tornado and the  Bruford/Moraz combo.

The Summerfold Collection 1987 - 2008 is a two disc affair covering Bill's period with the eclectic Earthworks group, as well as his partnership with pianist Michiel
Borstlap.




The albums are released on February 2nd 2009. In the UK the Winterfold Collection can be ordered here, whilst its companion can be found here.
If you're in the States try here for the first set and here for the Summerfold Collection.

Don't forget if you want to read all about Bill's career in music from the
horse's mouth, you can pre-order his forthcoming biography
here and here.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 26 2009 at 05:04
Well, Happy Chinese New Year to you too...

In that recent BBC documentary on prog Bill already declared that he found touring a complete turn-off. Still, the possibility we'll never again see him playing live again is a real downer... I saw him with Earthworks a few years ago and I thought there could be no greater happiness than to be in the same room with such a marvellous player! Let's just hope he'll keep making records.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 26 2009 at 08:18
Too bad!I never had the opportunity to see him live:he's one of my favourite drummers.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 26 2009 at 10:12
official confirmation here: http://www.billbruford.com/news.asp
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 26 2009 at 11:56
All I can say is, he's certainly earned it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 26 2009 at 14:14
Originally posted by Easy Livin

official confirmation here: http://www.billbruford.com/news.asp


I got it from MySpace - that's why I didn't have a link. Smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 26 2009 at 14:17
oh too bad, though somehow I think he'll perform again, but it's definitely a loss


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 26 2009 at 15:22
Aloha Brudda Bill. Thanks for the memories... King crimson, Discipline tour 1981 and that unforgettable night
The Trick of the tail tour 1976 neath a 1000 glittering stars. Always will be my favorite drummer.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 26 2009 at 16:08
Oh Bill well I wish you a long and happy retirement though the short announcement talks about live perfomances only so hopefully theres more music to come. What's the reason behind the decision?
 For all the years I've admired your music I only saw you live once, with Crimson in 1980 (or was it 81) on the Discipline tour at the Marquee. Nearly saw you headlining a drum festival at South Bank in 2006 I think it was - regrets regrets!!!
 
Very best wishes.........
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 26 2009 at 22:03
Well I'm certainly glad I got to see him live with KC on several occasions/lineups as well as in drum clinics. It doesn't mean we won't still hear his magical voice on recordings but I will indeed miss seeing him perform.
 
Very best wishes indeed and thanks for all the inspiration!


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 26 2009 at 22:18
THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC BILL
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 27 2009 at 06:18
Well, I'm glad that I saw him live at least once: with King Crimson in the Thrak tour.
 
Bill, you certainly deserve your retirement from public performance!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 27 2009 at 06:37
I've had the good fortune of seeing him live on a few occasions.  For those that haven't there are many performances available on DVD. Big smile

A drummer with a distinctive style who has certainly made a big impact on the world of music.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 27 2009 at 07:47
What a shame, still I dare say he'll continue recording and may be tempted out of retirement for the occasional gig from time to time.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 28 2009 at 13:51
What The F*+%'s wrong with Bill? All of his old peers are still playing, Collins, White, Palmer, etc. Hell, I saw the great Buddy Rich playing when he was in his 70's and he was unbelievable! I'm so sad to see this. His jazzy off-beat time signatures were such an influence on prog-rock drumming. I hope he changes his mind in the future. He made the early music of Yes and King Crimson even more exciting than it already was.Cry  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 28 2009 at 15:15
Bah. Never got to see him live...Cry
 
As long as he continues to make music, though, I'll be ok.
 
So much live magic he's given us o'er the years....time to start cherishing it. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 28 2009 at 15:43
if he truly is retired for good from playing live, it's certainly grim news. Who knows, though. He's still fairly young, and if he keeps doing studio work, I'm hoping he will feel the urge to go out a few more times.
 
Then again, anyone who's seen an interview with the guy should also know that he is very opinionated, and sticks to his word. So if he's serious about qutting the live game, he won't play live again.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 02 2009 at 13:57
One of the true greats. His contribution to the prime period of KC cannot be over-stated. I started to lose interest when he went way over to the jazz side in his early solo career, but this will make me fill in the missing spaces.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 02 2009 at 14:13
I've heard that from um-teen musicians ( ie. the Who, Kiss, Blah Blah Blah ) When he starts going broke he'll be back. Musicians can't retire. Like doctors either they work or die.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 02 2009 at 14:26
He`s going to take up gardening.
                
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