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King Crimson's Billie Rieflin dies

King Crimson's Billie Rieflin dies”

In an interview with NPR in 2011, Rieflin would describe his R.E.M. bandmates as "a rare breed in my experience".

After playing on a 1986 single by Revolting Cocks, an industrial project involving Ministry founder Al Jourgensen, Rieflin became closely involved with Ministry and its side projects for about a decade without ever joining as an official member.

News of Rieflin's passing was confirmed by King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp, who, in a Facebook post, shared, "A call from Tracy Rieflin in Seattle ..." He added, "Fly well, Brother Bill! My life is immeasurably richer for knowing you", wrote Fripp.

King Crimson's Bill Rieflin has died. The bassist for one of those bands, Paul Barker, later joined the pioneering industrial band Ministry, eventually welcoming Rieflin into the fold as well. In 2013, he joined King Crimson and was one of three drummers, and after a hiatus in 2015, he continued to contribute to the band until he took an indefinite hiatus from the group in 2019. He would go on to appear on five Ministry albums including breakthrough The Land Of Rape and Honey, and The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste.

While primarily known as a drummer, Rieflin was a versatile multi-instrumentalist and prolific session musician, recording with everyone from Nine Inch Nails to experimental rockers Swans and pop singer Robbie Williams.

Meanwhile, R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe posted a tribute on Instagram.

Meanwhile, Ministry wrote on Twitter, "Today we lost a wonderful artist, tremendous human being and an integral part of Ministry's developments and success".

On the time he first met Bill, Robert continued: "A endlessly reminiscence is many years outdated, after I first met Bill at a late evening Policeman's bar in Seattle, sat at a greasy desk ingesting scotch, and we listened to "Birdland" off the jukebox in reverent silence and awe. Safe travels my brother on the way to your next universal gig".



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