King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp and wife Toyah Willcox cover Black Sabbath Classic

2022-11-01

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Watch King Crimson Guitarist Robert Fripp and Wife Toyah Willcox Perform Their Own Version of ‘Children of the Grave’

King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp and his wife, singer, Toyah Willcox, host a “Sunday Lunch” series, in which they do wild covers of classic songs. For the Halloween edition of the series, the duo released the Black Sabbath classic “Children of the Grave.”

As always, they were dressed to the nines. The look was very appropriate for Halloween, with Fripp dressing up with large spiders on her head and shoulder and Toyah wearing a sheer top with a giant spider leg across her chest.

“Children of the Grave” is the second Black Sabbath song the two have covered. When they started doing their “Sunday Lunch” series, they covered “Paranoid.” Other previous “Sunday Lunch” covers include Fountains of Wayne’s classic “Stacy’s Mom”, Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train”, Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell” and many more.

Fripp says not everyone is happy with his “Sunday Lunch” videos with his wife. Granted, the videos are often weird, but regardless, Tripp is totally behind what he’s doing. Talk with The Telegraph (Going through Stronger), he said, “[The series has] upset some King Crimson fans. “At the start of the lockdown, my wife handed me a tutu and a pair of her black tights and took me to the end of the garden and put me on Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. My wife insists that the artists have a responsibility to lift people’s spirits in difficult times. Do I respect that? My answer is yes, completely and totally I do.

He added: “We are fully aware of what people have been through during the lockdown. I mean, getting fucked in a small apartment while your mom is dying and you can’t go to the funeral. My wife told me, if all we’ve done in two years is help someone through their bad times, it’s worth it.

He continued, “So I’m not sure it meets a criterion of serving what’s highest in music, but for me it’s a real commitment that I respect. And I’m totally willing to strap on a guitar and get into a classic riff to achieve that. At 76, why should I give a fuck? It’s my life.”

The couple’s “Sunday Lunch” performances have been so popular that the two are taking the show on the road. They are announced to be touring in 2023, but dates have yet to be announced. Watch their spicy version of “Children of the Grave” via the video below.

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