Robert Fripp covered Mötley Crüe, Metallica and was “blown away” by the guitar playing

Photo of Robert FRIPP and KING CRIMSON
(Image credit: Patrick Ford/Redferns)

2020 was head-spinning, world-turned-upside-down weird, and perhaps no musical duo captured and translated that weirdness quite so pointedly as King Crimson electric guitar icon Robert Fripp and his wife Toyah Willcox, with their “Sunday Lunch” series of YouTube cover songs.

And while part of the beauty of the weekly videos – which has seen the previously-believed-to-be-humorless Fripp joining Willcox to tackle everything from Black Sabbath’s Paranoid and Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze to Metallica’s Enter Sandman and, incredibly, Motley Crue’s Girls, Girls, Girls – is the fact that they appear without comment or context, Fripp and Willcox recently sat down with Rolling Stone to pull the curtain back a bit on their intentions with the videos. 

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month**

Join now for unlimited access

US pricing $3.99 per month or $39.00 per year

UK pricing £2.99 per month or £29.00 per year 

Europe pricing €3.49 per month or €34.00 per year

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Prices from £2.99/$3.99/€3.49

Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.