The reveal comes from the rocker's wife, Toyah Wilcox - a successful actress, musician and TV presenter in her own right - who co-starred with him in the clip.
As Wilcox explained The GuardianIt was his idea to start recording videos at home as a way to get Fripp out of his lockdown-induced funk.
"Here I am in this house with this 74-year-old husband whom I really don't want to live without," Wilcox explained. “He was pulling away, so I thought, 'I'm going to teach him to dance.' And it became a challenge.
The first video was less than a minute long and featured the couple dancing on Tchaikovsky's “Swan Lake”. Wilcox and Fripp wore tights and tutus, a particularly shocking sight given the typically serious demeanor of rocker King Crimson.
Wilcox admitted her husband was "fucking furious" on the initial clip. “He felt that he was being made fun of. Later, she was able to show him how happy the video made his fans. “The response has been overwhelmingly positive, and now, six months later, he can see that it was quite an important thing to do, as it became a shared experience with an audience who needed to remember the beauty. of man laughing. "
Indeed, Fripp has clearly embraced his new experience as a viral star. While the tutus haven't made another appearance, the couple have continued to post weekly videos for several months. The series, dubbed "Toyah & Robert's Sunday Lockdown Lunch," saw the couple do anything from dancing in the kitchen to covering songs from rock's most notable acts. Airs of Nirvana, the Kinks, David Bowie, Metallica, Guns N 'Roses and the Sex pistols are among those reinvented by the duo. The videos have racked up millions of views, which fortunately amazes Wilcox.
“I have never experienced the power of this connection,” the singer admitted.
Watch more clips from Fripp and Wilcox below.
Watch Toyah and Robert cover Metallica's "Enter Sandman"
Watch Toyah and Robert cover Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
Watch Toyah and Robert cover Kinks' "You Really Got Me"
Watch Toyah & Robert reprise "Sweet Child O 'Mine" from Guns N' Roses
Watch Toyah and Robert cover David Bowie's "Heroes"
Watch Toyah Tap Dance to King Crimson's "Fracture"
Watch Toyah and Robert cover Sex Pistols' "Anarchy in the UK"
Watch Toyah and Robert cover Alice Cooper's "School's Out"
Watch Toyah and Robert dance in their kitchen