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 Post subject: Re: Adrian Belew
PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:38 pm 
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Adrian's trio is now a four-piece band. Keys/Guitar has been added. New album coming. New tour this summer. He's playing on the same Saturday night as my Iron Maiden show, this September 14th. Coach House on the 12th is a maybe for me.

At least I have seen him once with the Stickmen.

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 Post subject: Re: Adrian Belew
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Adrian's trio is now a four-piece band. Keys/Guitar has been added. New album coming. New tour this summer. He's playing on the same Saturday night as my Iron Maiden show, this September 14th. Coach House on the 12th is a maybe for me.

At least I have seen him once with the Stickmen.

Where did you get that information, Dave-O? I can’t find any west coast dates anywhere.


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 Post subject: Re: Adrian Belew
PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:13 pm 
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^AB's fb page.

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 Post subject: Re: Adrian Belew
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^^Thanks. Sacramento, 9/16. Definite maybe.


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 Post subject: Re: Adrian Belew
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 Post subject: Re: Adrian Belew
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A new album is great news!!


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^It's titled "POP-SIDED" and the first show was tonight

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Sad that Adrian will have nothing to do with the Hologram tour. I think it would have been a blast for him to perform with some of those players again or even for the first time.


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 Post subject: Re: Adrian Belew
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^ How many shows did he do on the Capt. Tom celebration tour?

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 Post subject: Re: Adrian Belew
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Sad that Adrian will have nothing to do with the Hologram tour. I think it would have been a blast for him to perform with some of those players again or even for the first time.

Adrian let himself get bullied by some small minded and nasty FZ fans on social media who thought this project was a bad idea so he dropped out. Too bad.


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 Post subject: Re: Adrian Belew
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"This isn't for you, Adrian"

is what Fripp said about five years ago when he was reforming King Crimson.

AB's fine as a solo artist.


Last night he opened with Matte Kudasai and closed with Thela Hun Ginjeet. I hope played more than ten songs, though.

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I saw a more complete list

Happy With What...
City of Tiny Lights
and, You Never Know(not a Jeff Beck cover) were played.

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 Post subject: Re: Adrian Belew
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KUIII wrote:
Spaceresearcher wrote:
Sad that Adrian will have nothing to do with the Hologram tour. I think it would have been a blast for him to perform with some of those players again or even for the first time.

Adrian let himself get bullied by some small minded and nasty FZ fans on social media who thought this project was a bad idea so he dropped out. Too bad.

Why would Belew allow small minded, nasty people to bully him? Makes no sense. I figured he didn't get involved because dead rockstar holograms are a lame gimmick.


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 Post subject: Re: Adrian Belew
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^And 'he's plenty busy with his own projects' would be the main reason for any musician asked to do something like this.

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 Post subject: Re: Adrian Belew
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downer mydnyte wrote:
KUIII wrote:
Spaceresearcher wrote:
Sad that Adrian will have nothing to do with the Hologram tour. I think it would have been a blast for him to perform with some of those players again or even for the first time.

Adrian let himself get bullied by some small minded and nasty FZ fans on social media who thought this project was a bad idea so he dropped out. Too bad.

Why would Belew allow small minded, nasty people to bully him? Makes no sense. I figured he didn't get involved because dead rockstar holograms are a lame gimmick.

He talked about it on his Facebook page. He was in until he got negative feedback from some fans. This was in the middle of the big Ahmet/Dweezil feud. I got the impression that he didn’t want anything to do with anything in Zappaland after that. Why he would let people on social media get to him I don’t know. It seems like he’s overly sensitive to stuff like that.


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 Post subject: Re: Adrian Belew
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downer mydnyte wrote:
Why would Belew allow small minded, nasty people to bully him? Makes no sense. I figured he didn't get involved because dead rockstar holograms are a lame gimmick.

Must've run out of pills!

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It's a well established fact',
He said, 'I recommend a fifth of Jack
And a bottle of Prozac.'"

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 Post subject: Re: Adrian Belew
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coevad wrote:
^And 'he's plenty busy with his own projects' would be the main reason for any musician asked to do something like this.

Playing second fiddle to a hologram is not every musician's dream.

How much would folks pay to see this band without the hologram? Same? Less? More??


Well, I woke up this morning and I shaved off my head
By the time I realized what I had done I was already dead
but it's okay 'cause my hologram's on tour
and the band don't need to split the cash with me no more


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 Post subject: Re: Adrian Belew
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Adrian Belew says see him while you can
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The guitar great also shares a few Pittsburgh memories as he heads here for another show.

PITTSBURGH — Guitar whiz and vocalist Adrian Belew reinvented his live sound for a tour that visits the Rex Theater on April 7.

An acclaimed six-stringer for King Crimson, David Bowie and Frank Zappa, and also successful on his own, Belew has set aside the power trio concept he’s used the past decade, and now fronts a quartet that brings keyboards or an extra guitar when needed.

“It’s a broader scope,” Belew said. “We now can play more of my catalog from Crimson and my solo material and other things. When I was touring in a power trio, there was a certain amount of material you couldn’t play in the form it was written. I also can now play some of my piano songs. We do a couple of those. Plus a few songs from my brand-new album ‘Pop-Sided.’ It’s only available at shows, so it’s a soft release.”

Belew concedes it’s unusual for an artist to only sell an album at shows, but he’s got a good reason for not releasing any songs yet to platforms like Spotify or even his Facebook page.

“We’re still thinking of licensing the record out to a couple of different labels, so we didn’t want to dent sales too much,” Belew said. “So we said let’s just sell it at our shows. That may mean the record will get a hard release in a couple of months. It’s already done and art-worked.”

“I know that’s not fair. But I felt like there’s something about it that we shouldn’t just give away. The 10 songs on it are really strong. An 11th piece is a guitar instrumental. But I believe it’s the best material I’ve written in a long time. So I thought let’s not sell the record short right away.”

Not that record sales have been guiding force for Belew, who only cracked the U.S. Hot 100 chart once, for his 1989 novelty song “Oh Daddy,” where a 10-year-old daughter questions if dad is ever going to write a hit record.

Belew’s fan base stems from his wild, atmospheric guitar playing, enhanced by his unique use of effects and a whammy bar. It’s a one-of-a-kind style that prompted legendary band leader Zappa to say “Adrian reinvented electric guitar.”

Belew later toured with Bowie, including the grand Sound + Vision Tour with a June 1990 show at Star Lake Amphitheater regarded as one of the Burgettstown venue’s most amazing nights.

“That was a life-changing tour for me in so many ways,” Belew recalled two weeks ago in a phone interview. “I spent more than a year traveling around the world. And it was just the epicenter of what you’d want a rock ‘n’ roll tour to be. We had a private jet. We’re with David Bowie. We’re selling out stadiums. It’s the most money I ever made in a year. I met my wife on that tour.”

Belew has nothing but praise for Bowie.

“I loved his music. I loved being on stage with him. We got very, very close.”

Two days after Bowie’s death in 2016, Belew wrote a song about him. Belew plays that song on this current tour.

“It says exactly what I thought when my wife woke me up and told me the news. It’s called ‘You Never Know,’ and it gets a great response from our audiences,” Belew said. “I always thought we’d be back together working again: like any day now, David would call me. It just felt like a matter of time. Though we ran out of time.”

Belew’s setlists haven’t included any Bowie, but there have been seven songs from his days with prog-rock face-melters King Crimson, along with a Zappa tune and a song from his days leading the Bears.

“It would take seven days to play all the stuff I’d want to play,” the Kentucky native said.

A few songs get abbreviated.

“We give you a taste of it, maybe the verse and a chorus, then it changes to the next thing. In that way, we can play like 28 songs. This tour is a lot more vocal oriented.”

That shortened, quick-change concept is patterned after his groundbreaking music app, FLUX by Belew.

As its homepage explains, the app offers “an ever-changing mix of new music, songs, sounds and visual arts. FLUX by Belew is the newest way to experience music that comes at you in quick, surprising pieces that never plays the same way twice.”

Belew elaborates: “FLUX is a way to utilize anything and everything that comes to my mind, as long as I’m happy with it. I’ve always had a lot of little ideas that I could never find a home for on an album. Like this crazy guitar loop that only lasts 12 seconds and I love it, but I don’t know what to do with it. Or a song with just a chorus and a verse that’s perfect the way it is and I don’t want to have to write another two verses.”

He releases mini-songs like that exclusively to FLUX owners.

“It’s meant to be surprising, so you never know what’s happening next. It also has creative visuals and you get to see behind-the-scenes things. There are so many aspects beyond just information,” Belew said. “Plus it’s never finished. It’s an ever-growing live thing, with pieces of songs and sounds on it.

“It’s like looking into the workings of my brain,” he said, voice teetering on laughter as he added, “if you wanted to do that.”

If you could see the part of his brain harboring Pittsburgh memories, you’d find a few fun ones.

“Pittsburgh? My standout memory of there is me taking our tour van by myself and driving back to our hotel to take a quick shower, and in the process getting extremely lost, which is very easy to do in Pittsburgh. I made it back to the concert hall two minutes before showtime. But that’s a crazy memory. My real memory is of the Pittsburgh audiences, which have always been great.

“I also did a show there down along the river (the former I.C. Light Amphitheatre), and I was playing an acoustic

version of “The Rail Song,” when all of a sudden here comes a train going ‘Woo, Woo!’ and the whole audience went wild,” Belew said. “I mean some things can’t be planned. I love trains so I was just thrilled.”

King Crimson fans will be thrilled to know Belew’s quartet has been playing the gem “Three of a Perfect Pair.”

“With the power trio, we played it very aggressively, upbeat and fast with a lot of guitar distortion. Now we’re playing a version that sounds more like the record,” Belew said. “We take that song and run it into a few other King Crimson songs. It brings the house down.”

Belew’s wife, Martha, has joined him on this tour, working the merchandise table, where she’s learned a lot about her hubby’s fans.

“You get a lot of information at the merch table,” Belew said. “We’re learning a lot of the people returning to hear me had left after the ’80s and don’t know anything I’ve done after that. I applaud them for getting back into my music, but I want to say to them, ‘Wow you missed so much. You’ve got a lot of catching up to do.’ Some of the best material I’ve written is on this new record, though I guess artists are supposed to feel that way.”

His band includes Jordan Perlson on drums, Saul Zonana on keyboards, guitar, and vocals, and virtuoso bassist Julie Slick.

“If you read any of the reviews, you’ll see my fans are loving it. It’s the most response we’ve gotten in awhile,” the 69-year-old Belew said.

“And I don’t mean to be morbid, but if you like a musician, don’t wait to see them. Because as we saw two years ago, a lot of artists have died and you never know,” Belew said. “I mean, I feel perfectly good right now. I don’t feel like I’m going to pass any time soon. There’s still a lot of energy in my body.”

(Tickets are $30 and $35 to see Adrian Belew at The Rex on Pittsburgh’s South Side. The show starts at 7 p.m. with a set by his bandmate Saul Zonana.)

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 Post subject: Re: Adrian Belew
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^^Thanks GG. I definitely want to see Adrian this time around if I can. I’ve seen him three times over the last ten years and he’s always been great.


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KUIII wrote:
^^Thanks GG. Not knowing when I’m going to go I don’t like to make plans too far in advance these days but I definitely want to see Adrian this time around if I can. I’ve seen him three times over the last ten years and he’s always been great.


No worries KU.....I've yet to see Adrian in the flesh, NZ's a long way to come.

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