Adrian Belew with opener Saul Zonana
Friday, April 12, 2019 at 8PM at SOPAC
Progressive Rock’s King Crimson was famously fronted by Adrian Belew for over 30 years, and he served as its songwriter and guitarist, leaving an indelible stamp on its sound and discography. Discipline, Adrian Belew’s first record with King Crimson, is listed among the most important Rock records ever made. His signature tones, unique use of effects and whammy bar remains completely different, and his techniques continue to be a huge influence on today’s guitarists.
He is a multi-instrumentalist whose solo records are critically acclaimed and his moving singing voice and proliﬁc songwriting has endeared a loyal fan base of music lovers. His music is being discovered everyday by more and more listeners thirsty for great music with a creative standard not often pushed by the commercial music industry.
Adrian Belew ﬁrst appeared on the guitar-world radar when he toured with ‘70s rebel Frank Zappa who later said, “Adrian reinvented electric guitar.” From there he went on to be an integral part of David Bowie’s world tours, a stint with Talking Heads and later, GaGa and The Tom Tom Club. With each recording or tour Adrian continued to stretch his musical signature sounds and identity, making him a touchstone for inventive ways to bridge the traditional into the extraordinary.
He scored Pixar’s Oscar-nominated short film Piper, and has his own music app called FLUX.
His latest solo album Pop-Sided, to be released in March 2019, is just the latest in an incredible discography and creative career.
Adrian has had a career that commands both awe and respect from fellow musicians and loyal fans, from his ﬁrst solo record The Lone Rhino to the Atlantic Records hit album Mr. Music Head or any of his other 20-plus solo records that push sonic boundaries while maintaining artistic integrity. Adrian shreds on guitar but also writes beautiful songs that will make you cry.