Sep 192008
 

Enterprise Entertainment present
Adrian Belew Power Trio

“Adrian is the most awesome musician in the world. I’ve never seen anybody play guitar like that.” – Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails)

Adrian Belew will return to Australia in December for the Adelaide Guitar Festival as well as a few East Coast shows. The live show features King Crimson favourites, classics from Adrian’s many solo albums, spirited improvisation, and special solo moments by Adrian.

The self-proclaimed ‘stunt guitarist’ Adrian Belew was famously discovered by Frank Zappa and performed on Zappa’s controversial mega-seller, Sheik Yerbouti. He then quickly developed a reputation as a guitar wizard and the ‘the weapon of choice’ for the likes of David Bowie on Lodger, Talking Heads Remain In Light, Tom Tom Club Tom Tom Club, Paul Simon’s landmark album Graceland, Laurie Anderson Mister Heartbreak, Jean Michel Jarre Zoolook amongst many others. More recently he has contributed to three Nine Inch Nails album’s The Downward Spiral, The Fragile and the instrumental Ghosts I – IV, as well as Tori Amos “Strange Little Girls”.

King Crimson fans however know Adrian Belew as the principle architect (vocals and lead guitar) of the bands sound since he joined them in 1981 and they recorded what many fans (and indeed Robert Fripp himself) consider their finest record, Discipline. The new line-up of Kind Crimson, which transformed a 70’s prog-rock artifact to a blueprint for brilliant guitar-based avant-garde music, continued to live up to the legacy of its namesake with Beat (the follow-up to Discipline). The album contained the minor crossover hit Heartbeat. The subsequent 1984 album Three of a Pair featured Sleepless which most Australian’s will be familiar with as providing the distinctive bass line which intro’s the long running ABC music program Rage.

More than any other musician, Adrian has tirelessly explored the sonic possibilities of the electric guitar. Some of the various awards he has received include ‘Best New Talent Award’ in the Readers’ Poll from Guitar Player Magazine (1982) , ‘Best Experimental Guitarist’ award Guitar Player Magazine (1989 – 1993) and ‘Guitar Innovator Award’ from the Music For Life Alliance (2004). In 2005 he was nominated for a Grammy in the category Best Rock Instrumental Performance.

This tour will be the influential musical chameleon’s first ever with his own band in Australia following his tour two years ago with local players to ecstatic reviews and packed rooms. The Adrian Belew Power Trio also consists of Julie Slick (bass) and Eric Slick (drums). The Slicks are a brother and sister duo whom he met at the famous School of Rock (yes, the same one immortalized for the silver screen by Jack Black) when he was there instructing a class of musical whiz kids on how to play and survive in the music business. From there he quickly invited the two most talented kids in the room to join him on tour and they have been touring since 2006, playing together all over the world.

Australian Tour. December 2008.

Wednesday 3rd
MELBOURNE. The Corner Hotel. 57 Swan Street, Richmond.
Tickets from www.cornerhotel.com

Thursday 4th
SYDNEY. The Basement. 29 Reiby Place, Circular Quay.
Tickets from www.moshtix.com.au

Friday 5th – Sunday 7th
ADELAIDE. Adelaide Guitar Fest. Adelaide Festival Centre.
Tickets from www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au

Monday 8th
SYDNEY. The Vanguard. 42 King Street, Newtown.
Tickets from www.moshtix.com.au

Tuesday 9th
SYDNEY. The Vanguard. 42 King Street, Newtown.
Tickets from www.moshtix.com.au

Wednesday 10th
SYDNEY. The Brass Monkey. 115a Cronulla Street, Cronulla.
Tickets from www.moshtix.com.au

Thursday 11th
BULLI. The Heritage Hotel. 240 Princess Highway, Bulli.
Tickets from www.heritagehotel.com.au

Watch:
Sleepless

Heartbeat

Links:
www.myspace.com/adrianbelew
www.adrianbelew.net

Further information, interviews, publicity etc:
Karen Conrad (kcpublicity@optusnet.com.au) or 0400 527 365