Triple Door Downtown
Sat Sept 21, 8 pm & Sun Sept 22, 7 pm All Ages
Recommended by Leilani Polk
Adrian Belew is an exceptional axman, although he’s probably more renowned for his vast work as a sideman than his solo catalog. However, the latter is just as worthy of your attention, but not as commanding of mainstream respect as his recordings with (among many others) Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Talking Heads (he played on the phenomenal Remain in Light), and, most notably, King Crimson. Robert Fripp welcomed him into that band’s cool prog-rock embrace beginning with 1981’s Discipline, and Belew continued to play a major role in King Crimson on eight more albums up to 2003, all the while releasing solo material. While Belew sings and plays many instruments, it’s as a guitarist where he shines, making superior use of a whammy bar and effects pedals, juggling shreds with subtler fretwork, pushing boundaries and remaining relevant because he embraces new techniques.