Monday, June 21, 2010

Blog post from Adrian Belew himself in which he discusses a King Crimson reunion and previews this Sunday's Iron Horse gig

Adrian Belew is in legion with musicians that exist on a higher plain of reality. People like Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, Peter Gabriel, David Bowie. He bends music like a black hole warps time. His last two gigs at the Iron Horse have been with the Slick Power Trio. This Sunday, June 27th at 7PM at the Iron Horse, he presents his Painting with Guitar One-Man Show. Tickets here. Okay, we'll turn it over to Mr. Belew.

"Look out east coast, here I come! Preparing for the two-day drive to the east coast to begin the second leg of my painting with guitar one-man shows. I have a few new wrinkles to add to the show this time round and a brand new silver "production model" signature fly! It's my first "production model", it's perfectly awesome, and the best guitar I have ever owned. My fingers happily fly up and down the neck of this beauty.

Daniel will be on board for a second time and I'm looking forward to having Julie open the last two shows. With a new power trio live DVD to sign after the shows and a special pair of silver shoes made by my daughter Audie the only thing left to decide is: conductor's hat or shiny pate?

One thing I enjoy in the show which seems inappropriate for the rock concerts with the power trio or King Crimson is the question and answer interplay with the audiences. The question which is most often posed is: what is happening with King Crimson? So I'll attempt here to answer that question. A few weeks back I wrote an email to my pal Robert Fripp asking him to call me to talk about something of "heartfelt importance".

He called and we began a conversation about the miserable plight of the working musician who often is not paid for his or her contributions to the world of music. Robert said he now spends most of his professional life chasing down money owed to him or King Crimson. For example, neither Robert nor I have been paid one single penny for our work on the Construkction of Light, made how many years ago? Not a single penny. Imagine in your job if this were the case.

Then we got on to the "heartfelt importance" part. I reminded Robert that next year 2011 would mark the 30-year anniversary of what was once called "the best live band in the world", the 1981 King Crimson quartet with Robert, Bill (Bruford), Tony (Levin), and myself. I said I'd like us to put that band back on the road next year. I said it would be a shame for the young people who missed it never to have that experience, especially considering the mostly lame-ass crap that has passed for "great music" in their lives. I said I would do everything in my power to make the touring as pleasant as possible and believe we could hand-pick what we were willing to do, i.e. How many dates, where, etc. (Fripp & Belew, below)

I offered my home and studio for as much rehearsal as needed. I said "don't say no yet, think about it, then call back and say no". There are serious issues of course, such as bill's recent retirement from live music, but I feel a "heartfelt" urge to let the world see and hear that band one more time. Robert is considering the matter now which is where we left it and I hope this entry does not put extra pressure on him. He has every right to decline, as do bill and tony. I'm just hoping it might happen. King Crimson has always been one pillar of my career, the other pillar being whatever solo efforts I can make.

For the last 4 years I've poured my heart and soul into the power trio with Eric and Julie slick. With an incredible amount of work put forth by a small group of people, mostly my wife Martha we have managed to play around the world and been successful beyond what I imagined would happen. But the sad fact is I cannot keep the power trio working year round so Eric has found work in another band which is keeping him so busy he is not available for the rest of this year and who knows when next year. (Below, Zappa and Belew)

All the more reason to buy our new DVD: a crass commercial plug, I realize). To be honest the loss of Eric and possible end of the Slick trio has truly sickened me and caused a paralyzing deep funk over the last few months which I have struggled to overcome. My salvation has been the music I continue to make. But I'm truly excited about my future hopes for the one-man shows, anxious to experience a different power trio with the eight-armed wonder drummer Marco Minnemann and Julie and myself, hopeful of an amazing reunion with my pals Robert, Bill, and Tony, and hoping maybe the Slick Power Trio can reappear Next year if Eric's schedule ever takes a breath. Isn't life exciting? See you at the shows!" (Below, Adrian Belew with Talking Heads.)

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1 comment:

DanC-P said...

Adrian Belew is a national treasure - and that's all I have to say about that.