Adrian Belew

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Adrian Belew Biography

1949
Adrian is born Robert Steven Belew, in Covington, KY on December 23rd.

1960
Adrian joins the Ludlow High School marching band as a drummer. Later, he forms cover bands with fellow classmates; most notably, The Denems. The Denems were a local, well known Beatles cover band.

1970
Adrian changes his name from Robert Steven to 'Adrian' - a name he'd always liked.
Adrian is discovered by Frank Zappa while playing in a cover band named Sweetheart at the infamous Fanny's in Nashville. Frank gets Adrian's name from his chauffeur and later invites Adrian to Los Angeles to audition for his band.
Adrian tours with Frank Zappa. while on tour, Adrian meets David Bowie. Bowie is so impressed with Adrian, he asks him to join his band. The Zappa tour comes to an end and Adrian records on the Bowie classics, Stage and Lodger.

1979
While touring with Bowie, Adrian meets talking heads and performs on 'Remain In Light' and ' .The Name Of This Band Is." he later tours with them.

1980
On the first day of the tour with Talking Heads, Adrian meets Robert Fripp. Fripp asks Adrian to join the soon to be reformed, King Crimson.

1981
Adrian joins King Crimson.
Adrian joins Talking Heads' Chris Franz and Tina Weymouth to record as Tom Tom Club. Adrian co-writes their hit "Genius Of Love" which appears on the self titled release, Tom Tom Club.

1982
Adrian signs with Island Records and releases his debut solo record, 'The Lone Rhino' featuring the song and video, Big Electric Cat.
1983
Adrian releases his second solo lp, Twang Bar King.
Adrian produces The Raisins' debut album and appears on Laurie Anderson's "Mr. Heartbreak".

1984
Adrian finishes his stint with King Crimson. Adrian records "Zoolook" with Jean-Michel Jarre and also produces The Elvis Brothers.

1985
Adrian joins members of The Raisins to become The Bears. They tour the U.S. and end their tour with a sold out show at the Ritz in New York.
Adrian later appears on Laurie Anderson's video, 'Home of the Brave' and on Paul Simon's Grammy winning, "Graceland".

1986
The Bears tour Israel and later sign to PMRC - a division of I.R.S. Records.
Adrian releases his 3rd solo album, 'Desire Caught By The Tail'.

1987
The Bears release their debut CD, "The Bears". The cover is by MAD Magazine's Mort Drucker, and features the singles/videos "Fear Is Never Boring" and "Trust". Touring resumes throughout the southeast U.S.

1988
The Bears release their 2nd album, "Rise and Shine" which features the single & video, "Aches And Pains". the bears take to the highway and tour the U.S.

1989
Adrian releases Mr Music Head on Atlantic Records and follows the release by hosting Post Modern MTV for an entire week. Other appearances include an acoustic performance on VH1's 1-to-1 and Night Music with David Sanborn.MR. MUSIC HEAD TOUR
The video for Oh Daddy features Adrian and his 11 year old daughter, Audie.
Adrian appears on Mike Oldfield's 'Earth Moving' release.
Adrian lends his rendition of "We Three Kings" to a compilation of Christmas songs performed on guitar for Green Linnet Records', "Christmas Guitars".

1990
Adrian tours with David Bowie as David's musical director and band leader, with bassist Erdal Kizilcay, keyboardist Rick Fox, and drummer Mike Hodges.
Adrian appears in David Bowie's video for his remix of Fame in "Fame '90?.
During the tour, Atlantic Records releases Adrian's 5th solo record, 'Young Lions'. Young Lions features the Bowie/Belew collaboration, 'Pretty Pink Rose'.

1991
"Desire of the Rhino King", a long-awaited compilation of selected songs from Adrian's first three solo albums is released by Island Records.
Adrian performs, "Still Life with a Dobro" on the compilation CD, "Guitar Speak III".

1992
Adrian releases his 6th solo album, "Inner Revolution".
Adrian tours for "Inner Revolution". the tour band consists of Rob Fetters (guitar), Brian Lovely (bass), and Mike Hodges (drums).
Adrian's name appears in an episode of the Simpsons.
Adrian produces Mexico's Caifanes' "El Silencio". It hits #1 on Mexico's charts and goes gold!

1993
Adrian tours the midwest with his acoustic tour.
Adrian records "Blackbird" for the Beatles' guitar tribute, "Come Together".
Adrian performs on Sara Hickman's "Necessary Angels" album.
Adrian performs on two tracks for the Crash Test Dummies', "god shuffled his Feet".

1994
Adrian moves to Nashville, TN.
Adrian releases his 7th solo album, "Here".
Adrian begins his "Here" tour with former bears mates: Rob Fetters, Bob Nyswonger and Chris Arduser as his band. This is the closest the fans get to a Bears reunion
Adrian signs a deal with Caroline Records.
Adrian wins best musical score for his soundtrack to "In The Gutter and Other Places", in Canada's "hot docs" film awards. he later wins guitar player magazine's reader poll for the "best experimental guitarist" for the 5th year in a row.
Adrian records with Trent Reznor on Nine Inch Nails' "Downward Spiral".

1995
King Crimson returns. the new line up consists of Adrian Belew, Robert Fripp, Tony Levin, Bill Bruford, Trey Gunn, and Pat Mastelotto.
King Crimson releases Vrooom, an EP of all new songs. The full album, "Thrak" soon follows.
King Crimson performs "Dinosaur" on NBC's Late Night With Conan Obrien.

1996
Adrian's official web site hits the web.
King Crimson tours Europe and North America.
Adrian releases his 9th solo album, Op Zop Too Wah on September 24th on Passenger/Caroline Records.
Adrian appears on the tribute to Badfinger with his own rendition of Paul McCartney's "Come And Get It".

1997
Adrian appears on the cover of EQ Magazine.
Adrian attends his class reunion reforming his old band from high school, The Denems.
After a decade long hiatus, The Bears begin recording in the studio.
Adrian tours Argentina. acoustically.
The Bears are inducted into the Cincinnati Musicians Hall of Fame.
Peter Frampton and Adrian record, "The Frightened City" at Adrian's studio for "Twang", a tribute album to Hank Marvin.
Adrian produces 2 hits for "Jars Of Clay". The album hits #1 on Billboard's Contemporary Christian charts. Their song, "Flood" crosses over to the modern rock charts and the album goes gold.
Adrian releases his 8th solo release, "The Experimental Guitar Series Volume 1: Guitar As Orchestra".

1998
ProjeKCt Two tours the U.S., Japan, UK, and Canada. ProjeKCt Two is Robert Fripp, Trey Gunn, and Adrian Belew.
Adrian releases his 9th solo release, Belewprints.
Adrian produces The Irresponsibles
Adrian joins Artie Traum, Tony Levin, and Fred Wilkinson to record an instrumental track called Mean Low Water for Artie's new record, Remarkable Friends.

1999
Thirsty Ear Records releases "Salad Days", a compilation of acoustic tracks.
Adrian tours the U.S. promoting "Coming Attractions". The Adrian Belew produced, "Irresponsibles" opens on the tour.
Nine Inch Nails releases "Fragile". This is Adrian's 2nd appearance on a Nine Inch Nails release.

2000
Adrian releases an mp3 of "I Have A Dream", as a free download on his website.
King Crimson releases "Construkction of Light"
King Crimson tours Europe and Japan.

2001
Adrian receives the Cammy (Cincinnati's Entertainment Award) Lifetime Achievement award. The award is presented to Adrian by Peter Frampton.
Adrian performs on Tori Amos', "Strange Little Girls".
Adrian hits the road with King Crimson to tour the U.S.
The Bears release their first album in 13 years, "Car Caught Fire".
King Crimson tours

2002
The Bears' 2002 Car Caught Fire tour begins.
Adrian releases an internet only download of a new song, "Asleep". The song was inspired by the tragedy of September 11 and was made available the week of the one year anniversary.
King Crimson releases their EP, "Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With" prior to the release of their new studio album, "The Power To Believe".
Adrian releases "Incompetence and Indifference" as a free download to web site visitors.
Lone Rhino, Twang Bar King, and Desire Caught By The Tail are all finally re-issued on CD by Universal Japan.

2003
Adrian records with Les Claypool (Primus) and Danny Carey (Tool) for Adrian's next solo record, at Les's studio in San Francisco.
King Crimson tours the US in support of "The Power To Believe".
King Crimson releases their "Eyes Wide Open" DVD.
Adrian and Kevin Max (of DC Talk) max release 'Raven Songs: 101'. The release features Adrian's music to Kevin's poetry.
Frank Zappa's "baby snakes" (1979) is released on dvd.
October 10 - Adrian records with Ben Folds, Henry Rollins, Matt Chamberlain, and John Painter in a session for the upcoming William Shatner record.

2004
Adrian's Inner Revolution is reissued by Wounded Bird Records.April
The Bears release 'The Bears Live At Club Cafe' DVD. The DVD contains: over 90 minutes of concert footage from the Bears' 2002 Car Caught Fire tour, 5.1 dolby surround sound, a tour of Adrian's home studio, how the band became "The Bears", stories behind your favorite songs, and extensive up-close and personal interviews with Rob, Bob, Chris, and Adrian.May
Adrian lends his guitar work to the Porcupine Tree recording, Deadwing.
Adrian's "Man In The Moon" makes the top 10 songs for Dads in Better Homes and Gardens' Father's Day issue. Other artists in the top 10 include: Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and John Lennon.June
Adrian performs Thela Hun Ginjeet, Tweekers, and Lone Rhinoceros with Primus at the Bonnaroo Festival.July
Adrian joins Al Kooper on stage in Nashville to perform Bob Dylan's Blonde On Blonde in its entirety. Other artists involved were Tracy Nelson, Gary Tallent, Bill Lloyd and scores of others.
Adrian Belew is honored at the Star Guitar Night during the Summer NAMM show in Nashville, TN. Other honorees include Duane Eddy and Peter Frampton. The show took place at the infamous Ryman and Adrian performed "purple haze."August
Adrian performs on the William Shatner recording "Has Been" alongside Henry Rollins, and Ben Folds.
Talking Heads' "The Name Of This Band Is." is re-released on CD.October
William Shatner releases 'Has Been.'
Adrian continues working on his art with the intentions of painting all future solo album covers.
Between The Strings - the secret lives of guitars - 100 stories about the guitar from guitarists such as Adrian Belew, Chet Atkins, Bob Weir, Les Paul, and 97 more. For more info on this book, www.johnaugustmusic.com
The September 2nd issue of Rolling Stone magazine (issue 956) reviews the re-release of Talking Heads' "The Name Of This Band is." and has a nice write up on Adrian (page 147).
Adrian produces the Jaguares - formerly known as Caifanes, in Nashville.
The Top 100 greatest progressive artists have been named and Adrian makes the list - twice or more, depending on how you read it. #1 King Crimson, #17 Talking Heads, #66Adrian Belew (solo), and countless other connections. view the list hereDecember
Adrian endorses Parker Guitars.

2005
Adrian releases Side One, his first new electric solo studio album since 1996's Op Zop Too WahAdrian is joined by Les Claypool, and Danny Carey on several tracks
Adrian produces Jaguares' rendition of John Lennon's "Gimme Some Truth" John Lennon tribute in early May. This track will appear on Amnesty International's release of John Lennon songs, headed up by Peter Gabriel
Adrian produces Jaguares for a tribute to the infamous Mexican comedian from the 40's named, Tin Tan.
Adrian tours the U.S. in promotion of Side One, Side Two, and - believe it or not - 1996's Op Zop Too Wah. The band consists of Adrian, Mike Gallaher (bass) and Mike Hodges (drums) and performances occur along the east and west coasts, Texas, the Southwest, and points in between.
Adrian releases Side Two.
Adrian performs at Fuji Rock Festival '05 in Japan with his power trio, Mike Gallaher and Mike Hodges on July 30th. Other participating acts were: Cake, Beach Boys, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Fat Boy Slim, New Order, Beck, Moby, the Pogues, California Guitar Trio,, Los Lobos and many many more.
Adrian is nominated for a Grammy in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category for the song, "Beat Box Guitar from Side One. This category includes solo, duo, group, or collaborative performances, without vocals. Includes Rock, Hard Rock and Metal. Singles or Tracks only.
Adrian's Side Three is released.
Adrian tours Australia and performs to sold out venues in one of his most successful tours to date.May
Adrian announces his new power trio: Siblings Eric and Julie Slick.July
Adrian's close friend and sound engineer, Ken Latchney dies suddenly at the very young age of 40. R.I.P., Ken 1966 - 2006.
Adrian returns to the road with his new power trio consisting of Julie Slick (bass) and Eric Slick (drums). The tour covers the East, South, Western U.S.

2007
Adrian's Elephant Blog is born and is a major success.
Adrian hits the road again with his Power Trio, consisting of Eric & Julie Slick.March
Bears record "Eureka!" is released.
Adrian opens for Umphrey's McGee and is featured as their guest guitarist from March 14- 17th.
Bears "Eureka!" mini-tour lasts from April 26 to May 4.June
Adrian takes his Power Trio on the road (Eric & Julie Slick) throughout the U.S., Canada, and Japan.
Side Four Live a live recording of the Adrian Belew Power Trio is release


2008
Adrian embarks on another Power Trio tour (with Eric & Julie Slick) throughout the West Coast and Northeast U.S., Canada, and Europe.
2009
Adrian continues his Power Trio tour throughout the U.S.
New Studio Album rumored to release in June.
Michael Clay and Adrian release an album of classical interpretations of Adrian's songs, "A Cup Of Coffee And A Slice of Time"
The Adrian Belew Power Trio releases the much anticipated studio album, e.
The Adrian Belew Power Trio tours the U.S. in support of their new release, e.2009
2012

January 29th, El Plaza Condesa México, DF
Adrian embarked on a tour with Crimson ProjeKct alongside Dream Theater.
Crimson ProjeKCt: Adrian Belew, Pat Mastelotto, Markus Reuter, Julie Slick, Tobias Ralph and Tony Levin.

2013
February 25 - Trent Reznor officially announces that Adrian has joined Nine Inch Nails and will be touring the world beginning in the fall.
March - Adrian performs with Crimson Projekct in Japan

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