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Adrian Belew Strong at B.B. King's in NYC

Adrian Belew has always had a cartoon character quality about him. The ease with which he does the seemingly impossible and the unique mannerisms that accompany each task make for one entertaining evening. His trio is extremely tight and playing heavy, progressive music. They came flying out of the gate with several pieces of newer material, including "Writing on The Wall," from the CD Side One. The high intensity of the first several tunes was amazing.

After playing the Krimson classic "Dinosaur," the band went back into newer material. It was great hear to such wonderful song writing and musicianship during this part of the show. The night was about featuring the new music and fans of Belew will not be disappointed. I had not heard the new tracks but now I will definitely pick up the new CD's. Belew’s guitar was screaming during a song about the mind’s eye. The next tune featured funky, synthesized bass lines. Combined with the incredible work of drummer Mike Hodges, this was great material for Belew to express himself over. Another song off of Side One entitled "Matchless Man" followed. After a nice version of "Elephant Talk," Belew did something I never heard before. His guitar was running through an effect that had him sounding like a sitar. After playing a unique arrangement of "Within You, Without You," he soloed off this theme.

After featuring the newer material, he went back to some classics for the latter part of the show. A solid version of "Big Electric Cat" was followed by a track off of his 1996 release Op Zop Too Wah. Two King Crimson gems, "Frame by Frame" and "Three of a Perfect Pair," rounded out the set. After a loud ovation, the band came out for some more music. Before beginning, Adrian addressed the crowd. He said he had a chance to look at the Village Voice and that there were over one hundred and fifty shows in New York that night, which proves that you (the audience) are perfectly crazy for coming here. From the CD Inner Revolution, they played "Only A Dream." This lead into an incredible jam session, which found Belew and his bass player quoting all sorts of music. The show closed with another Crimson track, "Thela Hun Ginjeet."

Saul Zonana opened the evening with a set of original material mostly from his new recording 42 Days, which was produced by Adrian Belew.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Adrian Belew
  • Concert Date: 7/20/2005
  • Venue: BB King's Blues Club and Grill
  • City State Country: New York, New York, USA
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