Here’s Adrian Belew with a fantastic live solo take on King Crimson’s “Three of a Perfect Pair.” Hip audience too, contributing background vocals and clapping in syncopated seven.


Adrian Belew has found himself in many fascinating scenarios throughout his illustrious career, not the least of which was opening a string of shows for Tool as a member of King Crimson. The guitarist shared this anecdote from those days on his Facebook feed:

I was walking down the street behind two young Tool fans who were just leaving the concert. I overheard them raving about the Tool show. Then one of them said ‘and that OTHER BAND, they played some tricky shit!’

Tricky shit, indeed.

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Before ever appearing live with Nine Inch Nails, Adrian Belew has exited the projected touring version of the band. His original Facebook post is updated at The Guardian:

Hey folks … I greatly respect Trent (Reznor) and the music he makes. No one is at fault. [But] we both agreed it just was not working …

Jump over to take a look at that complete article right here.

This leaves the ever adventurous guitarist free to work on his long gestating project FLUX. As he tells Something Else! in a lengthy interview:

It’s an idea that’s been in my mind for several decades, but could never be technologically done — until recently. Unlike a record or anything before it, this is never finished. I can continue to add more parts to it, even as people already have it and start listening to it.

Read much more and listen to a sampling of Belew works at Something Else!

Right here.


Marvel at Adrian Belew performing “Drive” as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival. Be sure to seek out the other clips from this series.



This Fernandes ad comes from Guitar Player, August 2001. In those days Robert Fripp and Adrian Belew were back in the saddle with King Crimson, having released The ConstruKction of Light the previous year. Fellow endorser Reeves Gabrels was into his post-Bowie solo career, Ulysses (Della Notte) being his most recent issue.

The text also cites Steve Vai, The Edge, and Steve Lukather as Fernandes Sustainer users.

From the Rooney Archive


Where do Peter Fonda and King Crimson meet on U.S. TV? In 1981 it was on Fridays, ABC’s fleeting attempt to compete for a Saturday Night Live type audience. This version of “Elephant Talk” is outstanding. Also: Click around to find “Thela Hun Ginjeet” from the same episode.

Guitar Moderne has posted a video from Adrian Belew’s 2011 appearance at the Chicago Humanities Festival. Here’s what it’s all about, according to GM:

Great stuff here including midi instrumentation, layering and combining effects such as echo lengths with pitch shifts, loop pedals, compound rhythm structures, and time signatures.

Jump on over to Guitar Moderne and check it out.

Right here.