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Adrian Belew is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer and guitar guru. Belew has released 20 critically acclaimed solo records and was the frontman, singer, co-writer and guitarist for progressive rock powerhouse King Crimson for 30 years. He also played alongside musicians such as David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Paul Simon, Nine Inch Nails, Tom Tom Club and Talking Heads. Known for his inventive guitar sounds, Belew has begun mixing his unique sound, complex time signatures, witty lyrics, wild sound and technical mastery into his newest app creations, FLUX:FX and FLUX by belew.

Adrian Belew Timeline

1970

Adrian is discovered by Frank Zappa while playing in a cover band named Sweetheart at the infamous Fanny’s in Nashville.

Zappa got Adrian’s name from his chauffeur, invited Adrian to audition in Los Angeles and Adrian’s career takes off.

David Bowie discovers Adrian while he toured with Frank Zappa and after the tour’s conclusion, Adrian records on the Bowie classics: Stage and Lodger.

1979

Adrian later tours with Talking Heads.

While touring with Bowie, Adrian met Talking Heads and performs on “Remain In Light’ and ‘…The Name of this Band Is…”.

1980

Adrian to join the soon-to-be-reformed King Crimson.

First day touring with Talking Heads, Adrian meets Robert Fripp who asks Adrian to join the soon-to-be-reformed King Crimson.

1981

Adrian Belew joins King Crimson

Adrian records as Tom Tom Club with Talking Heads’ Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth. He also co-writes their hit “Genius of Love” which appears on the self-titled release, Tom Tom Club.

1982

Adrian releases his debut solo record

Adrian signs with Island Records and releases his debut solo record, Lone Rhino, featuring Big Electric Cat.

1983

Adrian releases his second solo LP

Adrian releases his second solo LP, Twang Bar King and earns his famous nickname.

Adrian produces The Raisins debut album and appears on Laurie Anderson’s Mister Heartbreak.

1984

Adrian wraps up his stint with King Crimson

Adrian records Zoolook with Jean-Michel Jarre.

Adrian produces The Elvis Brothers.

1985

The Raisins become The Bears with Adrian

The Raisins become The Bears with Adrian as their newest member. They tour the U.S.
playing to a sold-out crowd at The Ritz in New York.

Adrian appears in Laurie Anderson’s video “Home of the Brave.”
Adrian appears on Paul Simon’s Grammy-winning Graceland.

1986

The Bears tour Israel and sign with PMRC (division of I.R.S. Records)

Adrian releases his third solo album: Desire Caught by the Tail.

1987

The Bears release their debut CD, The Bears.

MAD Magazine’s Mort Drucker created the cover for the CD, which features “Fear is Never Boring” and “Trust.”

The Bears tour resumes throughout the U.S.

1988

The Bears release their second album.

The Bears release their second album, Rise and Shine, which features the single & video “Aches and Pains”.

The Bears begin another tour across America.

1989

Adrian releases Mr. Music Head on Atlantic Records

Adrian releases Mr. Music Head on Atlantic Records and follows the release by hosting PostModern MTV for an entire week.

Adrian performs acoustically on VH1’s 1-to-1 and Night Music with David Sanborn.

Audie Belew, Adrian’s 11-year-old daughter, makes her debut in the hit video “Oh Daddy.”

Adrian appears on Mike Oldfield’s Earth Moving album release.

Adrian lends his rendition of “We Three Kings” to Green Linnet Records.

1990

Adrian tours with David Bowie

Adrian tours as musical director and band leader with David Bowie along with Erdal Kizilcay, Rick Fox and Mike Hodges.

Adrian appeared on David Bowie’s remix “Fame 90.”

During the tour, Adrian’s fifth record Young Lions, featuring the Bowie/Belew collaboration Pretty Pink Rose was released by Atlantic Records.

1991

Desire of the Rhino King, a long-awaited compilation of selected songs from Adrian’s first three solo albums, is released

Adrian’s “Still Life with Dobro” appears on Guitar Speak III.

1992

Adrian releases his sixth solo album Inner REvolution

Adrian tours for Inner Revolution with Rob Fetters, Brian Lovely and Mike Hodges.

Adrian receives a shout out on the The Simpson’s.

Adrian hits #1 on Mexico’s charts and gold when he produced Mexico’s Caifanes El Silencio.

1993

Adrian tours the midwest acoustically

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 album God Shuffled His Feet.

1994

Adrian moves to the city of music, Nashville, TN

He releases his seventh album.

He begins touring with former The Bear members, Fetters, Nyswonger and Arduser.

Adrian signs 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.

Adrian wins Guitar Player Magazine’s reader poll for Best Experimental Guitarist for the 5th year in a row.

Adrian records Downward Spiral with Trent Reznor on Nine Inch Nails.

1995

King Crimson returns

King Crimson releases the albums Vrooom and Thrak.

King Crimson performs “Dinosaur” on NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

1996

King Crimson tours Europe and North America

Adrian releases his eighth solo album, Op Zop Too Wah, on Passenger/Caroline Records.

Adrian’s rendition of Paul McCartney’s “Come and Get It” appears on Come and Get It: A Tribute to Badfinger.

1997

Adrian appears on the cover of EQ Magazine

Adrian reforms The Denems at his high school reunion.

The Bears begin recording after a decade-long hiatus.

Adrian begins an acoustic tour in Argentina.

The Bears are inducted into the Cincinnati Musician’s Hall of Fame.

Adrian and Peter Frampton record “The Frightened City” for Twang!-A Tribute to Hank Marvin & The Shadows.

Adrian produces two hits: “Jars of Clay”, #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Christian charts and “Flood”.

1998

Two tours U.S., Japan, UK and Canada

Adrian Belew releases 10th solo release Belewprints.

Adrian produced the Irresponsibles.

Adrian produces “Mean Low Water” with Artie Traum, Tony Levin and Fred Wilkinson for Artie’s new record Remarkable Friends.

1999

Thirsty Ear Records releases Salad Days; a compilation of acoustic tracks

Adrian tours US promoting Coming Attractions; Irresponsibles opens.

Nine Inch Nails releases Fragile; Adrian’s second appearance on their release.

2000

King Crimson releases Construktion of Light touring Europe and Japan

2001

Adrian receives the Camm (Cincinnati’s Entertainment Award) Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Peter Frampton

Adrian performed on Tori Amos’ Strange Little Girls.

Adrian hits the road with King Crimson for another U.S. tour.

The Bears release their first album in 13 years, Car Caught Fire.

2002

The Bears’ Car Caught Fire tour begins

Adrian releases “Asleep”, a song inspired 9/11/01.

King Crimson releases EP Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With prior to new album The Power to Believe.

Universal Japan reissues Lone Rhino, Twang Bar King and Desire Caught by the Tail.

2003

Recording begins for Adrian’s next solo album, which includes Les Claypool (primus) and Danny Carey (Tool)

King Crimson tours the US in support of The Power to Believe.

King Crimson releases their Eyes Wide Open DVD.

Adrian releases Raven Songs: 101 featuring Kevin Max (of DC Talk).

Adrian records with Ben Folds, Henry Rollins, Matt Chamberlain and John Painter for the William Shatner record.

2004

The Bears release The Bears Live at CLub Cafe DVD

Adrian lends his guitar work to Porcupine Tree Recording, Deadwing.

Adrian’s “Man In the Moon” makes “Top 10 Songs for Dads” in Better Homes and Garden’s father’s day issue alongside Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon.

Adrian is honored at the Star Guitar Night during NAMM show in Nashville, TN.

Adrian continues working on art to produce future solo album covers.

Adrian Belew is featured in Rolling Stone magazine as part of the re-release of Talking Heads’ The Name of this Band is… article.

Adrian makes the list of Top 100 Greatest Progresssive Artists for both King Crimson and Talking Heads and as a solo artist.

Adrian endorses Parker Guitars.

2005

Adrian releases Side One and Side Two

Adrian tours to promote Side One and Side Two.

Adrian receives a letter of thanks from a Louisiana fan after Hurricane Katrina.

Adrian is nominated for a Grammy in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance for the song “Beat Box Guitar”‘ from Side One.

2006

Adrian performs with Paul Green’s School of Rock and meets the two to his Adrian Belew Power Trio: Julie and Eric Slick.

Adrian tours U.S., Australia and Italy and announces his new Power Trio.

2007

Adrian releases particles of DUST

Power Trio hits the road.

The Bears record Eureka!

Adrian opens for Umphrey’s McGee and is featured guitar guest.

2008

Power Trio embark on a tour across the West Coast, Canada and Europe

2009

Power Trio tour continues.

Adrian and Michael Clay release A Cup of Coffee and a Slice of Time.

2010

Adrian begins Painting with Guitar tour with Power Trio

2012

Adrian embarked on a tour with Crimson ProjeKCt

2013

Adrian rejoins Nine Inch Nails for Hesitation Marks.

Adrian performs with Crimson ProjeKCt in Japan.

2014

Adrian tours with Power Trio

Adrian releases his anticipated FLUX by belew: never the same twice music app.

Adrian and Mobgen release FLUX:FX an audio manipulation app.

2015

FLUX:FX wins award

FLUX by belew wins award