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There are maybe 5 or so artists on my “must see at any cost” list.
Right up there at the top is Adrian Belew.

Adrain Belew is a phenomenal guitar player. He has performed with some of my favorite bands and musicians; Frank Zappa, David Bowie, The Talking Heads, King Crimson, The Tom Tom Club, Jean-Michel Jarre, Laurie Anderson and Paul Simon.

I’ve seen him play with King Crimson and with Zappa on the Sheik Yerbouti tour. The last time I saw him was with The Bears at Rockefellers many years ago.

When my band mate and friend Joe told me Adrian had formed the Adrian Belew Trio with Mike Gallaher on bass and Mike Hodges on drums I was quite excited. When we found out he was touring plans were set in motion.

At the time we checked his tour schedule his only date in Texas was at The Granada Theater in Dallas.

Granada Theater

This meant one thing…ROAD TRIP!

Tickets were purchased on line and we got second row center seats. On Sunday Morning Joe and I took off for the show.

The Granada is a great place to see a live show. It’s small, cozy and intimate. Our seats were spectacular.

There was an opening act called Bagg. A local Dallas jam band similar to Moses Guest and Drop Trio here in Houston.

Bagg

They were good. I know they must have been very excited to share that particular stage this night.

But the main attraction was what we were all here to see. It was worth the drive and the wait. Adrian Belew did not disappoint. He played some of his new and older solo work as well as a few very choice King Crimson songs including Three of a Perfect Pair and Thela Hun Ginjeet.

Adrian Belew

After the show Adrian signed autographs, talked to his fans and mugged for the cameras.

Adrian Belew and me

What a great night!

Road Trip!
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5 thoughts on “Road Trip!

  • August 30, 2005 at 5:32 pm
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    Really cool pics, you should send them to him!

  • August 30, 2005 at 7:54 pm
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    Greetings my fellow Belew fan. I’m Laine and I’m the guy that asked you, right after the show, if you would be posting your pictures anywhere . I’m leaving a comment to ask permission to use two of your pictures on my personal blog site. Of course I’d give credit accordingly. I’d like to use the shot of the theater and the one of Mr. Belew.

    I noticed your comments about Moses Guest. Are those guys still playing? I saw them here in Dallas one night and they knocked my socks off. Great band. Perhaps I should come down to Houston and see them sometime.

  • September 2, 2005 at 3:23 pm
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    Jay! great site. I actually got to meet Adrian after the Bowie gig in Houston way back in ’76. He actually came out to eat with us at Ruby Tuesday’s, and was one of the nicest guys you’d ever want to meet. Great to hear from you BTW, and I snorted at the Geico parody. See ya at faire~
    Larry

  • September 3, 2005 at 5:22 pm
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    I am jealous Jay,

    I got to know him with his work with The Bears…

    Lambo

  • November 28, 2005 at 11:00 am
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    hi Jay,
    Thanks for posting the pics, they’re great! I was at that show, w/o a camera, so it’s nice to see these. I was flabbergasted to meet Belew after the show and get a CD signed, so finding your gallery is a great bonus.

    What a great show! Belew is my absolute favorite musician. I was sitting in front of you and your friend, one of the few females there. You guys seemed to be having a lot of fun…we had great seats after all!

    Also like your blog very much, being a sort of geek, webmaster and musician myself. You’re busy, articulate and entertaining. Thanks again!

    ac

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