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.
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.
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.
After the show Adrian signed autographs, talked to his fans and mugged for the cameras.
What a great night!