David Bowie, King Crimson, Frank Zappa, Talking Heads
Adrian Belew is well known for his inimitable, off-limits and unusual approach to guitar playing – primarily with progressive supergroup King Crimson and with his own Power Trio featuring Julie and Eric Slick. He sounds more like a dadaist or cubist painting with guitar sound than a traditional guitarist.
Adrian uses a lot of effects to blend unorthodox, angular melodies and bizarre animatronic recreations with strange, alien tones and unusual soundscapes. The musical results are astounding; more like abstract sonic scluptures – intuitive, modern, and intelligent he consistently pushes the envelope without descending into aimless noise or cliché.
Parker Fly Signature Guitar
Parker have issued a Belew signature Fly guitar with a sustainer pickup, Line 6 Variax guitar modelling system and MIDI-capability allowing it to be used with any synthesizer with MIDI connectivity.
The 2005 single “Beat Box Guitar” was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category. He has worked extensively as a session and touring musician, most famously with Talking Heads, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, and Nine Inch Nails.
We had a fantastic live performance of Beat Box Guitar here, but it was removed from Youtube because of a copyright claim ;-(