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Although Adrian Belew} has played with some of rock}'s biggest names over the years (Frank Zappa}, David Bowie}, the Talking Heads}, King Crimson}, etc.), he remains one of the most underrated and woefully overlooked guitarists of recent times. Like all great guitarists, Belew} has his own recognizable style/sound (one that admittedly tends to be quirky and off-the-wall at times), and is an incredibly versatile player, as he's always found a way to make his signature style fit into a wide variety of musical genres: hard rock}, funk}, new wave}, experimental}, Beatlesque} pop}, and more. Born Robert Steven Belew} on December 23, 1949, in Covington, KY, Belew}'s first instrument of interest was the drums, as he soon kept the backbeat in his high school's marching band. But not long after his discovery of the Beatles}, Belew} picked up the guitar, teaching himself how to play and to write original songs.

Spending the remainder of the '60s and early '70s honing his skills, Belew} opted to change his first name to Adrian} in 1975 (for the simple reason that it was a name he'd always admired), as he joined a Nashville, TN-based cover band, Sweetheart}, the same year. The group performed in '40s-era suits and became a popular local attraction -- resulting in Frank Zappa} checking out a show in 1977. With an opening for a guitarist in his touring band, Zappa} invited Belew} on the spot to come and audition for his band, which Belew} eventually landed. It was during Zappa}'s lengthy 1978 U.S. tour (documented in the concert movie Baby Snakes}) that David Bowie} came to see a performance, which resulted in Belew} being invited to join Bowie}'s touring band when the Zappa} tour wrapped up. Once more, Belew} accepted, touring the world alongside Bowie} and appearing on his 1978 live recording, Stage}, and 1979 studio effort, Lodger}.

Once more, just as Belew}'s latest gig was about to wind down, he received an offer he couldn't refuse from another artist. Through guitarist Robert Fripp}, Belew} met renowned producer Brian Eno}, who in turn introduced the guitarist to the Talking Heads}, who were in the middle of recording their classic 1980 release Remain in Light}. Belew} was invited to lay down guitar for the songs, which led to his participation on the album's supporting tour (which a portion of the live compilation The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads} showcased). Belew} also contributed to the Talking Heads}' offshoot project, the Tom Tom Club}, appearing on their self-titled 1981 debut album, as well as their hit single "Genius of Love"} (although he wasn't given a songwriting credit originally, it became known years later that Belew} helped co-pen the tune with the others). It was during The Tom Tom Club} recording sessions (in the Bahamas) that Belew} also began work on his first solo album, issued in 1982 as Lone Rhino}.

Predictably, it wasn't long before Belew} was offered his next gig, this time with a newly reconstructed King Crimson}. Belew}, who handled lead vocal duties in addition to guitar, was joined by Crimson} vets Robert Fripp} (guitar) and Bill Bruford} (drums), in addition to session ace Tony Levin} (bass). With the group eschewing their previous prog rock} leanings in favor of a more "modern" sound (akin to the Talking Heads}), the '80s version of Crimson} issued three outstanding albums: 1981's Discipline}, 1982's Beat}, and 1984's Three of a Perfect Pair} (during which time Belew} found the time to issue a second solo release, 1983's Twang Bar King}). With Crimson} on hiatus once more by the mid-'80s, Belew} focused on further solo work (1986's Desire Caught by the Tail}, 1989's Mr. Music Head}), session work (most notably, Paul Simon}'s mega-hit Graceland}), and also served as a member/producer of a new group, the Bears} (1987's The Bears} and 1988's Rise and Shine}).

The '90s continued to see Belew} keep a busy schedule, as he hooked up once more with his old pal David Bowie}, who named the guitarist musical director for his massive 1990 Sound and Vision} tour. Also during the decade, Belew} issued several more solo releases (including 1990's Young Lions}, 1992's Inner Revolution}, 1994's Here}, and 1996's Op Zop Too Wah}, the latter two of which Belew} played all the instruments), in addition to guesting on other artist's recordings (Nine Inch Nails}' The Downward Spiral} and The Fragile}), and producing others (Jars of Clay}). After a near-ten-year hiatus, King Crimson} reunited, resulting in the 1995 album THRAK} and supporting tour. Belew} has shown little signs of slowing down in the 21st century, as he continued to tour and record with Crimson} (2000's ConstruKction of Light}, 2003's The Power to Believe}), issued a third recording with the Bears} (2001's Car Caught Fire}), and is hard at work on compiling an extensive box set of rarities from throughout his career, to be titled Dust}. 2004 saw rehearsals with the newest King Crimson} lineup, additional recordings by the Bears} and the completion of 3 (!) solo albums to be released in 2005. The first and third of these (Side One} and Side Three}) have Primus} bassist Les Claypool} and Tool} drummer Danny Carey} lending a hand while Side Two} is more of a completely solo affair, with just a couple guest spots. ~ Greg Prato, All Music Guide

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