BEAT: Belew/Vai/Levin/Carey play 80s King Crimson

Former King Crimson members ADRIAN BELEW and TONY LEVIN band together with guitar virtuoso STEVE VAI and explosive Tool drummer DANNY CAREY for the first time to create BEAT, a creative reinterpretation of the three iconic 80s KING CRIMSON albums – Discipline, Beat, and Three Of A Perfect Pair. They will come together this fall for an extensive tour across North America  performing repertoire from these three King Crimson iconic albums The BEAT Tour will begin in San Jose, CA on September 12 at the Civic Center with the final show planned for November 8 at Las Vegas, NV’s The Theater at Virgin Hotels. An artist pre-sale goes live today at Noon Eastern (Password: BEATTOUR), with the general on-sale set for Friday, April 5 at 10am local time here:

Guitarist Adrian Belew reflects, “The 1981 through 1984 King Crimson created a music all its own. Timeless. Beautiful. Complex. Fierce.  For the fans who lived through it then, and the ones who never got to witness it, our aim is to bring it to life again. A monumental task but we’re going for it!  There are not enough exclamation points to express my excitement!”

Guitarist Steve Vai states, “Being a part of this ensemble is an extraordinary privilege and opportunity to perform some of the most beloved, timeless, and monumental music of the 80’s (and beyond) with truly inspired musicians. This music resonates deeply with me. Adrian, Tony and Danny are unique musicians with an otherworldly insight into presenting rich musical complexities in a very accessible way, and I am looking forward to searching each other’s musical minds in real time on stage. I’m sure sparks will fly.” He continues, “Father Robert Fripp is one of our historical geniuses. His highly specific and exceptionally brilliant guitar technique is studied and revered. His contribution to the quality of my musical life, and so many others is supreme. I can assure the fans of KC that I will be putting my best foot forward to respect this great music with the care and intensity it deserves. Did I say ‘sparks will fly?’”

Bassist Tony Levin offers, “This is going to be quite a tour. Revisiting some of my favorite music is a treat in itself, but in company of this stellar lineup, I expect to have my musical butt kicked! And it’s also great that we’re not just playing a few shows, we’re hitting it hard. So, Road Dogs are coming to your area soon.”

Drummer Danny Carey shares, “I am very excited to share the stage with three of my favorite musicians on the planet. Tony, Steve and Adrian have always been a source of inspiration for me since the beginning of my career, and now to be able to share a bit of my musical journey with them is a dream come true. There’s nothing better to make some sparks fly and light a fire under your ass than getting out of your musical comfort zone, and I can’t think of any other three guys I’d rather do this with.  I think I can speak for all of us when I say I hope all of our fans are as excited as we are about this tour.”         

The vision for this undertaking emanated from initial dialogue between Angelo Bundini aka Scrote and Adrian Belew. Tour Producer Bundini recalls, “When Adrian called me to help bring his idea to fruition, I immediately thought it best to focus on the 80s albums: Discipline, Beat, and Three Of A Perfect Pair. These three records famously marked Adrian and Tony’s entry into King Crimson. Their fluid, melodic virtuosity, and Fripp’s and Bruford’s dramatic precision created a totally unique, dynamic push and pull that would influence nearly every rock musician and/or band going forward for years, if not decades, to come.” 

Three different special experience packages are available for this event. These packages can only be purchased online.

The front row package includes one front row ticket, early entry into the venue, an exclusive pre-show meet-and-greet with Adrian Belew, Steve Vai, Tony Levin and Danny Carey, a personal photograph with Adrian Belew, Steve Vai, Tony Levin and Danny Carey, an autographed limited edition BEAT tour poster, a BEAT challenge coin, a BEAT tote bag, one exclusive BEAT tour merchandise item, and an official meet-and-greet laminate with lanyard. There’s extremely limited availability with pricing set at $449.

The meet-and-greet package includes one premium ticket in the first five rows, early entry, access to the pre-show meet-and-greet, one personal photograph captured, a limited edition autographed poster, a BEAT challenge coin, a tote bag, one exclusive BEAT tour merchandise item, and an official lanyard with laminate. There’s limited availability with pricing set at $329.

For the VIP tour package, buyers will receive one premium reserved seat in the first 15 rows, a limited edition autographed BEAT tour poster, a BEAT challenge coin, one piece of exclusive tour merchandise, and a commemorative laminate and lanyard. Availability is limited and each package ranges from $199 to $229.

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