Sunday, July 19, 2009

Adrian Belew Power Trio in concert July 18, 2009

Oh man, you have to see this. Thank you so much, Faith Cohen, who also sent me amazing photos I will post tomorrow along with a link to her website...

(ETA: I did not realize this until a few minutes ago (2:20 p.m. on Monday) but the clip I have below is incomplete. I am trying to fix it but in the meantime if you want to see the whole thing, you can friend me on Facebook or better yet, friend the Adrian Belew Power Trio on Facebook because the whole clip -- all 18 minutes of it -- is there courtesy of the lovely Faith Cohen.)

ETA 2: Yay! Faith send me the right code - it is now fully operational! Therefore...

Ladies and Gentlemen, from the about to be released CD performed last night at Radio, Radio in Indianapolis, Indiana...and make sure you click it to large screen for the full experience!

ETA3 - Ha ha, apparently I'm a superstar, too. Here I am reading my piece for The Nervous Breakdown in New York City last week!

ETA4: Just found a review of the Indiana show from Bass Geek:

"Bass Highlights From The Weekend

Aside from a little more practice time than I’m used to this weekend, the bass highlights come courtesy of a couple of live shows. The first was one I wish I could have made live – The Low Show at the Rutledge in Nashville, TN as part of the summer NAMM show. Bryan Beller, Doug Johns, and many more. Luckily, there’s a UStream feed that caught some of the performance for posterity – check it out here. Superb playing all around.

The other show was just down the street – Adrian Belew at Radio Radio. Most of my familiarity with Belew’s work comes from his time in King Crimson and the odd solo album I’d run across in the student radio station. This show found him accompanied by a powerhouse rhythm section with Julie Slick on and her brother Eric on drums. Brother Slick was a wonder, but it was Sister slick and her raw, muscular tone that stole the night for me. Effortless riffing and raw power – what a fantastic show. No live tape for this one, but see the show if it comes near you."

Oh, and I had to add this from Derek, who just posted this great journal entry after seeing that I linked him in a couple Project Object posts...we have a history now...anyway...this is a really cool story so here you go:

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Ok, I mentioned this in passing the day after it happened, then never got around to elaborating on it. I noticed that Robin Slick, mother of Project/Object and Adrian Belew drummer magnifique Eric Slick, akshuly quoted that post and linked to this here journal in her blog and I figured I should get around to telling the tale.

Let's go back to the 7th time I saw Project/Object, on 10/17/07. The last song of the show was "Peaches en Regalia". Now I will quote myself.

Peaches en Regalia ended the show as pseudo-encore (they never left the stage, but the Village suite was intended to be the proper end of the second set, as it almost always is). The ending of the song was performed in the faux-Devo manner, as heard on "Peaches III" from Tinseltown Rebellion. In fact, I noticed (and was kind of amazed by the fact that) Eric Slick was playing the weird drum line from Devo's version of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" behind the music in this section. Makes me want to listen to the Tinseltown version and see if Vinnie was playing it like that back in the day.

About 15 months later, I saw them for the 8th time. This time the first song of the show (after an opening guitar solo, which I think was over the E-Flat vamp) was "Peaches en Regalia". And here I must quote myself again.

Peaches en Regalia was most like "Peaches III" from Tinseltown Rebellion. As before, I noticed Eric Slick playing the drum part from Devo's version of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" during the weird fake-Devo-esque part that differentiates and identifies this as the "III" arrangement. I wanted to ask him, as before, if the "Satisfaction" thing was his idea or what and if people ever picked up on it, but I didn't get a chance to talk to him. It might be that Vinnie Colaiuta played that little bit on the Tinseltown version, but if that's the case, it's not at all obvious to me, as I've listened to that album hundreds of times and just can't pick out whether he's playing the little "Satisfaction" bit or not.

Ok. The first time this happened, I laughed. Out loud. Because, you know, what an awesome thing to do, right? The drum part from "Satisfaction" during the "fake Devo" part of "Peaches". Brilliant. I didn't think it was important enough to mention to Eric, but as you can see, I was curious how it came about. Now, when it happened a second time? Yeah. I was dying to ask him. He was talking to / surrounded by several people at the bar, however, and I didn't want to intrude to ask him about something so goofy.

Of course, I saw P/O again two weeks ago. And this time there was no damn way I wasn't going to mention this to Eric Slick. After the end of the show and after talking to Andre Cholmondeley for a minute or two, I walked back to the bar and saw Eric there talking to someone. I didn't want to intrude or interrupt, I just waited for an opprotune moment.

I sort of tapped him on the shoulder and, without bothering to introduce myself, I guess, said "Eric, Hi. I have a Music Nerd Question for you. Now, the last two times I saw you, you played Peaches, and..."

I got no farther into my question than that before Eric interjected "Yeah, and I played Satisfaction. You're Derek."

I was pretty much at a loss. I can't recall what, if anything in particular, I said, but the sentiment of it was "Wow, how did you know that?" Needless to say, he had seen my journal entries (whether seeing them himself or just having had them passed along to him from his mom, who has commented on said entries before, I'm not sure, but I guess it doesn't matter.) and correctly assumed that a question about "Peaches" was going to involve "Satisfaction" and somehow I was the only possible person to be posing this question at this moment. Kind of weird, but really cool!

To answer my long-burning question, the "Satisfaction" drum part was his idea (he described himself as "a huge Devo nerd") and just something that came up in rehearsals when maybe Andre asked if he was familiar with the "Peaches III" arrangement. To put the cap on this discussion, Eric told me "Nobody's ever noticed that. Nobody's mentioned it." I'm sure someone, somewhere, at any one of numerous shows at which P/O has played "Peaches" in the last couple years MIGHT have noticed Slick playing "Satisfaction", but no one else has ever mentioned it to him and, I guess, nobody else bothered to mention it on the internet somewhere at least twice where he or his would happen to read it. :cP

And now you know.. the REST of the story.

Just for the record, Derek, you're a really good writer. You ought to do some reviews for websites like Jam Base. Just sayin...

Anyway, see you guys tomorrow with more news I'm sure...