The great guitarist Adrian Belew is 65 today — so he won’t be performing anymore. He’s had a fairly successful solo career, but most people know him from his work with other acts — most notably King Crimson. I don’t think that much of him in terms of the music he plays, but he is a master of guitar in terms of sounds. He’s kind of like The Edge: more a synth player than a guitarist. But that is to take nothing away from his wizardry. He’s an amazing guy.
I first noticed Belew because of his work on one of the greatest rock albums ever: Talking Heads’ Remain in Light. So here is “Crosseyed and Painless” from the tour he did with the band in 1980:
Happy birthday (And retirement!) Adrian Belew!