Date: August 13, 2014
Frame by Frame
Songs by the Adrian Belew Power Trio
Julie Slick song
Three of a Perfect Pair
Thela Hun Ginjeet
This was a one off show as part of the “Three of a Perfect Pair” music camp held at Full Moon Resort in the Catskills. Many of the “campers” were in attendence which made this show even more fun. I saw King Crimson last year which did not include Adrian Belew so it was extra special to see and hear Belew era Crimson songs performed live. The lineup was the Crimson ProjeKCt minus guitarist Markus Reuter who had visa issues in Austria.
The band sounded amazing on everything. It started with the drum duel “B’Boom” with Pat Mastelotto battling the beast that is Tobias Ralph. That guy is FAST and powerful. Adrian Belew’s voice sounded better than ever and he was so much fun as the consummate frontman. Belew had to handle all the guitar work since Reuter wasn’t there. He was more than capable. Highlights for me were the typically stomping “Dinosaur,” “Sleepless” sounding funkier than ever, and “Red” was fucking HEAVY! It was also cool to have just the Crimson members on the stage for “Three of a Perfect Pair.” That song was the ONLY break for bassist Julie Slick who was absolutely incredible and more than held her own with this seasoned vets including one of the greatest bassists of all time Tony Levin.
I can now feel like I have seen ALL of King Crimson after this show. Belew was quick to point out that this was not King Crimson since there “was no King.” An obvious shot at Robert Fripp. Still, this was a lighter and friendlier version of the band, the Americanized Crimson. I hope that both this band and Crimson can co-exist since we need all the music performed. Fans deserve to hear it!