|Photo by Eric Schelkopf|
By ERIC SCHELKOPF
Adrian Belew is a musician of many talents.
Along with being an innovative guitarist who can create otherworldly musical landscapes, he can also write a song with strong pop hooks.
Both were on display during his show on July 15 at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.
The show presented a good overview of his career, including his time in the legendary band King Crimson, as a member of the band The Bears and his solo career.
Backed by the thunderous drumming of Johnnie Luca, Belew brought up the energy level with a searing version of the King Crimson song "Thela Hun Ginjeet."
But there were plenty of quiet moments as well. As part of the show, Belew played an unplugged set, which helped him to further connect with the audience on songs like "The Power of the Natural World," which is off his newly released album, "Elevator."
Such a format also let pop gems like "Big Blue Sun" further shine.
Belew and his band created many musical memories that night that will last a long time.