(born December 23, 1949, in Covington, Kentucky) is a guitarist and vocalist (and sometimes drummer, pianist and bass player), perhaps best known for his work as a member of the progressive rock group King Crimson, which he joined in 1981. He was discovered by Frank Zappa
playing Rolling Stones covers in a Holiday Inn lounge band. He is known for experimenting with various guitar effect pedals and the guitar synthesizer. A trademark of his style is using the tremolo arm (whammy bar), garnering him the nickname "The Twangbar King."
Belew has contributed to three Nine Inch Nails albums: The Downward Spiral, The Fragile, and Ghosts I–IV. He has been confirmed as a touring member of Nine Inch Nails on their 2013-2014 tour.
On November 15, 2007, he reported on his blog about being invited to perform on what would become Ghosts:
"and the whole day just got better...
when I received a call from Trent Reznor
asking me to work with him on new music
in L.A. for the first week of december.
trent has always championed my playing.
he once said in Guitar Player Magazine
"adrian is the most awesome musician in the world."
I've always joked that it was a typo
and that he really said the most awful musician.
but it is seriously a mutual admiration.
in my opinion, no one makes better sounding records than trent.
I love what he does and I'm happy he feels the same.
Body Of Work
- Discipline (1981)
- Beat (1982)
- Three Of A Perfect Pair (1984)
- Vrroom!" (1994)
- Thrak (1995)
- B'Boom (1995)
- Construktion Of Light (2000)
- Lone Rhino (1983)
- Twang Bar King (1984)
- Desire Caught By The Tail (1986)
- Mr. Music Head (1989)
- Young Lions (1990)
- Desire of the Rhino King (1991)
- Inner Revolution (1992)
- Here (1994)
- The Guitar As Orchestra: Experimental Guitar Series, Vol. 1 (1995)
- Acoustic Adrian Belew (1995)
- Op Zop Too Wah (1997)
- Belew Prints: The Acoustic Adrian Belew, Vol. 2 (1998)
- Salad Days (1998)
- Coming Attractions (2000)
- Raven Songs 101 (2004)
- Side One (2005)
- Side Two (2005)
- Side Three (2006)
- David Bowie, Stage (1978)
- David Bowie, Lodger (1979)
- Frank Zappa, Sheik Yerbouti (1979)
- Talking Heads, Remain In Light (1980)
- Tom Tom Club, Tom Tom Club (1981)
- Talking Heads, The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads (1982)
- Laurie Anderson, Mister Heartbreak (1984)
- Paul Simon, Graceland ("You Can Call Me Al;" 1986)
- Nine Inch Nails, The Downward Spiral ("Mr. Self Destruct," "The Becoming;" 1994)
- Nine Inch Nails, The Fragile ("Just Like You Imagined," "The Great Below;" 1999)
- Tori Amos, Strange Little Girls (2001)
- Nine Inch Nails, Ghosts I–IV ("3 Ghosts I," "4 Ghosts I," "7 Ghosts I," "10 Ghosts II," "11 Ghosts II," "14 Ghosts II," "16 Ghosts II," "21 Ghosts III," "25 Ghosts III," "27 Ghosts III," "30 Ghosts IV," "31 Ghosts IV," "32 Ghosts IV," "35 Ghosts IV;" 2008)