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@johnmayer hope you enjoyed the show last night. thanks for coming. :-)
– about 13 hours ago.


@archisland nope, you're right. I'm still a Mike Lull guy but I'm digging the Alex. Metal and nerdy cool.
– about 14 hours ago.


Artifacts of the just-completed @acratsband "Tres Caballeros" tour. THANKYOU to everyone. Europe: You're next. http://t.co/As3tR2qEE3
– about 15 hours ago.


Very kind, thank u! MT @crashandridemsc: Review of @acratsband's album #TresCaballeros: http://t.co/2cnBdn8i5Z #prog http://t.co/zidTi2kIum
– 7 days ago.


@ProgScape Thanks - sorry I missed you. Crazy venue! Thanks for all you do...
– 22 days ago.


True! RT @acratsband: Attention NewYorkers! Our friends at TC Electronics have given us a delay pedal (Alter Ego V2… https://t.co/Ne3PeztqyH
– 27 days ago.


@LeGiff had a blast - thanks for the hang and I hope you enjoyed your burrito!
– 30 days ago.


@Pip55 "See You Next Tuesday" was me. ;-) It's actually on my solo album "View" as well, with @MikeKeneally on baritone guitar.
– 31 days ago.


AUSTIN! Our show on Aug21 has moved to Threadgill's! New ticket link: http://t.co/7dZ7RNoVTU - Info 4 ticket holders: http://t.co/q9QuHzodXm
– 32 days ago.


Killer photo shoot of the @acratsband Cleveland show at @BeachlandTavern! http://t.co/LS9dik9bqm Next up: Columbus, Detroit, Canada.
– 32 days ago.


The new Joe Satriani (@chickenfootjoe) album "Shockwave Supernova" dropped on Friday. Proud to be on it. My thoughts: http://t.co/UTaB4BmCUJ
– 35 days ago.


AUSTIN: The @acratsband gig at The Roost on 8/21 has moved to Threadgill's. Lots of details about tickets right here: http://t.co/D3jVxrZGoJ
– 35 days ago.


Hello INDY! RT @birdyslive: TONIGHT! @acratsband along with @TLarsonBand @birdyslive ! Doors at 8pm... http://t.co/6Fh61MXimQ
– 38 days ago.


Love back! MT @dr_dot: The Aristocrats play tonight in Chicago+Dotbot Jackie just healed them w/Deep Tissue Massage. Love them! @bryanbeller
– 38 days ago.


INDY! MT @birdyslive: Bring forth the virtuosity! @acratsband descends on @birdyslive Sat. at 8pm... tix going quick! http://t.co/b8Z3WgrKWu
– 39 days ago.


Friends in Japan! RT @a2iu: New CD of THE ARISTOCRATS sell in large shelf of Japan stores. I also bought :D http://t.co/Z3TtVvNZoh
– 41 days ago.


Latest BellerBytes: @acratsband (The Aristocrats) Chicago Date Sold Out - But Milwaukee Tickets Still Available! http://t.co/Mp7euqZjru
– 42 days ago.


@Jamie_Windham oh, thanks for that so much! ;-)
– 42 days ago.


DENVER! The @acratsband show tonight at @quixotetrueblue schedule is: 8pm doors, 9pm @TLarsonBand, 10pm Aristocrats! Sorry for confusion!
– 45 days ago.


@lauriedanielle thanks again for letting me know about it. my family was stunned.
– 49 days ago.


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Joe Satriani’s “Shockwave Supernova” Out Now

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The new Joe Satriani album “Shockwave Supernova” came out on Friday, and I really recommend picking it up. And not just because I’m playing bass on it! I think there are some really cool compositions, melodies and arrangements worth exploring, and having had six months since I tracked the record, I’m re-exploring those musical ideas right now.

Here’s some of my favorite moments of the record:

* The chorus melody/changes in “Shockwave Supernova”, especially the way the chorus form finishes

* The chorus melody/changes (very emo and aspirational, to my ears) in “Lost In A Memory”

* The hypnotic drone of the verse, and the climax of the guitar solo in “On Peregrine Wings” (when does an extended sus4 to V-dom7 *not work? :-) ) – and the overall tone and vibe of this song screamed “this is the single” to me right after I heard the rough mix. Plus: Marco, for god’s sake.

* The bass sound and groove of “Cataclysmic”

* The entire bridge of “San Francisco Blue”. That’s a legit guitar sound right there.

* The chorus of “All Of My Life” – that’s a great melody, and I’m a sucker for “desert highway” stuff anyway

“Stars Race Across The Sky” – ALL of it

* “Goodbye Supernova” – again, all of it (this is a personally deep song for me, as it is for Joe, but in a different way), but especially the beginning of Verse 2 where Joe let me drop the low Bb distorted bomb groove for a while. That’s heavy.

If you’re into Joe, and even if you’re not, check it out and see what you think. I’m very proud to be on it.

–BB

Aristocrats Chicago Date Sold Out – But Milwaukee Tickets Still Available!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Hey everyone –  The Aristocrats‘ “Tres Caballeros” tour is now in full swing, and the crowds have been great so far! Right now we’ve got some important news on a couple of shows coming up:

1) The Chicago show at Reggie’s on Friday July 24 is SOLD OUT. We know there’s been a bit of back and forth on this one, but that’s now official. So…

2) If you’re in the Chicago area and didn’t get a ticket, we’re playing the night before – Thursday July 23, two days from now – at The Miramar Theatre in Milwaukee! It’s not that long of a drive for hardy midwestern folk, and there’s plenty of seats left. Click here to get tickets!

3) Other near sellouts include: Montreal (Cafe Campus) and Washington DC/Vienna VA (Jammin Java). We think there’s under 15 tickets left for each of those shows, so if you’re on the fence, now’s the time. Check out the Shows page for all ticket links.

4) People of Austin, TX: You may have heard that our venue The Roost has closed. This is true but perhaps only temporarily. There WILL be a show no matter what, either at the re-opened Roost or at Threadgill’s if The Roost doesn’t re-open. We’re on the case and all pre-purchased tickets will be honored if the venue changes. Just watch our website and Facebook page for the latest updates on that one.

Thanks to all the fans who’ve already come out to witness the “Tres Caballeros” in action. Here’s a shot from our packed show in Vancouver. Check out the video screens. ;-) (photo by Jennifer Young)

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Hope to see you out there soon, friends in North America and beyond!

Cheers to all,
The Aristocrats (actually BB, your humble Aristocratic narrator)

New Aristocrats Tour Dates: Milwaukee, Kansas City – “Tres Caballeros” Tour Starts This Week!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

(BB here – shamelessly crossposting an Aristocrats update as I leave for the tour tomorrow!)

This is it – The Aristocrats’ Tres Caballeros North American Tour starts on Monday in Northern California! We have two important late changes to the itinerary we wanted to tell our North American friends about:

1) MILWAUKEE! On Thursday July 23 we will be playing the The Miramar Theater in Milwaukee, WI. If you’re up there, please help us spread the word on this late addition to the tour!

2) KANSAS CITY! On Monday, August 17, the venue has changed. It’s now VooDoo (in Harrah’s Casino) Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club. All tickets purchased in advance for The Scene (previous venue preselling tickets) will be honored.

This is all brand new information. If you don’t see it on the venue websites yet, don’t fret – it’ll be there soon. The most current information is always available on our Tours page.

Here’s the new full itinerary for the tour:

THE ARISTOCRATS
“Tres Caballeros”
North America Tour Summer 2015
with special guests The Travis Larson Band

Mon 6-Jul Sacramento, CA Harlow’s
Tues 7-Jul San Francisco, CA Slim’s
Wed 8-Jul Santa Cruz, CA Don Quixote’s
Fri 10-Jul Portland, OR Star Theater
Sat 11-Jul Seattle, WA Studio Seven
Sun 12-Jul Vancouver, BC, CANADA Rickshaw Theatre
Tues 14-Jul Boise, ID Reef
Wed 15-Jul Salt Lake City, UT Club X
Fri 17-Jul Denver, CO Quixote’s True Blue
Sun 19-Jul Omaha, NE Slowdown
Mon 20-Jul Des Moines, IA The Gaslamp
Tues 21-Jul St. Paul, MN The Amsterdam Bar And Hall
**Thurs 23-Jul Milwaukee, WI The Miramar Theatre**
Fri 24-Jul Chicago, IL Reggie’s
Sat 25-Jul Indianapolis, IN Birdy’s
Sun 26-Jul Cincinnati, OH The Mad Frog
Tues 28-Jul Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
Wed 29-Jul Pittsburgh, PA Hard Rock Café
Thur 30-Jul Columbus, OH Skully’s
Fri 31-Jul Detroit, MI Token Lounge
Sat 1-Aug Toronto, ON, CANADA Mod Club
Sun 2-Aug Ottawa, ON, CANADA The Rainbow Bistro
Tues 4-Aug Montreal, QC, CANADA Cafe Campus
Wed 5-Aug Woodstock, NY Bearsville Theater
Fri 7-Aug Boston, MA The Middle East
Sat 8-Aug New York City, NY Irving Plaza
Sun 9-Aug Philadelphia, PA North Star Bar
Mon 10-Aug Washington, DC Jammin‘ Java
Tues 11-Aug Raleigh, NC Pour House
Thur 13-Aug Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
Fri 14-Aug Atlanta, GA Aisle 5
Sat 15-Aug Nashville, TN The High Watt
Sun 16-Aug St. Louis, MO Old Rock House
**Mon 17-Aug Kansas City, MO Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club**
Tues 18-Aug Tulsa, OK The Vanguard
Thur 20-Aug Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s
Fri 21-Aug Austin, TX The Roost
Sat 22-Aug Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX The Sanctuary
Mon 24-Aug Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
Wed 26-Aug Phoenix, AZ Club Red
Thur 27-Aug Mexicali, MX Teatro De Estado
Fri 28-Aug San Diego, CA Price Center Ballroom East, UCSD
Sat 29-Aug Riverside, CA Romano’s Concert Lounge
Sun 30-Aug Los Angeles, CA King King

Meanwhile reviews for Tres Caballeros keep rolling in. Here’s a snippet from a particularly effusive writeup from UltimateGuitar.com:

“Surely one of the best albums of the year, Tres Caballeros represents a tour de force of musicianship, poignant storytelling, and artistic control.”

We’ve been blown away by the response to our very ambitious new album. Thanks so much to all who ordered. What, you didn’t order yet? Click here to join the “better late than never” crowd. :-)

Lots of album previews are still available at our YouTube page.

Finally, we had an absolute blast at the G4 Experience camp last week, along with Joe Satriani, Animals As Leaders, Mike Keneally and a cast of thousands (ok, hundreds). Some highlights from the last night:

* Mike Keneally and Guthrie Govan playing dual leads Frank Zappa’s ”Zomby Woof”
* Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes from Animals As Leaders jamming Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” (on their 8-string guitars!) with Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller and Joe Travers (drums)
* Joe Satriani and Mike Keneally playing Keneally’s tune “Rosemary Girl”

In addition to the guitar clinic information overload, bassists saw Bryan Beller and Stu Hamm lead clinics and do a live tribute to the late Chris Squire of Yes…and drummers (and plenty of guitarists!) saw Marco Minnemann and Matt Garska (of AAL) work up a righteous sweat in a dual-drummer chopsfest.

Here’s a shot of all of the instructors hamming it up for the camera. From left to right: Andy Aledort, Bryan Beller, Mike Keneally, Bruce Bouillet, Tosin Abasi, Javier Reyes, Joe Satriani, Matt Garska, Stu Hamm, Guthrie Govan, Marco Minnemann. (photo by Doug Doppler)

Thanks to all who attended and everyone who made it such a successful event.

That’s it. Time to hit the road! Hope to see you out there…

Best wishes to all,
BB

The Aristocrats’ “Tres Caballeros” Is Out NOW!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Dear kind readers of this here website:

The day has finally arrived: The Aristocrats’ third studio album, Tres Caballeros, has been released into the wild – and thus concludes my epic and endless promo-whoring of this here album, of which I’m genuinely very proud:

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It’s now available for immediate digital download and international order shipping through our webstore. And yes, it’s also available on iTunes, Amazon, various e-tailers, and select physical stores worldwide.

For those who pre-ordered through our band’s webstore, digital downloads (accessible through a link in your order receipt e-mail) will now be activated, and shipments are all either on the way or have already arrived. International shipments take a bit longer sometimes, but the digital download should keep our global fans busy for a while. :-)

Late to the party? Try going here and watching the top three videos on the page for some tasty previews of Tres Caballeros.

Reviews are starting to come in. Here’s an excerpt from a very kind one:

“Tres Caballeros is extraordinary. In fact, almost every single note is extraordinary. Individually these guys are astonishing…together, this is the stuff of dreams.”
The Progressive Aspect

We’re blushing. :-)

In all seriousness, THANK YOU for your support and interest in us as we made this record. I know Marco and Guthrie are grateful for the support of everyone on this list – but not as much as I am. Even though this is a band record, it’s still extremely personal to me, and I can’t thank you enough for following along as this journey made its way from demos to live residency to studio sessions and then, finally, to this very day.

And now, it’s time to take the show on the road. Below you’ll see The Aristocrats’ North America and Europe tour dates (more dates will be announced for Europe soon). I know I speak for Marco and Guthrie when I say that we can’t wait to play this music for you. See you out there!

Cheers to all,
BB

THE ARISTOCRATS
TRES CABALLEROS
NORTH AMERICA TOUR SUMMER 2015
(click here for links and available details on all dates)

Mon 6-Jul Sacramento, CA Harlow’s
Tues 7-Jul San Francisco, CA Slim’s
Wed 8-Jul Santa Cruz, CA Don Quixote’s
Fri 10-Jul Portland, OR Star Theater
Sat 11-Jul Seattle, WA Studio Seven
Sun 12-Jul Vancouver, BC, CANADA Rickshaw Theatre
Tues 14-Jul Boise, ID Reef
Wed 15-Jul Salt Lake City, UT Club X
Fri 17-Jul Denver, CO Quixote’s True Blue
Sun 19-Jul Omaha, NE Slowdown
Mon 20-Jul Des Moines, IA The Gaslamp
Tues 21-Jul St. Paul, MN The Amsterdam Bar And Hall
Fri 24-Jul Chicago, IL Reggie’s
Sat 25-Jul Indianapolis, IN Birdy’s
Sun 26-Jul Cincinnati, OH The Mad Frog
Tues 28-Jul Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
Wed 29-Jul Pittsburgh, PA Hard Rock Café
Thur 30-Jul Columbus, OH Skully’s
Fri 31-Jul Detroit, MI Token Lounge
Sat 1-Aug Toronto, ON, CANADA Mod Club
Sun 2-Aug Ottawa, ON, CANADA The Rainbow Bistro
Tues 4-Aug Montreal, QC, CANADA Cafe Campus
Wed 5-Aug Woodstock, NY Bearsville Theater
Fri 7-Aug Boston, MA The Middle East
Sat 8-Aug New York City, NY Irving Plaza
Sun 9-Aug Philadelphia, PA North Star Bar
Mon 10-Aug Washington, DC Jammin‘ Java
Tues 11-Aug Raleigh, NC Pour House
Thur 13-Aug Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
Fri 14-Aug Atlanta, GA Aisle 5
Sat 15-Aug Nashville, TN The High Watt
Sun 16-Aug St. Louis, MO Old Rock House
Mon 17-Aug Kansas City, MO The Scene
Tues 18-Aug Tulsa, OK The Vanguard
Thur 20-Aug Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s
Fri 21-Aug Austin, TX The Roost
Sat 22-Aug Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX The Sanctuary
Mon 24-Aug Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
Wed 26-Aug Phoenix, AZ Club Red
Thur 27-Aug Mexicali, MX Teatro De Estado
Fri 28-Aug San Diego, CA Price Center Ballroom East, UCSD
Sat 29-Aug Riverside, CA Romano’s Concert Lounge
Sun 30-Aug Los Angeles, CA King King

THE ARISTOCRATS
TRES CABALLEROS
EUROPE TOUR WINTER 2015/2016
(many more dates to be announced for early 2016!)
(click here for links and available details on all dates)

November 16th: Cologne (Germany) – Kantine
November 17th: Dortmund (Germany) – Piano
November 18th: Frankfurt (Germany) – Zoom
November 20th: Nurnberg (Germany) – Luise Cultfactory
November 21st: Stuttgart (Germany) – Venue TBA
November 22nd: Reichenbach (Germany) – Bergkeller
November 24th: Munich (Germany) – Strom
November 25th: Bratislava (Slovakia) – Majestic Musik Club
November 26th: Nove Mesto (Slovakia) – Blue Note
November 27th: Bochnia (Poland) – Oratorium Sw. Kingi
November 28th: Warszaw (Poland) – Venue TBA
November 30th: Berlin (Germany) – Kesselhaus
December 2nd: Hamburg (Germany) – Fabrik
December 4th: Larvik (Norway) – Bolgen
December 6th: Istanbul (Turkey) – Venue TBA
December 7th: Bucharest (Romania) – Silver Church
December 9th: Zoetermeer (Netherlands) – De Boerderij
December 10th: Verviers (Belgium) – Spirit of 66
December 13th: Edinburgh (Scotland) – Liquid Room
December 15th: Manchester (England) – Club Academy
December 16th: Birmingham (England) – Temple
December 17th: Bristol (England) – Bierkeller
December 18th: London (England) – Heaven
December 19th: Brighton (England) – The Haunt
December 20th: Paris (France) – La Maroquinerie
January 20th 2016: Sevilla (Spain) – Custom
January 21st 2016: Murcia (Spain) – Garaje
January 22nd 2016: Madrid (Spain) – Caracol
January 23rd 2016: Valencia (Spain) – Rockcity
January 24th 2016: Barcelona (Spain) – venue tba
January 26th 2016: Nice (France) – venue tba

“The Kentucky Meat Shower” – Full Aristocrats Song Preview

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Me again, reporting from Aristocrats World, and we’ve got something special for you: The entire song “The Kentucky Meat Shower” – the first full-song preview from our third studio album Tres Caballeros, available now for pre-order and due to drop on June 23.

Just CLICK HERE to check out “The Kentucky Meat Shower”!

Every song on Tres Caballeros has a different flavor. This one is Kentucky fried.

For the record, Guthrie wrote this one. Wondering what it’s about? Wikipedia might just be your friend. ;-)

We’ll have one more very special preview next week. For now, if you dig it, spread the word and tell ‘em what you heard.

Also: don’t forget to check out our North American and European tour dates, now scattered throughout the remainder of 2015!

* * * * * * * *

But for now, it’s time for two last dates with Mike Keneally and BFD!

June 10: Biscuits & Blues, San Francisco
June 19: The Baked Potato, Los Angeles

This won’t happen again for a while, so if you’re a left coaster, you know what to do.

Celebrating my shortest e-mail ever (as I’m sure you are as well),
BB

On the Road Again: June ‘15-Feb. ‘16 Schedule

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Hello all-

After a relatively travel-free first half of 2015, it’s time to saddle up and get moving again. There’s so much going on that I’m going to get all bullet-pointy on you. (Yes, you! Stand still, laddy!)

Here’s the details, starting with my good friend Mike Keneally up and down California this very week!

* June 6-10: Mike Keneally & BFD in California (plus June 19)
* June 12: Benefit For Cliff in L.A. (Satriani, Vai, Animals As Leaders)
* June 16: BB bass clinic at Bass San Diego
* June 28-July 2: The G4 Experience Camp in Canbria, CA (Satriani, Animals As Leaders, The Aristocrats, Mike Keneally)
* July 5-August 30: The Aristocrats “Tres Caballeros” North America Tour
* September 15-November 10: Joe Satriani “Shockwave” Europe Tour
November 16-December 21: The Aristocrats “Tres Caballeros” Europe Tour (part 1, just announced today)
* January 17-February 18, 2016: The Aristocrats “Tres Caballeros” Europe Tour (part 2, not yet announced but details coming soon)

And there will be more Satriani and Aristocrats dates through 2016. Yep, it’s like that again. I’m very, very grateful to be so busy, and I hereby thank everyone out there who supports this wacky music we play and makes this all possible.

Check the calendar page for additional details and links and all that good stuff.

Oh, and about that new Aristocrats album – it’s still available for pre-order and drops on June 23. :-)

Click here to see the trailer for the bonus DVD “behind the scenes” footage.
Click here to hear a montage with clips from the entire album.
And click here to pre-order!

Hope to see you out there sometime in the next…18 months?! :-)

Best wishes to all,
BB

New Aristocrats’ “Tres Caballeros” Preview – And BB Clinics This Week

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

First off, it’s BB clinic week for the first time in two years! I’ll be at the following places on the following dates doing solo bass clinics:

Wed May 27 – Professional Music Center – Des Moines, IA
Thurs May 28 – Chicago Music Exchange – Chicago, IL
Sat May 30 – Bass Break Live – Washington, DC

Check out the calendar page
for links to each event. It will be a long while before I can do this again, so if you’re close, please come out!

And now for some more Aristocratic hype: We’re now less than a month away from the June 23 release of The Aristocrats’ third studio album Tres Caballeros, which means it’s time to roll out some more previews!

So click here for a new preview montage of the entire album, hosted by our friends at Guitar World Magazine.

Massive thanks to those who have pre-ordered already! Wise move – you’ll get a free digital download of the album (with a link that becomes active at midnight June 23 local time) with any CD order (both standard CD-only edition, or deluxe edition with bonus DVD containing tons of extras). In case you haven’t, click here to join the party.

Remember, here’s the track listing for the album. Can you match up the montage bits with the song titles? :-)

  1. Stupid 7
  2. Jack’s Back
  3. Texas Crazypants
  4. ZZ Top
  5. Pig’s Day Off
  6. Smuggler’s Corridor
  7. Pressure Relief
  8. The Kentucky Meat Shower
  9. Through The Flower

And some North American summer tour news: We’ve just added a second date at Reggie’s in Chicago on Thursday July 23! Don’t forget to check out the Aristocrats’ Tours page for all of the latest information and ticket links for our July-August Tres Caballeros tour of the USA and select parts of Canada, plus one date in Mexicali, Mexico.

Ok, off to Des Moines, Iowa!

Cheers to all,
BB

The Aristocrats’ “Tres Caballeros” Available For Presale Now – Watch The Exclusive New Preview Video!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Hey everyone-

And here we go: After nearly two years since Culture Clash was released, The Aristocrats are proud to share some new music with you, and announce that our third studio album Tres Caballeros is now available for pre-order!

There’s a 5-minute YouTube trailer video previewing the new music, as well as some video footage from the bonus DVD in the Deluxe Edition, available right here for your viewing.

Tres Caballeros will be released in a Standard Edition (CD) and Deluxe Edition (CD/DVD), which will include a 30-minute documentary featuring live and in-studio footage, outtakes, demos, and more.

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If you order from The Aristocrats’ webstore, you’ll find an exclusive Tres Caballeros t-shirt is also available, in all of its 8-bit glory.

TC T-Shirt

The release date is June 23. We’ll have more previews leading up to that date. For now, I hope you dig what you hear, and feel inspired to spread the word on social media and beyond to like-minded folks. :-)

I know we’ve been talking about this for a while, so I’ll take it easy on the hype and stick with the facts.

* Pre-ordering available now - click here to pre-order
* YouTube preview video here - click here to watch on YouTube
* North America tour starts July 5 - click here for dates and details

Or just look below for a summary:

THE ARISTOCRATS
Tres Caballeros North America Tour – Summer 2015
with special guests The Travis Larson Band

Date                   City/State                       Venue

Mon 6-Jul            Sacramento, CA               Harlow’s
Tues 7-Jul            San Francisco, CA            Slim’s
Wed 8-Jul            Santa Cruz, CA                 Don Quixote’s
Fri 10-Jul             Portland, OR                     Star Theater
Sat 11-Jul             Seattle, WA                        Studio Seven
Sun 12-Jul           Vancouver, BC, CANADA     Rickshaw Theatre
Tues 14-Jul          Boise, ID                            Reef
Wed 15-Jul           Salt Lake City, UT           Club X
Fri 17-Jul              Denver, CO                       Quixote’s True Blue
Sat 19-Jul             Omaha, NE                        Slowdown
Mon 20-Jul          Des Moines, IA                 The Gaslamp
Tues 21-Jul           St. Paul, MN                     The Amsterdam Bar And Hall
Fri 24-Jul              Chicago, IL                       Reggie’s
Sat 25-Jul              Indianapolis, IN              Birdy’s
Sun 26-Jul            Cincinnati, OH                 The Mad Frog
Tues 28-Jul          Cleveland, OH                  Beachland Ballroom
Wed 29-Jul           Pittsburgh, PA                 Hard Rock Café
Thur 30-Jul          Columbus, OH                 Skully’s
Fri 31-Jul               Detroit, MI                        Token Lounge
Sat 1-Aug               Toronto, ON, CANADA   Mod Club
Sun 2-Aug             Ottawa, ON, CANADA     The Rainbow Bistro
Tues 4-Aug            Montreal, QC, CANADA  Café Campus
Wed 5-Aug            Woodstock, NY                  Bearsville Theater
Fri 7-Aug               Boston, MA                        The Middle East
Sat 8-Aug              New York City, NY            Irving Plaza
Sun 9-Aug             Philadelphia, PA               North Star Bar
Mon 10-Aug          Washington, DC               Jammin’ Java
Tues 11-Aug           Raleigh, NC                       Pour House
Thur 13-Aug          Charlotte, NC                    Tremont Music Hall
Fri 14-Aug              Atlanta, GA                       Aisle 5
Sat 15-Aug              Nashville, TN                   The High Watt
Sun 16-Aug             St. Louis, MO                  Old Rock House
Mon 17-Aug            Kansas City, MO            The Scene
Tues 18-Aug            Tulsa, OK                        The Vanguard
Thur 20-Aug           Houston, TX                   Fitzgerald’s
Fri 21-Aug                Austin, TX                       The Roost
Sat 22-Aug               Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX    The Sanctuary
Mon 24-Aug            Albuquerque, NM          Launchpad
Wed 26-Aug            Phoenix, AZ                     Club Red
Thur 27-Aug            Mexicali, MEXICO        Teatro De Estado
Fri 28-Aug                San Diego, CA                Price Center Ballroom East, UCSD
Sat 29-Aug               Riverside, CA                  Romano’s Concert Lounge
Sun 30-Aug              Los Angeles, CA             King King

Ok, a little hype: I’ll have a couple of really cool things to show you leading up to the release date in June. You’ll see. ;-)

For more constant Aristocratic updates, don’t forget to check out our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Lots of stuff is showing up there on an almost daily basis.

Of course, I’m on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram as well, just as me. :-)

Once again, thanks for your patience as this all came together. I can’t wait for you to hear the whole thing.

And that’s all I got for now.

Best wishes to all,
Bryan Beller

“Tres Caballeros” Cover Art & Track Listing Revealed – Plus Updated North American Tour Dates!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Hey everyone-

I’ve been admittedly quiet lately because, since mid-February, I’ve been working nonstop on the new Aristocrats’ album Tres Caballeros…which is now finally done! Hallelujah!

This also means I’m fairly spent, so I’m going to be lazy (I know, so lazy, that’s me) and just use The Aristocrats’ e-mail voice as the official BellerBytes update for now. I hope you’ll forgive me. I’ll be back to myself soon, after a few days off in the mountains.

So, here’s some shameless promo text about our new album, of which I’m very, very proud, plus a bunch of summer tour dates. Maybe I’ll see you at one of them?…BB

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Well, look at what we have here: It’s the artwork for our third studio album Tres Caballeros:

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The album is off getting manufactured right now! It’s due for an early summer release (exact date TBA). The album will be released in a Standard Edition (CD) and Deluxe Edition (CD/DVD), which will include a 30-minute documentary featuring live and in-studio footage, outtakes, demos, and more.

The “8-bit” artwork represents a new spin on our tradition of animated covers, and was created by Tom Colbie, who designed the cover art for the band’s previous two releases, Culture Clash and Culture Clash Live.

Tres Caballeros was tracked over ten days in February at world-famous Sunset Sound studios, where Van Halen (1), Led Zeppelin IV, and Rage Against The Machine’s The Battle Of Los Angeles were tracked, among hundreds of others. The result: Nine new compositions of greater sonic depth and breadth than ever before, with unique textures and lush layering augmenting the usual trio firepower.

We can also now reveal that the track listing for Tres Caballeros is as follows:

  1. Stupid 7
  2. Jack’s Back
  3. Texas Crazypants
  4. ZZ Top
  5. Pig’s Day Off
  6. Smuggler’s Corridor
  7. Pressure Relief
  8. The Kentucky Meat Shower
  9. Through The Flower

And now, for the up-to-the-minute tour dates (several updates since the last listing)

THE ARISTOCRATS
Tres Caballeros North America Tour – Summer 2015
with special guests The Travis Larson Band

Date                   City/State                       Venue

Mon 6-Jul            Sacramento, CA               Harlow’s
Tues 7-Jul            San Francisco, CA            Slim’s
Wed 8-Jul            Santa Cruz, CA                 Don Quixote’s
Fri 10-Jul             Portland, OR                     Star Theater
Sat 11-Jul             Seattle, WA                        Studio Seven
Sun 12-Jul           Vancouver, BC, CANADA     Rickshaw Theatre
Tues 14-Jul          Boise, ID                            Reef
Wed 15-Jul           Salt Lake City, UT           Club X
Fri 17-Jul              Denver, CO                       Quixote’s True Blue
Sat 19-Jul             Omaha, NE                        Slowdown
Mon 20-Jul          Des Moines, IA                 The Gaslamp
Tues 21-Jul           St. Paul, MN                     The Amsterdam Bar And Hall
Fri 24-Jul              Chicago, IL                       Reggie’s
Sat 25-Jul              Indianapolis, IN              Birdy’s
Sun 26-Jul            Cincinnati, OH                 The Mad Frog
Tues 28-Jul          Cleveland, OH                  Beachland Ballroom
Wed 29-Jul           Pittsburgh, PA                 Hard Rock Café
Thur 30-Jul          Columbus, OH                 Skully’s
Fri 31-Jul               Detroit, MI                        Token Lounge
Sat 1-Aug               Toronto, ON, CANADA   Mod Club
Sun 2-Aug             Ottawa, ON, CANADA     The Rainbow Bistro
Tues 4-Aug            Montreal, QC, CANADA  Café Campus
Wed 5-Aug            Woodstock, NY                  Bearsville Theater
Fri 7-Aug               Boston, MA                        The Middle East
Sat 8-Aug              New York City, NY            Irving Plaza
Sun 9-Aug             Philadelphia, PA               North Star Bar
Mon 10-Aug          Washington, DC               Jammin’ Java
Tues 11-Aug           Raleigh, NC                       Pour House
Thur 13-Aug          Charlotte, NC                    Tremont Music Hall
Fri 14-Aug              Atlanta, GA                       Aisle 5
Sat 15-Aug              Nashville, TN                   The High Watt
Sun 16-Aug             St. Louis, MO                  Old Rock House
Mon 17-Aug            Kansas City, MO            The Scene
Tues 18-Aug            Tulsa, OK                        The Vanguard
Thur 20-Aug           Houston, TX                   Fitzgerald’s
Fri 21-Aug                Austin, TX                       The Roost
Sat 22-Aug               Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX    The Sanctuary
Mon 24-Aug            Albuquerque, NM          Launchpad
Wed 26-Aug            Phoenix, AZ                     Club Red
Thur 27-Aug            Mexicali, MEXICO        Teatro De Estado
Fri 28-Aug                San Diego, CA                Price Center Ballroom East, UCSD
Sat 29-Aug               Riverside, CA                  Romano’s Concert Lounge
Sun 30-Aug              Los Angeles, CA             King King

As always, you can go to the Aristocrats’ website TOURS page and find complete ticket links for each show.

We’ll have more news in a couple of weeks: Preview videos and audio, the official release date, and more. :-)

-The Aristocrats

The Aristocrats’ Third Album Title: “Tres Caballeros” – Plus North America Tour Dates!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hello all-

I’ve been teasing this for long enough…here’s the official announcement!

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The Aristocrats reveal the title of their third studio album:
Tres Caballeros
Plus: North America Summer 2015 Tour Dates Announced

“virtuosic, melodic, spontaneous, outrageous and fun” [Guitar World]

(photo by Mike Mesker)

Fresh off their wildly successful 2013-2014 Culture Clash world tour, The Aristocrats – by any measure the hottest new band in instrumental rock/fusion today – rewrote their own rules for their third studio album, Tres Caballeros, which is slated for release in late June.

After two fairly raw trio albums, guitarist Guthrie Govan (Steven Wilson, Asia/GPS), bassist Bryan Beller (Joe Satriani, Dethklok) and drummer Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani) set up camp at legendary Sunset Sound studios in Hollywood, CA, where Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Van Halen all recorded landmark albums.

The result: Nine new compositions of greater sonic depth and breadth than ever before, with unique textures and lush layering augmenting the band’s preternatural ability to improvise both individually and as a group at the highest levels possible. But not to worry – it’s all still tempered with a steadfast refusal to take themselves too seriously, and The Aristocrats are still having more fun than a fusion band has any right to have.

“We’ve learned a lot since we started this band – four years, three studio albums, two live DVDs and about a billion notes ago! – and I think our latest offering reflects this in all kinds of ways,” says guitarist Guthrie Govan. “The decision to road-test our new material in front of a live audience before commencing the recording process; the choice to record in a studio which had some thoroughly inspiring rock’n'roll ‘mojo’; our sudden urge to become more bold and experimental with overdubs rather than feeling any pressure to record exclusively in a strict ‘trio’ format… all of this has had some kind of positive effect on the way the new record came out. Plus, I think the material on this album is some of the most interesting stuff we’ve ever written for each other, so… here’s hoping our noble listeners will like the finished product as much as we do!”

The Tres Caballeros tour will bring the band’s new musical vision in trio form to stages across North America in their most ambitious jaunt yet. The Aristocrats will be supported by fellow rock/fusion power trio The Travis Larson Band.

Full details on each date can be found on the Aristocrats website calendar page.

The Aristocrats
Tres Caballeros North America Tour – Summer 2015

Date                  City                              Venue

Mon 6-Jul         Sacramento, CA           Harlow’s
Tues 7-Jul         San Francisco, CA       Slim’s
Wed 8-Jul         Santa Cruz, CA             Don Quixote’s
Fri 10-Jul          Portland, OR                 Star Theater
Sat 11-Jul          Seattle, WA                    Studio Seven
Sun 12-Jul        Vancouver, BC, CAN   Rickshaw Theatre
Tues 14-Jul      Boise, ID                         Reef
Wed 15-Jul       Salt Lake City, UT        Club X
Fri 17-Jul          Denver, CO                    Quixote’s True Blue
Sun 19-Jul         Omaha, NE                    Slowdown
Mon 20-Jul      Des Moines, IA             The Gaslamp
Tues 21-Jul       St. Paul, MN                 The Amsterdam Bar And Hall
Fri 24-Jul          Chicago, IL                   Reggie’s
Sat 25-Jul          Indianapolis, IN          Birdy’s
Sun 26-Jul        Cincinnati, OH             The Mad Frog
Tues 28-Jul      Cleveland, OH              Beachland Ballroom
Wed 29-Jul       Pittsburgh, PA              Hard Rock Café
Thur 30-Jul      Columbus, OH              Skully’s
Fri 31-Jul          Detroit, MI                     Token Lounge
Sat 1-Aug          Toronto, ON, CAN        Mod Club
Sun 2-Aug       Ottawa, ON, CAN         The Rainbow Bistro
Tues 4-Aug       Montreal, QC, CAN      TBD
Wed 5-Aug       Woodstock, NY              Bearsville Theater
Fri 7-Aug          Boston, MA                     The Middle East
Sat 8-Aug          New York City, NY        Irving Plaza
Sun 9-Aug         Philadelphia, PA           North Star Bar
Mon 10-Aug      Washington, DC           Jammin’ Java
Tues 11-Aug       Raleigh, NC                   Pour House
Thur 13-Aug      Charlotte, NC                Tremont Music Hall
Fri 14-Aug          Atlanta, GA                   TBD
Sat 15-Aug         Nashville, TN                The High Watt
Sun 16-Aug        St. Louis, MO                Old Rock House
Mon 17-Aug       Kansas City, MO          The Scene
Tues 18-Aug       Tulsa, OK                      The Vanguard
Thur 20-Aug      Houston, TX                 Fitzgerald’s
Fri 21-Aug           Austin, TX                    The Roost
Sat 22-Aug          Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX   The Sanctuary
Mon 24-Aug       Albuquerque, NM        Launchpad
Wed 26-Aug       Phoenix, AZ                   Club Red
Thur 27-Aug       Mexicali, MEXICO      Teatro De Estado
Fri 28-Aug          San Diego, CA               TBD
Sat 29-Aug          Corona/Big Bear, CA  TBD
Sun 30-Aug        Los Angeles, CA            King King

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It was quite something to get this tour together, and I want to personally thank Rodney Cord and Julie Cord at Blue Mouth Promotions for an incredible job in making this a reality.

And that’s all I got for now. Gotta get back to mixing Tres Caballeros. :-)

Best wishes to all,
Bryan Beller


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