THE FINAL POST ON THIS OLD SITEWednesday, May 15, 2019
Well, all good things come to an end, and that’s what’s happening here. I’ve been blogging (or, as we used to call it, “web journaling”) since 1995, either on the front page of a site, or in longer form deeper in the site. But times have changed. Seems that having “blogs” on the front page of your website are a thing of the past, and social media feeds are where real-time updates happen these days. Yeah yeah, Facebook and Twitter and Instagram aren’t the kinds of platforms we used to wax poetic on in the old days when we walked to school two miles in the snow, uphill in both directions…but as they say, don’t hate the player, hate the game.
So we’ve got a brand new website that’s all modern and stuff. This site went static on May 14, 2019, just before the launch of my third solo album “Scenes From The Flood”. You can find my real-time updates on my social media feeds.
If you’re still able to find your way here, we’re leaving the whole site intact. Call it a museum of sorts. It goes pretty deep. Not like the smaller sites of today. Maybe you’ll find something interesting.
Either way, I’m glad you’ve followed along, and I hope to see you out there on the more modern interwebz, where all internet traditions are honored for time immemorial.
For The Latest Updates…Monday, June 11, 2018
…I know it’s not in fashion these days, but my Facebook Page is currently where I’m updating most frequently.
As I’ve mentioned before, this website needs a major overhaul, and it will get one once this massive double solo album I’m working on is ready for its public debut. That’s what that tease-y “2019″ graphic in the upper left part of the page is all about.
Thanks for following along with what I’m up to. You can always visit the Calendar page to see where I’ll be playing live next. I travel a lot.
First Preview Of New Solo Album In ProgressWednesday, April 25, 2018
Hello everyone. I’m excited (and more than a little nervous) to present the very first look at the world of my solo album currently in progress.
Click here to watch a video trailer of the modern progressive double album concept “Scenes From The Flood”.
It will be a bit before I’m able to release it, but I thought it would be nice to at least give a little peek under the hood. Eventually this entire website will receive a much needed overhaul, and the aesthetic will reflect the world of this new release. Eventually.
Meanwhile, tracking continues in earnest. I’ll have plenty more to say about who’s on it and what it’s about in the coming months. For now, I’m grateful to have gotten this far, and even more grateful that you’re interested in my artistic endeavors.
Or, should I say, *endeavours*: Hello from the United Kingdom, where the Joe Satriani/G3 European tour is winding its way to a close this week. Many, many thanks to all who came out to see this amazing display of guitar wizardry. The pleasure has been mine, surely in part due to my dear friends Mike Keneally and Joe Travers, who bring their own special kind of magic every night.
More to come…
WesFest 13 Featuring Doug Wimbish…And An Aristocrats Tour Announcement!Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Posting very quickly from the road here! As advertised in the fancy subject above:
The 13th annual WesFest benefit concert will take place at S.I.R. in Hollywood, CA, featuring headliner HEAD>>FAKE featuring Doug Wimbish and Will Calhoun from Living Colour! I’ll also be playing with Mike Keneally, Joe Travers, Griff Peters, Rick Musallam (hey, that’s the Keneally/Beller “Same Band” tour lineup!) and more…and we’ll be debuting a tune from my upcoming solo album! Plus you’ll see the amazing 2017 Wes Wehmiller Scholarship winner C.C. Ellis in action with his own band. It’s for a great cause and we’d love to see you there. Click here to purchase tickets or donate.
And then, later this year, in September, the return of the mighty…ARISTOCRATS!
September 11th – Sliema (Malta) – Teatru Salesjan
September 14th – Zurich (Switzerland) – Kaufleuten
September 15th – Esch Sur Alzette (Luxembourg) – Rockhal
September 16th – Zoetermeer (Netherlands) – De Boerderij
September 18th – London (UK) – Islington Assembly
September 19th – Paris (France) – Trabendo
September 21st – Madrid (Spain) – Sala Mon
September 22nd – Barcelona (Spain) – Sala Bikini
plus more TBD.
Thanks to all who are coming out to see Joe Satriani and the G3 tour! We’re having a blast. More soon…
18 SONGS: I’m thrilled to report that the demos for the 18 tracks that will make up my next solo *double* modern progressive concept album are now complete and sitting on this humble little orange drive. (Don’t worry, I made backups.)
It was a long, exhilarating, enlightening, sometimes overwhelming process that took eight fairly solid months, to say nothing of the years it took the material to gather in my mind. And now…even though they’re just demos, it’s all there. True to my obsessive nature, I work pretty hard to make the demos well beyond just the “skeletal” version of the song, and I’m pretty sure that they’ll end up on the Deluxe Edition of the eventual full package release.
And yeah, about the release: It’s a long way between now and then. Soon I’ll be starting the process of figuring out how the hell I’m going to record all of this for real. It’s been said that making a record is like raising a child, which is difficult enough. I find myself with twins. So I have a lot of ideas, and after a short break from the project, and getting past the initial overwhelm, I’ll get into action and we’ll see what happens. When will it be done, you ask? When *I* know, I’ll let *you* know.
Soon I’ll at least announce the name of the album, and maybe tease some of the tunes somehow. First I need to get going on the Joe Satriani tour coming right up…starting next week!
I’m very, very grateful to those in my inner circle who helped counsel and guide me through this amazing process, and I look forward to sharing the results with everyone following along here as soon as it’s right.
Happy new year everyone!
Big 2018 News: Joe Satriani “G3/What Happens Next” World Tour!Friday, November 17, 2017
BIG 2018 NEWS: JOE SATRIANI/G3 WORLD TOUR!Hey everyone. It’s been over three months. I’ve been mostly holed away in a solo album songwriting cave. Everything ok out there in the world? *listens to panicked shrieks* Uh…hmmm….ok, a mixed bag.
Well, in crazy times like these, what everyone really needs is more music in their lives, right? I say this from a purely objective standpoint, with nothing to gain from stating this universal principle for all to hear. *waits three seconds* And now let me tell you all about some cool musical things I’m up to, and promote some exciting stuff that’s coming up for next year.
*listens to crowd murmuring restlessly*
Too quick on that pivot there?
1. JOE SATRIANI “WHAT HAPPENS NEXT/G3″ 2018 WORLD TOUR
Let’s start with the headline: I’m super excited and grateful to be joining Joe Satriani for his G3/What Happens Next 2018 world tour. He’s a consummate pro, an absolute pleasure to work with, and not like anyone needs me to say this, but he’s also one hell of a guitarist and songwriter (his new album absolutely ROCKS). And I’m beyond thrilled to be doing it with Mike Keneally on guitar/keyboards and Joe Travers on drums. Not only have we been close friends for 25 years and counting, but it was Mike and Joe that gave me the break that started my career in the music business. Hard as this may be to believe, even though we’ve played together in various projects for most of our adult lives, this will be our first true world tour together as a unit. So I think it’s going to be really special.
Lotsa lotsa tour dates below (and more may be added):
JOE SATRIANI/G3 NORTH AMERICA 2018
(Joe Satriani/John Petrucci/Phil Collen)
January 11 The Moore Theatre Seattle, WA
January 12 Historic Elsinore Theatre Salem, OR
January 13 Grand Sierra Theatre Reno, NV
January 14 Fox Theater Oakland, CA
January 16 Delta Hall at Eccles Theater Salt Lake City, UT *
January 17 Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, NV
January 18 Mesa Arts Center Mesa, AZ *
January 19 Orpheum Theatre Los Angeles, CA
January 20 Balboa Theatre San Diego, CA
January 21 Fox Tucson Theatre Tucson, AZ *
January 24 Historic Paramount Theatre Denver, CO
January 25 Uptown Theatre Kansas City, MO
January 26 The Pavillion at The Toyota Music Factory Irving, TX *
January 27 Austin City Limits – Moody Theater Austin, TX
January 28 Hobby Center for the Performing Arts Houston, TX *
January 30 Hard Rock Live Orlando, FL *
January 31 Florida Theatre Jacksonville, FL *
February 1 Pompano Beach Amphitheatre Pompano Beach, FL*
February 2 Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall Fort Myers, FL *
February 3 Mahaffey Theater St. Petersberg, FL *
February 6 Raleigh Memorial Auditorium Raleigh, NC
February 8 Toyota Presents Oakdale Wallingford, CT *
February 9 Landmark Theatre Syracuse, NY *
February 10 Palace Theatre Albany, NY *
February 11 The Palace Theatre Greensburg, PA *
February 12 Fillmore Detroit Detroit, MI
February 14 Warner Theatre Washington, DC *
February 15 Orpheum Theatre Boston, MA
February 16 Beacon Theatre New York, NY *
February 17 Merriam Theater Philadelphia, PA
February 18 New Jersey Performing Arts Center Newark, NJ *
February 20 Auditorium Theatre Rochester, NY *
February 21 Massey Hall Toronto, ONT
February 22 Hard Rock Live Northfield, OH
February 23 Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL *
February 24 State Theatre Minneapolis, MN
February 25 Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI
JOE SATRIANI/G3 EUROPE 2018
(Joe Satriani/John Petrucci/Uli Jon Roth)
MAR 16, 2018 MOSCOW, RU CROCUS CITY HALL
MAR 19, 2018 WARSAW, PL TORWAR
MAR 20, 2018 PRAGUE, CZ PRAGUE CONGRESS CENTRE
MAR 21, 2018 BRATISLAVA, SK INCHEBA EXPO ARENA
MAR 24, 2018 OSLO, NO OSLO KONSERTHUS
MAR 25, 2018 AALBORG, JUTLAND DK ROYAL STAGE
MAR 26, 2018 STUTTGART/FILDERSTADT, DE FILHARMONIE FILDERSTADT
MAR 27, 2018 OFFENBACH, DE STADHALLE OFFENBACH
MAR 28, 2018 COLOGNE, DE E WERK
MAR 29, 2018 BERLIN, DE TEMPODROM
MAR 31, 2018 GRONINGEN, NL DE OOSTERPOORT
APR 02, 2018 ROME, IT AUDITORIUM PARCO DELLA MUSICA
APR 03, 2018 FLORENCE, IT TEATRO VERD
APR 04, 2018 MILAN, IT TEATRO DEGLI ARCIMBOLDI
APR 06, 2018 BILBAO, ES EUSKALDUNA
APR 07, 2018 BARCELONA, ES PALAU SANT JORDI
APR 09, 2018 MADRID, ES WIZINK CENTER
APR 11, 2018 ZURICH, CH VOLKSHAUS ZÜRICH
APR 14, 2018 EINDHOVEN, NL KLOKGEBOUW CULTUURHALLEN
APR 15, 2018 LYON, FR L’AMPHITHÉÂTRE DE LA CITÉ DES CONGRÈS
APR 16, 2018 PARIS, FR LA SEINE MUSICALE
APR 17, 2018 BORDEAUX, FR METROPOLE ARENA
APR 18, 2018 TOULOUSE, FR ZENITH
APR 19, 2018 NANTES, FR ZENITH
APR 21, 2018 ANTWERP, BE STADSSCHOUWBURG
APR 23, 2018 LILLE, FR ZENITH
APR 24, 2018 SOUTHEND, GB CLIFFS PAVILION
APR 25, 2018 HAMMERSMITH, GB LONDON EVENTIM APOLLO
APR 26, 2018 BRISTOL, GB COLSTON HALL
APR 27, 2018 MANCHESTER, GB APOLLO MANCHESTER
APR 29, 2018 PORTSMOUTH, GB PORTSMOUTH GUILDHALL
APR 30, 2018 BIRMINGHAM, GB SYMPHONY HALL
2. SOLO ALBUM UPDATE
I’m also still working very hard (some might say obsessively, or maniacally) on finishing the demos for my first solo release in ten years, which is turning out to be a massive, modern progressive concept double-album. I’m now working through the realization of song #16 of 18. It’s the kind of thing that I feel artistically compelled to do, or else this music will circle on endless repeat in my head forever and that’s just crazy-making. I hope to have the demos done by the end of the year. I’ll be looking to record it in 2018, and perhaps even put together a full-production live show around its presentation. While I don’t exactly know when I’ll have it ready for release, I do know that I’m committed to this artistic vision I’ve had in my head for many years now, and I’ll keep working on it until it sounds great and tells the story it’s designed to tell. It’s taking up a lot of space in my world right now, as you can imagine.
I could go on and on and on about this, but I’m going to try and save my fire for when the music is completely written. At that point I’ll probably be ready to reveal some details…maybe even the name of the album.
3. WHAT’S UP WITH THE ARISTOCRATS?
Lots of folks have asked me about The Aristocrats during this much-needed year “off the road”. I’m so thankful for everyone’s support of this crazy, improbable instrumental trio. Playing with Guthrie and Marco is a wild, exhilarating joy, and I’m deeply grateful to both of my double-initialed brethren for this incredible energy we’ve created together. At the same time, in the past couple of years I learned that I am but one human, much as I may wish that I were two (which would surely make me the only person on earth to wish such a thing), and that my body, mind and soul work a lot better when I have a reasonable amount of break time at home between touring legs. So while current complexities collude to create a bit (alliteration, you have failed me!) of a “calendar clash”, I look forward to more Aristocratic activity in the future.
4. THE MISSING BASSES DENOUEMENT
Some folks still ask me about the missing basses – understandable considering what I wrote about the whole brouhaha! I got one back out of seven. Beyond that, it’s a very, very, verrrrry long story without a happy ending. So I’ve let them go. Maybe they’ll come back to me someday. Or not. Either way, letting them go certainly wasn’t my first choice, but it’s the only choice on the menu, so I’ve chosen it. To whoever’s got them: Godspeed. Each one has a rich, unique spirit, and they were all really great to me in ways I can’t explain in text. I hope you get what you need from them.
Right now, I have a lot of great new instruments and I’m grateful for them. And right now is where it’s at. The dude hovering over the basses in the picture already knows that. Just look how happy he is.
5. WHEN YOU’RE 46 AND YOU FINALLY ADMIT YOU NEED READERS
Because these upates aren’t going to type themselves and it helps if I can read them before sending.
Seriously, it’s been a great year of recharging and musical discovery at home, and I can’t wait to share this new material with you. I’m cooking it as fast as the oven will cook, I promise. In the meantime, I’ll hope to see some of you in early 2018.
Cheers to all,
New Solo Album News, August Satch & Keneally Gigs, Brendon Small’s Galaktikon 2…And A Missing Bass UpdateSaturday, July 22, 2017
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A New Solo Album
Yes, finally. (I mentioned this late last year but I think it’s worth a recap.) It’s been ten years since I wrote the material that became 2008’s “Thanks In Advance”, my last studio solo album. Many, many things have happened since then, and while I was fortunate to be busy with lots of fulfilling work, a noise was building in the back of my head for years about what my next solo album would look, feel and sound like. That noise became a roar last year, as I realized I was walking around with enough material in my head for not just a new album, but a new *double* album. And when I refer to what was “in my head”, I mean pretty close to the whole thing: The album title, the song titles, the melodies, the sonic textures, the grooves, the album narrative, the sequence, the transitions…everything. It’s been a bit odd, as you can imagine.
The good news I’ve finally started the process of getting all of this out of my head and into reality. I now have completed demos for nine of the album’s projected eighteen songs. So far, while it’s obviously still me writing this stuff, I think it’s a pretty radical departure from what I’ve done before. Right now the best phrase I can conjure up is “A Modern Progressive Musical Concept”. The word concept is deliberate: This is a concept album. It’s also definitely less fusion-y, less note-y, and more focused on soundscapes and melodies as you would imagine them through a modern progressive conceptual lens. I mean, sure, they’re not pop songs, there’s intricate bits, but that’s not the focus. If I manage to do it right, it will tell a story, but hopefully not a story limited to and by my own experiences. I’d like it to land as something broader than that.
That all sounds pretty ambitious and high-minded, right? It is, and making it happen will require a healthy chunk of my creative and musical energy for the foreseeable near future. It’s been very rewarding to have the time and space to work on this, and I look forward to sharing more with you when the moment is right. For now, there’s still plenty of road ahead on making this all a reality, starting with finishing the demos for the second half of the album.
For those of you who’ve been following me since the days of “Thanks In Advance”, and even 2003’s “View”, I’m deeply grateful, and hope this upcoming work rewards your patience. If you jumped onboard because of Dethklok, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, or The Aristocrats, I look forward to hopefully showing you something new. And if you known me since the 1990s because of Mike Keneally, there’s probably nothing I can say that you don’t already know, so just enjoy the ride.
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Just because it’s a year off from touring doesn’t mean I won’t leave the house every once in a while for a good cause. Here’s a couple I’ve got coming up in August, with Joe Satriani returning to Brazil, and then Mike Keneally up and down the west coast (and eventually getting over to Chicago):
with JOE SATRIANI
Mike Keneally – guitar, keys
Marco Minnemann – drums
Sao Paulo, Brazil
with MIKE KENEALLY & BEER FOR DOLPHINS
Mike Keneally – guitar, keys, vocals
Rick Musallam – guitar
Bryan Beller – bass
Joe Travers – drums
(special guests Travis Larson Band opening all shows except L.A.)
August 17-18 – The Baked Potato, LA (2 sets per night)
August 23 – Biscuits And Blues, San Francisco, CA
August 24 – Silo’s, Napa, CA
August 26 – The Merrow, San Diego, CA
October 21 – PROGTOBERFEST III – Reggie’s, Chicago, IL
Brazil is a crazy wonderful place, and this will be my third trip there in less than a year! I’m looking forward to this unexpected “encore” show of the Satriani Shockwave tour.
And I’m always excited to play Mike Keneally’s completely unique material with my dear friends Rick Musallam and Joe Travers. Mike’s a busy guy lately, playing with a variety of folks around the world, so I’m extra grateful that there’s room in his calendar for these select dates.
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Brendon Small’s “Galaktikon II: Become The Storm” – Available For Pre-Order Now
Our mad genius friend Brendon Small has done it again, this time with a new chapter in his Galaktikon musical canon. “Galaktikon II: Become The Storm” is – and I want to make sure I get this right here – a “high stakes intergalactic extreme rock/metal album” that blends everything Brendon has done to date into a swirl of high musical drama and many, many kick drums.
The album was tracked by longtime Brendon Small compatriot and metal legend Gene Hoglan, myself, and then Brendon did everything else. Engineer Ulrich Wild somehow made 10,000 tons of metal fit into a (comparatively speaking, anyway) small space. And it’s available for pre-order right now, with a landing date on Earth of August 25.
Where can you go to find out everything there is to know about this whole crazy thing? Right here: http://galaktikon.com.
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The Missing Basses Update
Well, I’m afraid to say I don’t have much of one. I invested a pretty significant amount of time, energy and resources in the early part of this year to try and recover the missing instruments. (Note: some very, very generous friends helped immeasurably, for which I’m forever grateful.) A lot happened in that time, and while it may be interesting to some to know all of the details – especially considering how public I was in the telling of the original story, which isn’t lost on me! – unfortunately it’s not the kind of thing I can post, and I just have to leave it there. I had hoped to be able to present a different kind of update. Apparently the universe has other plans, and I’ve learned it’s foolish to resist that for too long.
The missing basses are pretty unique instruments, and there’s a limited market for them. I have a feeling that they’ll turn up one day, even if I’m lacking the crystal ball to know exactly when.
In the meantime, I am happy to report that I was able to find a used 1999 Mike Lull Modern 5 Jazz Bass, which quite incredibly possessed a serial number only *two* numbers away from my old Red #1! The sound is nearly identical. It’s mine now and it will be making live appearances soon. That was a pretty lucky break, and I’m grateful for it. I’m also still working with both Mike Lull and Spector on a variety of instruments, and I’ll continue moving forward on that path.
Once again, if you were one of the 14,000 (!!) people who shared the original post of the theft report, thank you so much. I’m still kind of amazed at how many folks read the story and wanted to help. It was a blast of positive energy when I sorely needed one.
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That’s it for now. Thanks as always for being open to me dropping these e-mails in your inbox every so often. This new music will be for You.
WesFest 12 in L.A., March In The Northeast & Dallas, And Then…Thursday, March 2, 2017
I’m back from Asia, I’ve finally beaten the jet lag (though I’m still too tired to replace this e-mail’s header graphic), and the world touring for Joe Satriani and The Aristocrats is now over for a while. Here is one last THANK YOU to everyone around the world who made the past 20 months so exciting and wonderful. What a ride.
2017 will see me sticking closer to home, slowing down, and doing a lot of writing on my very-long-overdue third studio solo album. I can’t tell you how excited I am about that. But first I’ve got a couple of things in March and early April to share with you.
WESFEST 12: SUNDAY, MARCH 12 AT THE BAKED POTATO IN L.A.
It’s time for the WesFest 12 concert and the annual WesFest scholarship fundraising drive! As many of you know, every year there’s a Los Angeles area concert and related fundraising drive to benefit the Wes Wehmiller Scholarship at Berklee College Of Music. The show will be held at the very intimate Baked Potato in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 12. This year’s headliner is jazz pianist and R&B vocalist Patrice Rushen, but you’ll also see the scholarship winner – an amazing young bassist named Jonathan Elyashiv – as a part of a night of great music and warm vibes that not only honor this year’s scholarship winner, but also continually honors my dear friend Wes, one of the greatest bassists and humans I’ve ever had the privilege to know.
Even if you can’t go to the concert (which is most of you out there who aren’t SoCal based), you can still donate to the fundraising drive with just a few clicks. This is the sound of me inviting you to consider supporting this very worthy cause.
And if you’re local, come on down. I’ll be the M.C., which means I’ll be running my mouth most of the night. Yes, it’s still worth going.
Just click here for more info, ticket and donation links.
BRYAN BELLER CLINIC APPEARANCES
I’m very excited to get back into the educational spirit with these two appearances in the Northeast:
MARCH 18-19 – Gerald Veasley Bass Boot Camp – Philadelphia, PA
(at Courtyard by Marriott City Avenue)
MARCH 20 – Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center – Wheaton, MD
Sponsored by: D’Addario Strings and Planet Waves Accessories
For details on these appearances, just click here.
I’m also really psyched to be doing a few more shows with my dear friends Mike Keneally, Joe Travers and Rick Musallam in the Northeast and Dallas!
MIKE KENEALLY & BEER FOR DOLPHINS
Mike Keneally – gtr/keys/vox
Bryan Beller – bass
Joe Travers – drums
Rick Musallam – special guest guitar at the NYC shows
MAR 31 – Kennett Square, PA – Kennett Flash
APR 1 – Dunellen, NJ – NJ Proghouse @ Roxy & Duke’s
(**Beller will also play with Teddy Kumpel’s LOOPESTRA at this show:
Teddy Kumpel – gtr
Bryan Beller – bass
Aaron Comess [from the Spin Doctors] – drums)
APR 2 – New York City, NY – The Iridium (two shows)
APR 3 – New York City, NY – The Iridium (two shows)
APR 4 – Bearsville, NY – Bearsville Theater
APR 5 – Marlboro, NY – The Falcon
APR 7 – McKinney, TX – The Sanctuary Music & Events Center
For details on each of these gigs, just click here.
Tying up a couple of loose ends:
* The drama of my stolen basses has died down somewhat, though not for lack of effort. I’m still on the lookout for them, and I deeply appreciate everyone who’s helped and continues to help in that regard (if this is all shocking news to you, just click here to read the original Facebook post and go forward in time from there, as the story gets a little happier in the subsequent posts). Right now I’m working with the kind folks at Mike Lull and Spector to rebuild the arsenal. I’m very grateful to them.
* Brendon Small’s “Galaktkon 2″ album is now in mastering, and I think it’s yet another huge metal masterpiece from Mr. Small. I’m sure he’ll have some news about that in the coming weeks and months. The best way to keep up with those developments is to follow Brendon’s Twitter feed.
* I mean it when I say I’ll be taking some long overdue time off in the coming months. Some folks out there don’t believe it’s possible for me to really do it. All I can say to them is: Hold my vodka and orange juice.
Thanks again for being interested in what’s I’m up to, and maybe I’ll see some of you in L.A. or in the Northeast (or Dallas) soon.
Best wishes to all,
2017 Kickoff: NAMM, Satriani, Clinics, Keneally…And One Other ThingThursday, January 19, 2017
Welcome to 2017! Seems like it was just weeks ago that I was telling you about the glorious end to the Very Long And Intense 2016, with my lost luggage finally being located and a long holiday rest just around the corner. Wait…it was just weeks ago. Something must have happened in between that made it feel longer.
Oh, right: My storage space was broken into and most of my basses were stolen. I discovered this fact just 48 hours after I sent my last e-mail.
This probably isn’t news to most of the people on this list who also follow me on social media (specifically Facebook, and also Twitter). If you know about this whole affair already, just skip ahead to the show announcements. If this is indeed news to you, then I’ll simply summarize it here:
* 7 of my 10 basses, including my Red Mike Lull “#1″ instrument, were stolen, along with some electronics and other precious things. The initial Facebook “THEFT ALERT” post about it was seen by over two million people and shared over 13,000 times. Thank you, people of the internet!
I’m obviously quite keen to find them, and at the same time, not become completely consumed with finding them. The missing instruments are quite unique and I’m confident they’ll turn up eventually. In the meantime: See something, say something.
And thank you to everyone who’s already been helping with the effort. You know who you are.
I remain grateful for all of the positive energy that’s been generated by this unfortunate incident, and while of course I’m hoping for the best, it’ll work out the way it’ll work out. In the meantime, there’s still plenty of music to make, and I’ll use whatever tools I’ve got in order to do it.
And on that note: If you’re at NAMM, then, guess what? So am I! I’m only doing one scheduled show/appearance, and it’s on Saturday night with Mike Keneally:
presented by Blue Mouth Promotions
M3 Live Anaheim Event Center
2232 S. Harbor Blvd. Saturday, January 21
(very close to NAMM)
NO NAMM CREDENTIALS NEEDED FOR ENTRY
It’s a big huge massive night of music and hang-osity. All the cool kids will be there. You know what to do.
Then in February, it’s time to wrap up the Joe Satriani Shockwave World Tour with a trip to Asia:
SHOCKWAVE WORLD TOUR
FEB 7 – Osaka, JAPAN – Namba Hatch
FEB 8 – Tokyo, JAPAN – Nakano Sunplaza
FEB 10 – Seoul, KOREA – YES24 Live Hall
FEB 12 – Taipei, TAIWAN – Legacy Live House
FEB 14 – Shanghai, CHINA – Mao Live House
FEB 16 – Beijing, CHINA – Tango Live House
FEB 19 – Bangkok, THAILAND – Center Point Studio
FEB 21 – Singapore, SINGAPORE – Kallang Theatre
Once March rolls around, I’ll be heading to the east coast for two short trips. The first involves instructional appearances. I’m very proud to once again be a part of the Gerald Veasley Bass Boot Camp family for 2017! Also I’ll be doing a clinic at Washington Music Center near DC. Details:
The Gerald Veasley Bass Boot Camp
at Courtyard by Marriott City Ave.
4010 City Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Click here for details as they become available.
Monday, March 20
Bryan Beller Bass Clinic
at Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center
11151 Veirs Mill Rd, Wheaton, MD 20902
Start time: 6:30pm
Sponsored by D’Addario Strings
The second trip is another Mike Keneally quick-hit tour of the Northeast!
MIKE KENEALLY & BEER FOR DOLPHINS
MAR 31 – Kennett Square, PA – Kennett Flash
And then I’m probably going to be laying low for a little while. Really.
Time for pre-NAMM sleep! Hope to see some of you very soon.
2016 In Review…And 2017 In PreviewMonday, December 26, 2016
And here we are, at the end of a wild year. I hope you enjoy the picture of a sunset in Montevideo, Uruguay while I ponder what to make of all this.
First of all, I hope that, wherever you are, you’re having a wonderful holiday season in whatever manner you choose to celebrate.
I am celebrating in quiet reflection, grateful for a year of travel and music and unforgettable experiences. And also grateful to finally get my bass and suitcase back after a week of tracking them as they took an unscheduled extended tour of South America. This is the ecstatic look of someone who was just reunited with his baggage on Christmas Eve at LAX.
Aside from a couple of weeks in Asia with Joe Satriani coming up in February 2017, this marks the end of 18 months of near-constant touring in support of Satch’s “Shockwave Supernova” and The Aristocrats’ “Tres Caballeros”. Over 250 shows on five continents. Amazing, exhilarating, exhausting. What a ride. I know I’ve thanked everyone before, but speaking from the heart one last time this cycle: THANK YOU to everyone around the world who made this possible. Because it’s not possible without You.
Working with Joe Satriani has been a real joy these past 4 years. The utmost professionalism of everyone on Team Satch keeps the touring machine humming nicely, and there’s always room for additional musical creativity, which keeps growing and expanding with each new experience. The Satch/Keneally/Minnemann/Beller band played what I thought were some of our best shows ever just last month in South America, over 100 gigs into this album’s touring cycle. That’s a good sign. I’m very grateful to Joe and his entire organization for all the ways I feel welcome in their midst, no matter how many monitor adjustments I asked for and no matter how weird it may have seemed that I travelled with a red pillow everywhere I went. Oh, you didn’t know I do that? See, this is why you subscribe.
Then there’s The Aristocrats. I kind of feel like we’re the dog who caught the car: Somehow, we managed to tour the whole world this time (yes, Florida, we know, we owe you one). I hope it’s not betraying a confidence, but I want to relay a conversation that Steve Vai and I had at the very beginning of the band’s existence. It was a chat about the business end of things, and the challenges we’d face as a new band in the instrumental scene. At some point, he said to me, “You know, you guys are going to have to tour your asses off.” I think we just did that? Yeah, we did.
Some truth: I’m particularly proud of what Guthrie, Marco and I were able to pull off these past 18 months, and I want to immediately accompany that perhaps unseemly, self-congratulatory sentiment by once again thanking everyone in Aristocrats World – booking agents, touring partners and crew, promoters, publicists, and especially the fans – for helping us reach the far corners of the globe with our very unusual and decidedly not-mainstream music. Only because of a massive effort on everyone’s part was it possible to hear a crowd in India sing the melody to “Get It Like That”, or watch a genuine moshpit open up in the end of our Buenos Aires show, or hear the “Smuggler’s Corridor” melody sung around the world, or have people throwing rubber chickens and pigs at us every other night. Sometimes, it didn’t seem like we were playing instrumental music. It just felt like a regular old rock concert. And I mean that in the most affectionate and positive way possible.
If you want to relive or review the whirlwind world tour we just finished, the best place to do it is at The Aristocrats’ Facebook Page, where you can see the whole thing in reverse chronological order, with a ton of pictures and stories throughout. For nostalgia’s sake, I’ve taken the liberty of posting my entire touring schedule of the past 18 months on this special page right here. Perhaps you were at one of these shows. At the risk of repeating myself: Thank you so, so much.
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What now? My road energy is a bit spent (yes, that actually happens), so I’m looking to 2017 to recharge and leave space to spend more time at home and actually take some time off. But also…
…it’s been quite a long time since I put out a solo album, has it not? Perhaps you started following me when The Aristocrats got going, or when Joe Satriani took me on, or for some other reason in the last six years. If so, you might not know that this list was originally created because I put out a couple of solo albums in the aughts (oughts? awwwts? ‘000000s?) and wanted to create an online machine to reach people interested in such a thing.
In that light, here’s something: I essentially have a whole new solo album in my head, documented in various personal shorthands of the modern age. It’s been rattling around between my ears for much of the past three years, building upon itself, refining and revealing itself in pieces over time. All that while, I knew I wanted to make the demos at home. So I imagine I will be spending a good portion of 2017 exploring that exciting road. I’ll surely have a few other things to share – some clinics, some more studio recordings (hint hint, I’m around now), maybe even some limited touring – that I’ll look forward to announcing when the time is right. And while I’m not sure exactly what else 2017 has in store quite yet, I’m looking forward to this new landscape and welcome it with open arms.
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That’s all for this year. This is the sound of me wishing you, once again, the happiest of holidays, and the most positive and peaceful of transitions into the New Year.
Peace and love to all,
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