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Coming soon: The Aristocrats'
CULTURE CLASH LIVE CD/DVD.
DETHKLOK to play
FESTIVAL SUPREME on 10/25!


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Yes, 3x. An awe-inspiring experience each time. RT @L4VOX: @bryanbeller Bryan, did you ever meet Frank Zappa?
– about 10 hours ago.


@TheSkipjack95 Never promised a cookie. I only dared you. ;-)
– about 10 hours ago.


New BellerBytes, entitled "I Dare You To Read All Of This": http://t.co/TllwR3PZuE
– about 12 hours ago.


Meanwhile, off to South America with @chickenfootjoe. First time there! Can't wait. Dates: http://t.co/nu43b8hjKP
– about 12 hours ago.


Residency tix: 1/29 http://t.co/SV1wO7QNjn - 1/30 http://t.co/12UnRpBcbl - 1/31 http://t.co/aI79uMZHkW - 2/1 http://t.co/rWOZ1CNTyi
– about 12 hours ago.


The Aristocrats 1st-ever residency - Jan 29-30-31 & Feb 1 at @alvasshowroom in San Pedro CA! Debut of new material for upcoming 3rd album.
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@AlexMendu I seriously doubt it. It's beyond our budget - we're going to make up for it by including a ton of stuff. You'll see!
– 8 days ago.


The Aristocrats' "Culture Clash" tour may be over, but the music lives on: Full album transcriptions & backing trax: http://t.co/kEjteSUliP
– 8 days ago.


@BassPlayerNow thanks for the RT! tho for the record, that pedalboard in the article pic is *not* mine. :-)
– 11 days ago.


@jennifergracen thanks babe! huge hugs to you too!
– 11 days ago.


@DavidADorsey Heh. :-)
– 11 days ago.


@veldhuid boy, I wish we could make that happen. know anybody over at rocksmith? :-)
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@rdread1 right?! you knew better than most how improbable it all was. and now we have a self-sustaining indie record company. who knew?!
– 11 days ago.


@zorknapp writing for next @acratsband CD is already underway. my 3 songs are done! tracking in February 2015. breaking news here! :-)
– 11 days ago.


@Pip55 we'll save a spot on the dance floor for her. :-)
– 11 days ago.


@zebpedersen indeed! we've got another record to make now.
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@Pip55 it's a Premium Economy seat on Air New Zealand. Space Seats, I think they call them. I'll take any upgrade for a 10-hour flight!
– 11 days ago.


@Martin_Graves you're very welcome. thank Steve Vai and Brendon Small of Dethklok - they got me back in the game!
– 11 days ago.


@xecretcode I used to do it before I was on the road for 300 days a year! it's tough now. If you're in SoCal it could happen...
– 11 days ago.


@zebpedersen we've talked about it, but we're so jazzed to play our own music after so many years of being sidemen, it just never happens!
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The Aristocrats’ January 2015 Residency At Alvas Showroom…And Way Too Many Other Things

Friday, September 19, 2014

I write to you from Los Angeles Airport, about to leave for my first ever tour of South America with Joe Satriani. To say I’m excited would be an understatement! Here’s the dates, and then I’ll share some hot news from Aristocrats World.

Joe Satriani “Unstoppable Momentum”
World Tour 2014 – Mexico/South America Leg
(Joe Satriani, Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller, Marco Minnemann)

(For full details and ticket purchase links, please visit Joe Satriani’s official tours page)

Sep 20 – Metropolitan Theatre – Mexico City, MX
Sep 23 – Parque Salitre Magico – Bogota, CO
Sep 25 – Movistar Arena – Santiago, CL
Sep 27 & 28 – Gran Rex Theatre – Buenos Aires, AR
Oct 01 – Citi Bank Hall – Sao Paulo, BR
Oct 03 – Net Live Brasilia – Brasilia, BR

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Now, as promised…The Aristocrats are proud to announce our first-ever residency, at one of our favorite venues: Alvas Showroom in San Pedro, CA.

The four shows will take place the week after the January 2015 NAMM show in Anaheim, CA. And it’s a special occasion, because we’ll be debuting material from our upcoming third studio album, which we’re going to record right after this residency is over. So we’ll be working through these songs for the first time live, and the idea is that we’ll carry that live energy into the studio with us.

Even though we’re doing four shows, seats are still limited (Alvas capacity is about 80), so if you’re thinking of attending, we strongly recommend advance purchase through the Alvas website, at the links below:

THE ARISTOCRATS
FOUR-NIGHT RESIDENCY AT ALVAS SHOWROOM
SAN PEDRO, CA, USA

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 8:00pm
http://alvasshowroom.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=693143

Friday, January 30, 2015, 8:00pm
http://alvasshowroom.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=693144

Saturday, January 31, 2015, 7:30pm
http://alvasshowroom.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=693145

Sunday, February 1, 2015, 5pm
http://alvasshowroom.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=693146

Hope to see you there. Should be fun. :-)

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What else?

* I’ve got more Satriani dates (Australia/New Zealand/Singapore) and a very special Dethklok date up at my calendar page, if you want details on that.

* The Aristocrats Culture Clash World Tour may be over (and it was amazing – THANK YOU to our fans worldwide who made it such a success!), but the music lives on…in the form of full transcriptions and no-bass mix packages available at Jam Track Central. The guitar packages have been up for a while, but the bass and drums full transcriptions/backing tracks packages posted only recently. Word is that guitarists are more interested in this kind of stuff than bassists are. That’s what the company tells me, anyway. I say to that, poppycock! Hey bassists: Don’t let those skinny-string people hold that rep over you. You know what to do to fix this situation, right? (Yeah, I’ve been working on that sales pitch for a while now.)

* I’ll be recording more educational material for Jamplay.com in the coming months. Has anyone out there checked out that site, or my lessons there? If so, were they cool or did you pass out from boredom? Market research, yo.

* My friends at Gallien-Krueger just posted a video of me playing along to The Aristocrats’ “Living The Dream” in front of a gigantic wall of their gear. I really heart my GK rig. Especially the MB Fusion super-portable amp. Did you know that I’ve been using that as the preamp for all of my Satrani touring? Also, I carried one of those little guys all over Asia with The Aristocrats just now. No matter what other backline showed up, I could use that thing and my sound was totally there. It’s awesome.

I can’t keep track of this stuff anymore. I’ve been deep in mixing on the upcoming Aristocrats album Culture Clash Live, which will be an epic release once it’s done. And I have to fly now.

Whoosh,
BB

Aristocrats “Culture Clash” World Tour Done – Now Off To South America

Monday, September 8, 2014

Well, That Is That. After 15 months and over 100 shows around the world, the Aristocrats’ “Culture Clash” World Tour is now in the books. T H A N K Y O U to everyone all over the world who came out to see us play way too many notes and make funny noises with toy animals and smartphone synth apps. BOING, we’ll do it again…sometime next year.

Here’s an amazing photo essay from The Aristocrats’ gig in Vietnam, which somehow symbolizes the amazingness and improbability of it all.

I now get 9 days at home before leaving for South America with Joe Satriani. It will be my very first trip there and it’s long overdue. Check out the dates on the calendar page. You’ll see a Dethklok one-off gig in L.A. on October 25, plus more Satriani dates in Australia and New Zealand in November (first time for me there as well). So, you know, it’s worth the click.

What else? Here’s the official tour-ending Aristocrats wrap-up post from their website, with some exclusive news about future releases and shows.

And here’s a photo album (on Facebook, sorry) from my recent trip to The Blue Lagoon in Iceland. Seriously, I can’t make this stuff up.  Here’s a preview pic from that.

I don’t really know what else to say, except, thank you to everyone who apparently cares enough about what I’m doing to make this surreal life possible. I’ll do it for as long as I’m able.

BB

Goodbye Asia…Hello Europe. Again.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

(Shamelessly stolen from The Aristocrats’ latest post…more BB-flavored content to arrive later.)

And that’s that. Thank you ASIA for an amazing three weeks! We sign off from Osaka, Japan, for just a few days before we reconvene in Italy for the final 5 dates of the “Culture Clash” world tour. And here’s some news:

* We ARE working on a live CD/DVD of the “Culture Clash” tour, and it’s going to contain footage from literally all over the world – including two stops on our Asia tour. More details on this soon!

* The bass/drums backing tracks and complete transcriptions from “Culture Clash” will be available at JamTrackCentral on September 1.

* Here’s the European dates that will wrap up the entire “Culture Clash” World Tour:

Aug 28 – Rock On Festival (free entrance) – Martirano Lombardo (Catanzaro), IT
Sep 1 – Porgy & Bess – Vienna, AT
Sep 3 – Cafe Rosenberg – Reykjavik, ICELAND ***(VENUE UPDATED ON AUG 28)***
Sep 5 – P60 – Amstelveen, NL
Sep 6 – The Woolley Festival – Merkins Farm, Bradford Leigh, Bradford on Avon, UK

And finally, as we like to say, here’s a shot of the band in Osaka after the last show ended last night. Thanks again to all!!

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On Tour In Asia

Saturday, August 16, 2014

I don’t really have any big news or anything – I just wanted to share a couple of pictures from this absolutely amazing tour of Asia I’m currently on with The Aristocrats. Here’s one of me in the Forbidden City, in Beijing:

And here’s one from the stage of our show in…Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Hard to believe I get to do this.

For the remaining dates in Asia and Europe – the final dates of the “Culture Clash” World Tour,  check out the calendar page. And to everyone I just met in China, Korea, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Taiwan – thank you for making our shows such a success!

BB

The Aristocrats in Asia & Satch In The Southern Hemisphere!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Well, hello everyone. It’s been a while – two months, exactly – since I set sail for Europe on the Good Ship Satriani. It’s been an amazing ride, one in which I found myself all over the south coast of France, all over Spain, and even in Monte Carlo for 2 days. If you’re at all interested in my more tourist-y pictures, I put together a little album on Facebook, which you can see by going here:

http://www.facebook.com/bryanbellerbass

Not sure if you were aware of this, but the Satch tour got extended for a week as we filled in on some French festival dates that Jeff Beck had to cancel due to illness. It’s been fun, but it also meant that instead of having 10 days at home in between Satch Europe and Aristocrats Asia, I’ll now have…3 days. That should be interesting!

Once I gather some sleep, I’ll head back out with The Aristocats for 3 weeks in SE Asia, followed by a few select fly dates in Europe that will serve as the end of our wild, worldwide Culture Clash tour. Wondering what those dates are? Wonder no more:

THE ARISTOCRATS
CULTURE CLASH WORLD TOUR
SE ASIA LEG

Aug 4 – Seoul – Gunguk University Auditory – KOREA
Aug 6 – Beijing – Mao Live House – CHINA
Aug 8 – Shanghai – Q.House (QSW) – CHINA
Aug 10 – Tai Peh – Riverside Live Music House – TAIWAN (clinic + concert)
Aug 11 – Hong Kong – KITEC MusicZone – HONG KONG (clinic + concert)
Aug 13 – Ho Chi Minh City – HCMC Music Center – VIETNAM
Aug 15 – Manila – Amber Ultra Lounge – PHILIPPINES (clinic + concert)
Aug 17 – Bangkok –  Overdrive Magazine Anniversary (Aksra Theater) – THAILAND
Aug 19 – Tokyo – Club Citta – JAPAN
Aug 20 – Osaka – Big Cat – JAPAN

SELECT EUROPE LEG

Aug 28 – Rock On Festival (free entrance) – Martirano Lombardo (Catanzaro), IT
Sep 1 – Porgy & Bess – Vienna, AT
Sep 3 – Harpa/Norðurljós – Reykjavik, ICELAND
Sep 5 – P60 – Amstelveen, NL
Sep 6 – The Woolley Festival – Merkins Farm, Bradford Leigh, Bradford on Avon, UK

After that I’m off to South America with Satriani, then back home for a one-off with Dethklok, then down to Australia and New Zealand with Satriani. It looks like this:

JOE SATRIANI
UNSTOPPABLE MOMENTUM WORLD TOUR
SOUTH AMERICA LEG

Sep 20 – Metropolitan Theatre – Mexico City, MX
Sep 23 – Parque Salitre Magico – Bogota, CO
Sep 25 – Movistar Arena – Santiago, CL
Sep 27 & 28 – Gran Rex Theatre – Buenos Aires, AR
Oct 01 – Citi Bank Hall – Sao Paulo, BR
Oct 03 – Net Live Brasilia – Brasilia, BR
Oct 05 – Agora Case De Cultura – Quito, EC

AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND LEG

Nov 1 – ASB Theatre – Auckland, NZ
Nov 2 – Opera House – Wellington, NZ
Nov 4 – The Tivoli – Brisbane, AU
Nov 6 – State Theatre – Sydney, AU
Nov 8 – Palais Theatre – Melbourne, AU
Nov 9 – Her Majesty’s Theatre – Adelaide, AU
Nov 11 – Astor Theatre – Perth, AU

There’s probably one more short Satriani leg (to be announced soon), and in December I’ll sleep for a month. :-)

Oh, and here’s that Dethklok show info:

Saturday, KLOKtober 25, 2014
DETHKLOK
at Music & Comedy Festival Supreme
L.A. Sports Arena & Exposition Park
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Also performing: Tenacious D, Cheech & Chong, Margaret Cho, Fred Armison, Janeane Garafalo…and way way more!

What else? Isn’t that enough? It is for me, for now. I really just wanted to say hi. I hope you’re all having a wonderful summer, friends out there in Digitalia.

Best wishes to all,
BB

2014 Summer/Fall Touring Schedule: Satriani, Aristocrats, Dethklok

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Just like that, my vacation is over and I’m back in rehearsals with Joe Satriani, who actually took this picture. Not bad, right?

Looks like it’s time to hit the road for the rest of the year! Here’s a summary of the festivities. Just start every line after the colon with “I’ll be with”. Go!

* Now through July 20: Joe Satriani in NY/CT & then Europe
* August 1-21: The Aristocrats in Asia
* August 28-September 6: The Aristocrats in Europe
* September 18-October 6: Joe Satriani in South America
* October 25: Dethklok In Los Angeles

I’m getting jetlagged just thinking about it. But I’m looking forward to it and hope to see some of you out there on this very international and somewhat exotic (Vietnam! Iceland!) latter half of 2014.

Want to see all of the dates in a neatly listed format? Of course you do. Just click here for that little bit of internet magic.

Meanwhile, here’s a picture of where I was just recently. (Don’t ask me why it’s upside down. I tried for 30 minutes to fix it, but finally I just gave up.)

I’ve been ever more fascinated by the Pacific Crest Trail, and not just because I just read Cheryl Strayed’s book “Wild” – I’ve been interested in it for years. Now I live in one of the “trail towns” and I’ve been seeing the thru-hikers (hiker trash, as they call themselves) coming through this whole past month. It’s been inspiring. Have any intrepid BellerBytes subscribers ever hiked the PCT? Maybe one day I just might…until then, I think this schedule should keep me busy enough.

Citizens of the world (and also New York and Connecticut), hope to see you out there!

Cheers to all,
Bryan

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Joe Satriani “Unstoppable Momentum”
World Tour 2014 – Europe Leg
(Joe Satriani, Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller, Marco Minnemann)

Jun 7 – The Space At Westbury – Westbury, NY
Jun 9 – The Iridium Club – New York, NY
Jun 10 – The Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT
Jun 14 – Loreley – St. Goarshausen, DE
Jun 15 – TivoliVrendenburg (Ronda Hall) – Utretcht, NL
Jun 16 – Posten – Odense, DK
Jun 17 – Amager Bio – Copenhagen, DK
Jun 18 – Rockefeller – Oslo, NO
Jun 20 – Rockhal Club – Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX
Jun 21 – La Trebendo, Paris, FR
Jun 23 – L’Olympia – Paris, FR
Jun 24 – Openluchttheatre – Antwerp, BE
Jun 25 – Garage Saarbrücken – Saarbrucken, DE
Jun 26 – Zeltfestival – Ulm, DE
Jun 27 – Tollhaus – Karlsruhe, DE
Jun 28 – Jazz’n'Blues Festival – Rapperswil-Jona, CH
Jun 30 – La Laiterie – Strasbourg, FR
Jul 01 – Casino – Amneville, FR
Jul 02 – La Cooperative de Mai – Clermont-Ferrand, FR
Jul 03 – Cascina San Giacomo – Rezzato, Brescia, IT
Jul 04 – Diga Nazario Sauro – Grado, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, IT
Jul 06 – Festival Jazz a Vienne – Vienne, FR (with Jeff Beck!)
Jul 08 – Espace Malraux – Six-Fours-les-Plages, FR
Jul 10 – Auditorio Casa de Cultura de Burjassot – Valencia, ES
Jul 11 – Patio San Benito – Valladolid, ES
Jul 12 – Teatro Axerquia – Cordoba, ES
Jul 14 – Grec Theatre – Barcelona, ES
Jul 15 – Real Jardín Botánico Alfonso XIII – Madrid, ES
Jul 16 – Auditorio Mar de Vigo – Vigo, ES
Jul 18 – Super Bock, Super Rock – Meco, PT
Jul 19 – Festival de Carcassone – Carcassone, FR
Jul 20 – Crazy Week!! The Nice Pop Rock Festival – Nice, FR

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The Aristocrats
(Guthrie Govan, Bryan Beller, Marco Minnemann)
Culture Clash World Tour

Asia Leg

Aug 4 – Seoul – Gunguk University Auditory – KOREA
Aug 6 – Beijing – Mao Live House – CHINA
Aug 8 – Shanghai – Q.House (QSW) – CHINA
Aug 10 – Tai Peh – Riverside Live Music House – TAIWAN (clinic + concert)
Aug 11 – Hong Kong – KITEC MusicZone – HONG KONG
Aug 13 – Ho Chi Minh City – HCMC Music Center – VIETNAM
Aug 15 – Manila – Amber Ultra Lounge – PHILIPPINES (clinic + concert)
Aug 17 – Bangkok – Overdrive Magazine Anniversary (Aksra Theater) – THAILAND
Aug 19 – Tokyo – Club Citta – JAPAN
Aug 20 – Osaka – Big Cat – JAPAN

Europe Leg Addendum

Aug 28 – Rock On Festival (free entrance) – Martirano Lombardo (Catanzaro), IT
Sep 3 – Harpa/Norðurljós – Reykjavik, ICELAND
Sep 5 – P60 – Amstelveen, NL
Sep 6 – The Woolley Festival – Merkins Farm, Bradford Leigh, Bradford on Avon, UK

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Joe Satriani “Unstoppable Momentum”
World Tour 2014 – Mexico/South America Leg
(Joe Satriani, Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller, Marco Minnemann)
(MORE DATES TBA)

Sep 20 – Metropolitan Theatre – Mexico City, MX
Sep 23 – Parque Salitre Magico – Bogota, CO
Sep 25 – Movistar Arena – Santiago, CL
Sep 27 & 28 – Gran Rex Theatre – Buenos Aires, AR
Oct 01 – Citi Bank Hall – Sao Paulo, BR
Oct 03 – Net Live Brasilia – Brasilia, BR
Oct 05 – Agora Casa De Cultura – Quito, EC

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Saturday, KLOKtober 25, 2014
DETHKLOK

at Music & Comedy Festival Supreme
L.A. Sports Arena & Exposition Park
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037
Also performing: Tenacious D, Cheech & Chong, Margaret Cho, Fred Armison, Janeane Garafalo…and way way more!

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Home. Rest. Then: More Satriani (Europe) & Aristocrats (S.E. Asia) Touring, Because Of Course.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

A few months ago I announced that I’d be touring for three months straight with The Aristocrats in the U.S., Mexico, and then Europe, and I asked the question: Would I survive? Well, I survived, and the tour was beyond amazing, and thank you to EVERYONE who came out and made it a success…but in the end there was a lot of this:



Real men wear nap hats with tassles on top.

But in the end it was, like I said, amazing that this band that started from nothing could tour for as long as we did and have people showing up wherever we went. Here’s a shot from the last night of the whole damned thing, in Tel Aviv, Israel in front of about 600 people.


And here’s a bonus shot of me looking all like, f*ck yeah.



As Guthrie would say: It’s almost like a proper job.

So now I’m home resting for a glorious six weeks (!) before heading back out on the road again, first with Joe Satriani in Europe (with a brief stop in the United States Northeast), and then with The Aristocrats in Southeast Asia, to some truly exotic locales. Observe:

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Joe Satriani “Unstoppable Momentum”
World Tour 2014
(Joe Satriani, Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller, Marco Minnemann)

Jun 7 – The Space At Westbury – Westbury, NY
Jun 10 – The Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT
Jun 14 – Loreley – St. Goarshausen, DE
Jun 15 – TivoliVrendenburg (Ronda Hall) – Utretcht, NL
Jun 16 – Posten – Odense, DK
Jun 17 – Amager Bio – Copenhagen, DK
Jun 18 – Rockefeller – Oslo, NO
Jun 20 – Rockhal Club – Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX
Jun 21 – La Trebendo, Paris, FR
Jun 23 – L’Olympia – Paris, FR
Jun 24 – Openluchttheatre – Antwerp, BE
Jun 25 – Garage Saarbrücken – Saarbrucken, DE
Jun 26 – Zeltfestival – Ulm, DE
Jun 27 – Tollhaus – Karlsruhe, DE
Jun 28 – Jazz’n'Blues Festival – Rapperswil-Jona, CH
Jun 30 – La Laiterie – Strasbourg, FR
Jul 01 – Casino – Amneville, FR
Jul 02 – La Cooperative de Mai – Clermont-Ferrand, FR
Jul 03 – Cascina San Giacomo – Rezzato, Brescia, IT
Jul 04 – Diga Nazario Sauro – Grado, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, IT
Jul 06 – Festival Jazz a Vienne – Vienne, FR (with Jeff Beck!)
Jul 08 – Espace Malraux – Six-Fours-les-Plages, FR
Jul 12 – Teatro Axerquia – Cordoba, ES
Jul 14 – Grec Theatre – Barcelona, ES
Jul 19 – Festival de Carcassone – Carcassone, FR
Jul 20 – Crazy Week!! The Nice Pop Rock Festival – Nice, FR

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The Aristocrats
(Guthrie Govan, Bryan Beller, Marco Minnemann)
Culture Clash World Tour
Southeast Asia Leg

Aug 4 – Seoul – Gunguk University Auditory – KOREA
Aug 6 – Beijing – Mao Live House – CHINA
Aug 8 – Shanghai – Q.House (QSW) – CHINA
Aug 10 – Tai Peh – Riverside Live Music House – TAIWAN (clinic + concert)
Aug 11 – Hong Kong – KITEC MusicZone – HONG KONG (clinic + concert)
Aug 15 – Manila – Hard Rock Cafe Makati – PHILIPPINES (clinic + concert)
Aug 17 – Bangkok – Overdrive Magazine Anniversary (venue tbc) – THAILAND
Aug 19 – Tokyo – Club Citta – JAPAN
Aug 20 – Osaka – Big Cat – JAPAN

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It’s somehow fitting that we’re going back to Southeast Asia at what appears to be the near-final leg of the “Culture Clash” tour, because that’s where it all began – we went to Korea and Japan in July of 2011, two months before our debut album was even out! It’s been a wild ride since then, and I’m grateful for all of it.

OK, back to recovering now. See you when I’m tan, rested and ready.

BB

WesFest 9 Featuring John Patitucci – and The Aristocrats’ European Tour Kickoff

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Hey everyone. We’ve got two big things to talk about here:

* WesFest 9, featuring John Patitucci
and
* The Aristocrats “Culture Clash” European Tour

I’ll take the first part first, Bob: The 9th Annual WesFest fundraising drive kicks off right now. It’s centered around the WesFest 9 benefit concert, which goes to benefit the Wes Wehmiller Scholarship at Berklee College Of Music. This year’s headliner is a musical hero of mine – the one and only John Patitucci, in his first L.A. performance in many years – and it’s going to be at an intimate venue: The Baked Potato in Los Angeles, CA. The bill will also feature Joe Travers & Friends (a rotating hotshot lineup), as well as Danny Mo & The Exciters featuring 2013 Wes Wehmiller Scholarship Award Winner Max McKellar, with Jonathan “JR” Robinson and Kira Small.

Ticket sales are also a little different. Because of the smaller venue, tickets will be made available first to those on the event’s mailing list. Not on it? Then get on it! Just e-mail wesfest@weswehmiller.net and make the request. General tickets go on sale to the public on February 17.

Can’t make the show? It’s OK, you can donate anyway! We’ve raised over $160K to date for the Wehmiller Scholarship Fund, and some amazing bassists and people have benefited from it. The goal this year is to raise another $20K, which doesn’t only happen from ticket sales.

So it’s a group effort, and all the info you need to know about the multi-act event – and more if you click around the Wes website, which I encourage you to do – can be found by clicking right here.

If you’ve followed me for any length of time then you probably know that I’ve helped to organize this whole thing since its inception in 2006. This year I’m unable to do that or be there because I’ll be bouncing around the globe with The Aristocrats (and the tireless Stacey Ferguson is leading this year’s effort), but I’m still committed to seeing the event succeed. I hope you’ll join me in that effort, in any way that you’re moved to do so.

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And now, the just-as-important Part 2 of our update: The Aristocrats’ European “Culture Clash” tour starts tonight in Bilbao, Spain! There’s been a couple of small changes to the tour itinerary, so here’s the latest official list of dates:

THE ARISTOCRATS
“CULTURE CLASH” TOUR
WINTER 2014

(a few more dates still TBD)

February 6th – Bilbao, SP – Cafe Antkozia
February 7th – Madrid, SP – La Sala Live
February 8th – Valencia, SP – Sala Loco
February 9th – Barcelona, SP – Luz de Gas
February 11th – Nice, FR – B Spot
February 12th – La Valette du Var, FR – Le Vox
February 14th – Paris, FR – Le Zebre
February 15th – Eeklo, BE – JH de Route
February 17th – London, England, UK – The Garage
February 18th – Bristol, England, UK – The Fleece
February 19th – Leamington, England, UK – The Assembly
February 20th – Manchester, England, UK – Band on the Wall
February 21st – Newcastle, England, UK – The Cluny
February 23rd – Edinburgh, Scotland, UK – Liquid Room
February 24th – Dublin, IE – The Grand Social
February 26th – Tilburg, NL – Paradox
February 27th – Verviers, BE – Spirit of 66
February 28th – Zoetermeer, NL – De Boerderij
March 1st – Esch Sur Alzette, LUX – Kulturfabrik
March 2nd – Munich, DE – Backstage Werk
March 4th – Berlin, DE – Kesselhaus
March 5th – Hamburg, DE – Fabrik
March 9th – Dortmund, DE – Domicile
March 10th – Cologne, DE – Kantine
March 11th – Ludwigshafen am Rhein, DE – Das Haus
March 12th – Reichenbach, DE – Bergkeller
March 13th – Dresden, DE – Tante Ju
March 15th – Warszaw, PL – Progresja
March 16th – Krakow, PL – Lizard King
March 17th – Olomouc, CZ – Jazz Tibet Club
March 20th – Milano, IT – Live Forum
March 21st – Rubigen, CH – Muhle Hunziken
March 22nd – Castegnato (Brescia), IT – Gasoline Road Bar
March 23rd – San Giovanni alla Vena, Pisa, IT – Blitz Live Music Pub
March 26th – Verona, IT – Officina degli Angeli
March 27th – Moncalieri (Torino) IT – Audiodrome
March 29th – Larvik, NO – Larvik Guitar Festival
April 4th and 5th – Athens, GR – Athina Live Club
April 7th – Roccaforzata (Taranto), IT – Saloon Public House
April 8th – Caserta, IT – City Life
April 9th – Rome, IT – Planet Roma
April 11th – Istanbul, TR – Roxy Club
April 13th – Herzliya (Tel Aviv), ISRAEL – Zappa-club Herzliya
March 24th through April 2nd – ITALY/EASTERN EUROPE TBA

Click here for full info and ticket links on these dates.

Taking a step back for a second, the “Culture Clash” tour just finished up a great run through the U.S. West and Mexico (including first-ever shows in Denver, ABQ, Phoenix, Vegas, Mexicali and Mexico City), and we hereby thank everyone who came out to see those shows. Here’s a composite shot from our gig at the Charvel Guitars-sponsored NAMM Jam in Anaheim, CA, as part of a bill with djenters Periphery and metal legend Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel. Fun was had by all.

And, of course, don’t forget to follow The Aristocrats on Facebook and Twitter for updates from the road.

That’s it for now – time to hit the road in a van across Europe for 10 weeks. :-)

Cheers to all,
Bryan Beller

2014 Kickoff: Three Months Of Aristocrats Touring – Will I Survive?

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

There’s only one way to find out, I guess.

As of this posting, in three days I’ll hit the road for three months. It’s all with The Aristocrats, and it’s going to be a wild and wooly trip through the U.S. Southwest, Mexico, and then 10 weeks in Europe. No guts, no glory, YOLO, all that stuff. Because why not?

The most current dates are always on the calendar page. You know that already, because you’re just. that. smart. But I thought I’d remind you anyway, because I’m just. that. OCD.

Of course, if you want the official version of the latest and greatest events, you can always check out the most recent BellerBytes, which has a ton of links to Aristocrats social media world. That’s where I’ll be posting mostly over the next three months, so I implore you to click that BellerBytes link, and then click the other links, and then just clickclickclickclick until you’re downright saturated with information. That’s how the internets work best, right?

Seriously, thanks for being here, and here’s to a great 2014 for you and yours. Hope to see you out there on the road this year somewhere on the small ball we call home.

Packing, packing, packing,
BB

2013, It’s Been Real

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

It’s been a wild year ’round these parts:

* Two Mike Keneally tours
* Two Joe Satriani tours
* Two Aristocrats tours and a big album release (Culture Clash)

and I just wanted to take a brief moment to wish you all the very best of holiday seasons, and to thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading along these past 12 months (and for many of you, far longer). I never forget that it’s your support of what I’m up to that makes it possible for me to have a life as a working musician. You’ve already given me the greatest gift I could ever hope to have. I’ll do my best to honor that gift in the busy months – and hopefully busy years – to come.

And if you’re already here, you might as well sign up for BellerBytes, my e-mail news thingy that I, if I have anything to do with it, will continue to be the most info-packed yet still readably entertaining newsletter I can produce. (Don’t make me resort to headstands in a clown suit, because I’ll do it.) Just click that link to have the latest tour dates and other news delivered straight to your digital doorstep. You know you want to.

That’s all I got. Wherever you are, whoever you’re with…

Happy merry everything,
Bryan Beller

P.S. 2014 latest tour dates below, now with Las Vegas, France, Turkey, Germany and Israel updates…

The Aristocrats “Culture Clash” Tour
U.S. West/Mexico Leg – January 2014
(for details on all dates, visit The Aristocrats calendar page)

1/13 – Denver, CO – Quixote’s True Blue
1/17 – Phoenix, AZ – Pub Rock Live
1/18 – Mexicali, Baja, MEXICO – Casa De La Cultura
1/19 – Las Vegas, NV – Las Vegas Country Saloon
1/21 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
1/25 – Whittier, CA – The Center Theater (CalProg) – double bill with The Stickmen (Tony Levin, Pat Mastellotto and Markus Reuter)
1/26 – San Pedro, CA – Alvas Showroom
1/28 – Mexico City, MEXICO – Centro Cultural Roberto Cantoral
1/30 – San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brew
2/1 – San Francisco, CA – Biscuits & Blues

The Aristocrats “Culture Clash” Tour
Europe Leg – Winter 2014
(for details on all dates, visit The Aristocrats calendar page)

February 6th – Bilbao, SP – Cafe Antkozia
February 7th – Madrid, SP – La Sala Live
February 8th – Valencia, SP – Sala Loco
February 9th – Barcelona, SP – Luz de Gas
February 11th – Nice, FR – B Spot
February 12th – La Valette du Var, FR – Le Vox
February 14th – Paris, FR – Le Zebre
February 15th – Eeklo, BE – JH de Route
February 17th – London, England, UK – The Garage
February 18th – Bristol, England, UK – The Fleece
February 19th – Leamington, England, UK – The Assembly
February 20th – Manchester, England, UK – Band on the Wall
February 21st – Newcastle, England, UK – The Cluny
February 23rd – Edinburgh, Scotland, UK – Liquid Room
February 24th – Dublin, IE – The Grand Social
February 26th – Tilburg, NL – Paradox
February 27th – Verviers, BE – Spirit of 66
February 28th – Zoetermeer, NL – De Boerderij
March 1st – Esch Sur Alzette, LUX – Kulturfabrik
March 2nd – Munich, DE – Backstage Werk
March 4th – Berlin, DE – Frannz
March 5th – Hamburg, DE – Fabrik
March 6th – Worpswede, DE – Music Hall
March 9th – Dortmund, DE – Domicile
March 10th – Cologne, DE – Kantine
March 11th – Ludwigshafen am Rhein, DE – Das Haus
March 12th – Reichenbach, DE – Bergkeller
March 13th – Dresden, DE – Tante Ju
March 15th – Warszaw, PL – Progresja
March 16th – Krakow, PL – Lizard King
March 17th – Olomouc, CZ – Jazz Tibet Club
April 4th and 5th – Athens, GR – Athina Live Club
April 7th – Roccaforzata (Taranto), IT – Saloon Public House
April 11th – Istanbul, TR – Roxy Club
April 13th – Herzliya (Tel Aviv), ISRAEL – Zappa-club Herzliya
March 18th through April 10th – ITALY/EASTERN EUROPE & MORE TBA

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