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Joe Satriani announces the first dates
of the SHOCKWAVE tour: Nov. in the UK
The Aristocrats just finished
tracking their 3rd studio album. :-)


Beller on Twitter

So, if you're close, pls support WesFest 10 @TheRoxy on Sun 3/8 feat. @VictorWooten @MikeKeneally & many more! http://t.co/qoFd9OfAi7
– about 8 hours ago.


L.A. - we need your help to make WesFest 10 a success. So far ticket sales < past years. It's a great cause: Berklee Wehmiller Scholarship.
– about 8 hours ago.


Attn L.A.: WesFest 10 feat. @VictorWooten @MikeKeneally & many more is in 10 days! I'm playing and MC'ing. Join us! http://t.co/Om6gxabHVC
– about 8 hours ago.


That's a long commute from L.A. :-) RT @kyleplhms3: @bryanbeller any chance you'll stop by the GG clinic in NY?
– 5 days ago.


New BellerBytes: @VictorWooten headlines WesFest 10 at @TheRoxy on 3/8! Tix here: http://t.co/TwCZzjKxSi - FullBytes: http://t.co/UkNmViOAjG
– 9 days ago.


Left to right: Guthrie Govan, Steve Vai, Brendon Small, Gene Hoglan, me. For Brendon's 40th birthday… http://t.co/oov65Rzma4
– 10 days ago.


@forkedtongue7 is that the Ibrahimovic dude? or is it another footballer I apparently look like?
– 11 days ago.


@bbennettbass nice to meet you as well! I remember you. you won the amp, right?
– 11 days ago.


@mattstevensloop thank you! for once I'm in creative mode and I just want to stay here foreverm even though that's not possible. :-)
– 12 days ago.


@mattstevensloop can we revisit this in a month please? :-) my brain needs time to recharge and get this record out of mixing.
– 12 days ago.


@mattstevensloop hey Matt! good to hear from you. that is so very very far off right now...just got out of 10 days in studio...
– 12 days ago.


Truth: Tracking this Aristocrats album is the most rewarding recording work I've ever done, bar none. I can't wait for you to hear it.
– 12 days ago.


Just finished the last bits of tracking for the new @acratsband record at Sunset Sound. Best studio ever. I don't want to leave. Sob.
– 12 days ago.


The To'Hajiilee Men's Choir: Brendon Small, Ben Thomas, and myself, tracking Very Speical Vocals (!)… http://t.co/lAlNQ8H1ag
– 12 days ago.


@AlanMonrealHM I'm honored - thanks so much for your comment. :-)
– 19 days ago.


Also, @chickenfootjoe has announced the very 1st dates (UK) of the upcoming SHOCKWAVE world tour. Check his site for more info. Can't wait!
– 22 days ago.


Starting tomorrow, I'm in the studio w/ @acratsband for the next 10 days cutting our 3rd album. Can't believe I get to do this for a living.
– 22 days ago.


Yes indeed. :-) RT @alunvaughan: @bryanbeller Are you doing the Satriani UK dates in November Mr B?
– 23 days ago.


@BryanBeller1 Unreal that you play bass. What make/model? Can I call you to sub gigs for me? ;-)
– 31 days ago.


@BryanBeller1 Either way, I believe we'll be playing Detroit with @acratsband in the end of July. Hope to meet you there - we'll take a pic!
– 31 days ago.


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The Latest: WesFest 10 Featuring Victor Wooten, And Plenty More

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hello again-

I’ll get what’s going on with me in a bit, but right now I want to put the focus squarely on the WesFest 10 Benefit Concert, featuring Victor Wooten, happening on Sunday, March 8 in Los Angeles.

Longtime BellerBytes followers already know about my deep commitment to this cause - The Wes Wehmiller Scholarship at Berklee College Of Music – but for anyone new, Wes Wehmiller was a world-class bassist and dear friend of mine who passed on in 2005 at the too-young age of 33. His parents established the Wehmiller Scholarship at Berklee in his name, and the award goes to a deserving continuing bass student at Berklee who embodies Wes’ spirit both musically and personally. The WesFest benefit concert serves as the centerpiece of an annual fundraising drive for the event. Past headliners have included Allan Holdsworth/Jimmy Haslip, Tal Wilkenfeld, The Aristocrats, Brendon Small’s Galaktikon, Mike Keneally, Stu Hamm, Andrew Gouche, Pino Palladino and John Patitucci. I was honored to be a part of the organizing team for the event’s first 8 years, and the initiative has now rasied over $200,000 since its inception. I know I speak for the family and everyone involved when I say we’re all so grateful for the support we’ve received that it’s hard to know how to express it.

This year is extra special because it’s the 10th anniversary of the event, and we have the one and only Victor Wooten (featuring Steve Bailey and other special guests) as our headliner. Also performing will be Mike Keneally and Beer For Dolphins (I’m playing with Mike!); Danny Mo and The Exciters (featuring JR Robinson and Kira Small), and as always, this year’s scholarship winner (Stefan Sandman) will be flown out from Boston to perform at the event, so donors can see and hear exactly what they’re supporting with their generous donations.

Though I wasn’t part of the core organizing team this year (that credit goes elsewhere!), I will be the M.C. for the evening. If you’re in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 8, I invite you to come down and see for yourself what’s made this event so musically and spiritually special for ten years and counting.

Please click here to learn more, and if you’re so inclined, to get tickets for this very special show. (Also, please remember, even if you can’t attend, you can still donate! Details are all at the link.)

* * * * * * * * * *

I have yet another uncharacteristically altruistic topic to discuss in this week’s BellerBytes, and I appreciate your indulgence in advance: A couple who is extremely close and dear to me is looking to adopt a baby. I know this is a totally out-of-left-field topic, but with me having this embarrassing number of folks following what I’m up to, they’ve asked for my help in spreading the word, and it’s my privilege to do so.

You can learn more about them by going to this website:

http://www.happynycfamily.com/welcome.html

(Yes, I promise, this is really their site and not a scam – you have my word that it’s safe to click!)

I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t know them to be exceptional parents (two kids already, one adopted) and stellar humans. So, with that in mind, I’m asking you to please read their own words below (from their website) and to contact them (either call 888-624-7771 or text 917-636-9763) if you might know of someone considering adoption.

Hello! We are a caring, warm and fun couple who have been married for 12 years. Laurie is a stay-at-home mom and Lawrence has a successful career in financial services. We live in a beautiful neighborhood in New York City with our 9-year old daughter and 3-year old son (who was adopted) and we want to grow our family with another adopted baby. Our favorite things to do are: explore New York City’s fantastic parks, museums and zoos, take family vacations – especially to Disney World and lots of beaches! – and spend relaxing Sunday mornings together playing board games and doing art projects.

We cannot think of a greater gift than the one you are considering. Adoption has already changed our lives. At the same time, we can only imagine how overwhelming this decision must be for you. We hope this site helps you get to know us better as a couple and a family, and how much we would love and cherish your child. We’d love to talk to you, and we can be reached at 888-624-7771.

* * * * * * * *

OK, if you’ve read this far, now I can quickly share with you what’s been up with me:

The Aristocrats - the band I’m in with Guthrie Govan and Marco Minnemann - just spent 10 days tracking a new record at the legendary Sunset Sound studio in Hollywood, CA. I am here to tell you that it was by far the most rewarding recording experience I’ve ever had. Every day we were there, we uncovered another layer and found another reason why the room we were in (Studio 2) was so great. The combination of great vintage gear, the famous reverb chambers (the ones that were used for the early Van Halen albums), and the room sound in the main tracking room all contributed to an environment that encouraged maximum creativity and made us sad to leave. I personally can’t believe how good the rough mixes sound…and as for the material, it’s like nothing we’ve ever done, and we all went for broke in terms of layering the recordings to our heart’s content. The result is a totally new direction for the band, and we all feel like giddy schoolchildren right now. I can’t wait to share this record with you. It drops in late June (exact date TBD) and a U.S. tour immediately follows.

One of the reasons it went so well is that we played the material live at Alvas Showroom for four nights in a row before we went into the studio. That was a really great experience – thanks so much to the fans who came out to watch us (nervously!) play our new babies for the first time. Thanks also to Alvas for hosting the event. Here’s a couple of pix from Alvas and the studio for your amusement.

* Speaking of The Aristocrats, our new live CD/DVD Culture Clash Live (and the limited-edition Secret Show: Live In Osaka) is now out and available for immediate ordering. Lots of people have been kind enough to tell us they dig it, but none more elegantly than the website Echoes And Dust, who really got the cheekiness of it all and compared us to a “charging rhino in a pink tutu.” That’s what we call high praise. Click here to check out previews on our YouTube page, or just click here to order. If you’ve already got it, thanks so much for your support and hope you like it!

* I also recently had the privilege of tracking Joe Satriani’s new album, which is due to drop in September. We did it at Skywalker Sound, George Lucas’ expansive compound which contains multitudes, including an incredibly large tracking room. It was another “pinch me” experience, and I’m very grateful to Joe for letting me contribute to his recording. I really dig the material and hope you will too. Here’s a shot of the room at Skywalker that we lived in for a week. Not bad.

Well. That was a lot of information, so I’ll stop now. Hope you’re all doing well – and if you’re on the east coast, I’m sending as much California sunshine your way as I can.

Best wishes to all,
Bryan

New Aristocrats CD, Keneally Gig, NAMM, WesFest 10!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

It’s a big day over here in BellerWorld, as The Aristocrats’ new CD/DVD Culture Clash Live and 2CD “live bootleg” Secret Show: Live In Osaka have been released into the wild. They’re both available for order and immediate shipment right now. If you pre-ordered through our webstore, thanks so very much. Your digital download of the audio CD should be in your inbox, and the physical copy should already be on its way to you. Some of you might already have it. :-)

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If you’re not the pre-ordering type and were waiting until release day…well, that day has arrived, so you know what to do. And if you’ve been hiding under a rock and haven’t been seeing these hype-o-matic posts over the past couple of months, here’s a few preview videos from the DVD for you:

Official Culture Clash Live DVD Trailer
Behind the scenes of the 20-cam video shoot in Tokyo
Complete song “Culture Clash” live from Bangkok

I couldn’t be prouder to share this with you as a wrap up of the band’s Culture Clash World Tour. It’s also a nice transition as we prepare to head into the studio again in February to make the next album.

One important note from The Aristocrats: We were hoping to launch a pay-for-video-streaming service today for a digital-only version of the DVD. But after a lot of beta testing, it just didn’t work out, and we only want to bring the best possible experience to you. So that’s been shelved. A few folks out there helped us with that beta testing, and we are very grateful to those that did so – a hearty Aristocratic thank you to those brave souls.

But wait, there’s more.

If you’re in Los Angeles, I’ll be playing at The Baked Potato this Wednesday (wait, that’s tomorrow!) with Mike Keneally in the old-school “BFD” trio lineup of Keneally, myself, and Joe Travers on drums. It’s been forever since we did this, so if you’re closeby, we’d love to see you there.

Then I’ll be at The NAMM Show all weekend. You need credentials to enter the hall, but if you’ve got them, I’m doing one live booth appearance, this Saturday at 1pm, for my friends at Mike Lull Custom Guitars. They make basses too, you know.

Right after that it’s time for The Aristocrats’ residency at Alvas Showroom, from January 29 through February 1. We’ll be debuting new material in advance of our next album recording, which follows immediately after the residency ends. However, it appears that all four shows have sold out, which is pretty freakin’ amazing, and we’re very humbled by that. I believe there is a waiting list in the event of cancellations, so if you want to get on that list just call (310) 833-7538.

And finally, the WesFest 10 Benefit Concert is happening at The Roxy in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 8…and the headliner is none other than Victor Wooten! I’ll be playing there as well. This is going to be an amazing night both musically and spiritually, and it’s all for a great cause which longtime readers will know I hold dear: The Wes Wehmiller Scholarship at Berklee College Of Music. Please click here to learn more, and if you’re so inclined, to get tickets for this very special show.

That’s quite enough for one post. Thanks as always for being interested in what I’m up to, and hope to see you somewhere soon.

–BB

Complete Song Preview Video From The Aristocrats’ “Culture Clash Live”

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hello from Skywalker Sound (yes, that Skywalker Sound, the ranch that George Lucas built), where I’m fortunate enough to be recording Joe Satriani’s next studio album. It’s an unbelievable place. Just look at the size of this tracking room.

As one astute Twitter follower slyly commented, “That’s no tracking room, that’s a SPACE STATION.” Well played, @becca2710. :-)

But I’m writing for mainly Aristocratic purposes. We’re only 8 days away from the release date of our live CD/DVD “Culture Clash Live (as well as our “official bootleg” 2CD “Secret Show: Live In Osaka), and we’ve got one last preview video to share with you – the complete song performance of “Culture Clash” from our show in Bangkok, Thailand.

Our good friends at Guitar World are hosting the exclusive video – click here to check it out now!

As we’ve mentioned, “Culture Clash Live” was professionally captured at six different shows in five different countries on three different continents. It’s more ambitious than anything we’ve ever put together.

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And the “official bootleg” from Osaka is a complete show, pretty much start to finish, with no performance edits at all, and the first 1,000 units signed by Guthrie Govan, Marco Minnemann and your humble narrator.

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Pre-orders will start shipping really soon to hit the January 20 release date. So, you know what comes next: Click here to pre-order now!

I feel truly fortunate to be able to share this recording with you, as well as the upcoming new Joe Satriani and Aristocrats studio releases later this year. Stay tuned for details on all of that…

…and if you’re in L.A., don’t forget that I’ll be playing with Mike Keneally and Joe Travers in a 90s-throwback-era version of Keneally’s band Beer For Dolphins at The Baked Potato on Wednesday, January 20. It’s been a long time since we’ve done that and I can’t wait to dig into that vibe again.

That’s all for now. Happy January!

Best wishes to all,
BB

The Aristocrats’ “Culture Clash Live” and “Secret Show: Live In Osaka” Now Available For Pre-Order!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

SURPRISE! We (and by we, I mean The Aristocrats) are launching the pre-sale of our new live CD/DVD Culture Clash Live”, as well as our limited-edition “official bootleg” double-CD Secret Show: Live In Osaka”, plus an exclusive new Culture Clash Live” t-shirt, right freakin’ now!

Already convinced? Then just click here to pre-order from our webstore. Release date is January 20, just a month away.

Need convincing? Click here to check out the DVD trailer preview! Or, check it out below now that we’ve finally figured out how to embed it here. :-) (And feel free to share it if you’re so inclined. We approve of this.)

Here’s more info for those who need it:

* Culture Clash Live” is a sprawling, professionally-recorded CD/DVD two-disc compilation taken from 6 shows in 5 countries on 3 continents.

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* Secret Show: Live In Osaka” is a 2CD limited-release that serves as the tour’s “official bootleg”. It’s only available directly from us – and the first 1,000 ordered from our webstore will come signed by the band.

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* The official Culture Clash Live” t-shirt is a brand new design by Culture Clash” artist Tom Colbie, and again, only available directly from us.

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* Full disclosure: The Culture Clash Live” DVD will also be available digitally through a new service called Littlecast. For a small fee (probably $12.95) you’ll have unlimited hi-res streaming capability on your laptop or desktop, and you can download it to your mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android). It will contain the concert footage only, no bonus features. It also requires you to be signed in to Facebook, so just a heads up there. We’re still working that up, and we’ll have it ready by January 20. But we may test the new system by releasing our existing live DVD Boing, We’ll Do It Live!” well before then.

Back in the physical world, here’s the full track listings:

“Culture Clash Live” CD Track Listing

Sweaty Knockers (Whittier, CA, USA)
Ohhhh Noooo (Whittier, CA, USA)
Get It Like That (Whittier, CA, USA)
Culture Clash (Whittier, CA, USA)
Gaping Head Wound (Whittier, CA, USA)
Louisville Stomp (Manchester, UK)
Desert Tornado (Bangkok, THAILAND)
Living The Dream (Zoetermeer, NL)
Culture Clash Live DVD Track Listing

“Culture Clash Live” DVD Track Listing

Furtive Jack (Tokyo, JAPAN)
Ohhhh Noooo (Bangkok, THAILAND)
Louisville Stomp (Manchester, UK)
Get It Like That (Tokyo, JAPAN)
Culture Clash (Bangkok, THAILAND)
Blues Fuckers (Mexico City, MX)
Gaping Head Wound (Mexico City, MX)
Desert Tornado (Bangkok, THAILAND)
Living The Dream (Zoetermeer, NL)

“Secret Show: Live In Osaka” track Listing

DISC ONE

Introduction
Furtive Jack
Sweaty Knockers
Ohhhh Noooo
Get It Like That
Culture Clash

DISC TWO

Flatlands
Parental Advisory (pronounced “Blues Fuckers”)
Gaping Head Wound
Twister (pronounced “Desert Tornado”)
Washed Passport (pronounced “Living The Dream”)
Erotic Cakes

I do hope you’ll check out the preview video, and then click to your heart’s desire. :-)

And now I’m taking the rest of the year off.

-BB

New Aristocrats Live Albums Dropping Soon…And I’m Finally HOME

Saturday, December 6, 2014

I can’t believe it – after nearly 18 straight months of Aristocrats and Joe Satriani touring I’m finally HOME. And when I say home, I mean at least four months in a row with only short trips in the U.S. here and there. It’s been about 7 years since the last time that happened. Australia and New Zealand (and Asia and Europe and South America and North America!) were all wonderful, AND I’m so glad to be back.

My last post had a bunch of little details about upcoming shows, which you can see here on the website calendar page, but this one is about one big thing – the breaking news about The Aristocrats’ live album Culture Clash Live. I’m going to just copy the text from The Aristocrats website below here, because it’s already got all of the details and I’m feeling a little lazy…

…but I wanted to at least personalize this by saying THANK YOU to everyone who made the incredible last 18 months of my life possible. I’m grateful beyond words. I’m now resting and recovering in my new home in the mountains north of Los Angeles, and I thought I’d share the view and wish everybody a healthy, happy and peaceful holiday season as we round into mid-December.

And now, without further adieu, I present, The Big Aristocratic News.

Happy merry everything,
Bryan Beller

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Dear Aristocratic Faithful-

We’ve been working on this for nearly six months, and everyone has waited long enough, so we are proud to announce, finally, the following news:

Culture Clash Live – a sprawling, professionally-recorded CD/DVD two-disc compilation taken from 6 shows in 5 countries on 3 continents - will be released on January 20, 2015

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Secret Show: Live In Osaka, a 2CD limited-release that serves as the tour’s “official bootleg”, will come out on the same day – the first 1,000 will be signed by the band

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Culture Clash Live physical units will be available at our webstore and eventually major e-tailers, and the audio CD will be available digitally at our webstore and on iTunes, etc. A digital version of the DVD will be available via Littlecast (details forthcoming).

Secret Show: Live in Osaka will be available exclusively at our webstore and live merchandise tables

* Both items will go on presale in early January, exact date TBA

We’ve got a lot going on right now – the live releases, the 4-show residency at Alvas Showroom in late January, the recording of our next studio album…and all of the details can be found in the press release which we’re simply going to post below.

We know you waited a long time for this, and we’re proud to finally have it done and nearly ready for you to check out. Preview videos will come soon. In the meantime, read and enjoy. :-)

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THE ARISTOCRATS –
FEATURING GUTHRIE GOVAN, BRYAN BELLER AND MARCO MINNEMANN -
TO RELEASE CULTURE CLASH LIVE CD/DVD ON 01/20/2015

Also to be released: SECRET SHOW: LIVE IN OSAKA  – limited-edition 2CD live disc, completely raw and unedited from the very special last night of the Asia tour

An intimate-venue Los Angeles residency and tracking of new studio album to immediately follow, at world-famous Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood, CA

The rock/fusion power trio supergroup The Aristocrats – featuring Guthrie Govan on guitar, Bryan Beller on bass, and Marco Minnemann on drums – will release the live CD/DVD Culture Clash Live, on January 20th 2015. Captured in six different locations in five countries on three different continents during the band’s 100+ show Culture Clash World Tour, it showcases The Aristocrats in full flight: Virtuosic, melodic, spontaneous, outrageous, and still having more fun than any group of world touring muzos has any right to have.

Culture Clash Live will be released on the band’s label, BOING Music, and available physically as a CD/DVD package containing 8 audio tracks on the CD and 9 cuts on the DVD. Only three tracks are the same performance on both CD and DVD – all others are unique, giving fans a chance to hear how the songs evolved while on tour. DVD bonus features include: a look behind the scenes at the video setup in Tokyo; an extra drum solo shot with 20 cameras; and demos from the Culture Clash album.

Physical units will first be sold through the band’s webstore at http://thearistocrats.spinshop.com. The digital audio-only will be available through iTunes and other major e-tailers. New for this release: Digital-only versions of the DVD will be available through LittleCast.

As if that’s not enough, the band is also releasing a 2CD set called Secret Show: Live In Osaka, which shows The Aristocrats at the peak of their live prowess: Equal parts raw, funny, bracing…and with no editing in any of the performances comprising the two-disc set. The band didn’t even know they were being recorded until after the show, when they were presented with a live-to-two-track recording by the soundman. The first 1,000 units of Secret Show will be signed by the band, and the limited release will only be available at the band’s website and live merch tables.

Each band member had unique thoughts on the tour, which ended up in the liner notes for the package. Some highlights:

“Every time we play a song live, it seems to evolve slightly,” says Govan. “However hard we might try to capture definitive versions in the studio, the true nature of any given composition inevitably reveals itself during the subsequent touring process, mutating incrementally from one night to the next as we do our best to maintain the element of spontaneity and encourage the occurrence of little musical ‘accidents.’”

While the music evolved and the audiences made each show unforgettable, the live recording process was anything but smooth. “The panoply of technical pitfalls that ensued reached a certain comic level of absurdity,” Beller remembers. “The crowds were unremittingly awesome, only to be rivaled in ferocity by the gremlins in each location.” So the project became a Frank Zappa-style live compilation by necessity, which gave it a rollicking international flavor – a culture clash after all.

Drummer Marco Minnemann put it all in perspective. “I remembered sitting in a van on our ride to one of our shows, listening to one of the songs – which I usually avoid, because it’s sort of like looking in the mirror trying to fix your hair or something – saying out loud, ‘Hey, we’re actually not that bad!’ You sometimes just gotta let go and enjoy the real-time moments without questioning them.”

To top it all off, the band is slotted to play a four-show residency at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro, CA in late January 2015 to work out new material…and then just two days later, they go back into the studio to make their highly anticipated third studio album at world-famous Sunset Sound, 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 Aristocratic musical mayhem continues…with a tentative release scheduled for July of 2015.

The members of The Aristocrats first performed together as a trio at the Anaheim Bass Bash during the winter NAMM show in 2011. After a huge response from fans for the trio to become permanent, the band (named after the infamous dirty joke of the same name) quickly recorded their first album The Aristocrats in 2011, to instant wide acclaim. The band released a live album, Boing, We’ll Do It Live! in 2012, followed by their breakthrough second studio album Culture Clash, which debuted at #8 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums chart in July of 2013 (we know: jazz…?). Guitarist Guthrie Govan has been featured on the cover of Guitar Player Magazine and is known for his solo album Erotic Cakes, as well as recent touring work with Steven Wilson, and performing with the band Asia/GPS from 2001-2006. Bassist/solo artist Bryan Beller graced the cover of Bass Player Magazine in late 2012, and is recognized from his work with DethklokSteve VaiJoe Satriani, and Mike Keneally. Drummer Marco Minnemann is a multi-instrumentalist and prolific solo artist/composer, was featured on the cover of Modern Drummer, and is known for his live work with Necrophagist, Kreator, Adrian Belew, UKZ, and Steven Wilson – as well as his Telly Award-winning DVD Extreme Drumming.

Culture Clash Live CD Track Listing

  1. Sweaty Knockers (Whittier, CA, USA)
  2. Ohhhh Noooo (Whittier, CA, USA)
  3. Get It Like That (Whittier, CA, USA)
  4. Culture Clash (Whittier, CA, USA)
  5. Gaping Head Wound (Whittier, CA)
  6. Louisville Stomp (Manchester, UK)
  7. Desert Tornado (Bangkok, THAILAND)
  8. Living The Dream (Zoetermeer, NL)

Culture Clash Live DVD Track Listing

  1. Furtive Jack (Tokyo, JAPAN)
  2. Ohhhh Noooo (Bangkok, THAILAND)
  3. Lousville Stomp (Manchester, UK)
  4. Get It Like That (Tokyo, JAPAN)
  5. Culture Clash (Bangkok, THAILAND)
  6. Blues Fuckers (Mexico City, MX)
  7. Gaping Head Wound (Mexico City, MX)
  8. Desert Tornado (Bangkok, THAILAND)
  9. Living The Dream (Zoetermeer, NL)

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Down Under With Satriani, Then Homeward Bound

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Greetings from down under! I’ve been waiting 43 years to say that, and now that I’m in New Zealand touring with Joe Satriani, I finally can. It’s beautiful here, and word on the street is that Australia is pretty nice too. Just in case you didn’t know about this and you live nearby, these are the absolutely final dates of the Joe Satriani Unstoppable Momentum World Tour:

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
Nov 13 – The Star Theatre – SINGAPORE

What a wild and wonderful ride it’s been with Team Satch over the past year and a half. I can’t thank Joe and his crew enough for being so welcoming and generous to me all this time. I’ve been grateful for every second, and hopefully there’s more to come.

In my “spare” time I’ve been helping to put the finishing touches on the epic 2 (or 3?) disc set Culture Clash Live, which features live Aristocrats performances from literally all over the world – USA, Mexico, Europe, Asia. It’s been a huge thing to corral but I’m beyond psyched at the near-final results here. Look for an announcement on that in the coming weeks (not months).

Meanwhile, if you live in Southern California and want to see some musicians play music as musically as music can be played, you may want to check my website calendar. I’ll be sitting in with a new project called NIGHT GALLERY, with Joe Travers on drums, Mike Keneally and Marc Bonilla on guitar, and Jonathan Silverman on keys (plus another bassist playing the material I’m too lazy to learn). It’s at The Baked Potato and the first show is already sold out! I’ll also be sitting in for a tune at the Potato with guitarist Nili Brosh (whose new album A Matter Of Perception I’m on for four tunes, in a rhythm section with frightening drummer Virgil Donati). As if that’s not enough Potato-osity, I’ll be back there on January 21, 2015 with Keneally and Joe Travers for a throwback Mike Keneally trio gig. That should be fun.

Plus, The Aristocrats will be doing their first-ever residency in late January at Alvas Showroom, our “home away from home” venue in Southern California. The purpose is to work up and debut a whole album’s worth of brand new material, so we can go into the studio the following week and track it while it’s hot. I’m also excited about the studio in which we’re doing it: Sunset Sound, where Led Zeppelin IV, Van Halen’s first five albums, and Rage Against The Machine’s “Battle Of Los Angeles” were all recorded, as well as a million other hit records. That gets me all worked up, I have to say.

Here’s the calendar summary, aside from the current Satch Down Under run:

December 10 & 11
Bryan Beller sits in
at The Baked Potato
3787 Cahuenga Blvd West.
Studio City, CA 91604
Tuesday, December 10: with Nili Brosh
Thursday, December 11: with NIGHT GALLERY
* (Joe Travers, Mike Keneally & Marc Bonilla)
Check the Baked Potato website for ticket and schedule details

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
with Mike Keneally
(original trio lineup! Keneally, Beller, and Joe Travers on drums)
at The Baked Potato
3787 Cahuenga Blvd West.
Studio City, CA 91604

Check the Baked Potato website for ticket and schedule details

The Aristocrats
Four-Night Residency
At Alvas Showroom
1417 W 8th St
San Pedro, CA 90732
Thursday, January 29, 2015, 8:00pm - Click For Tickets
Friday, January 30, 2015, 8:00pm - Click For Tickets
Saturday, January 31, 2015, 7:30pm - Click For Tickets
Sunday, February 1, 2015, 5pm - Click For Tickets

Oh, and then there’s this thing.

June 28-July 2, 2015
THE G4 EXPERIENCE
Joe Satriani, Animals As Leaders,
The Aristocrats and Mike Keneally
(a weeklong intructional retreat – click link above for details)

That should be something, eh? :-)

That’s it for now. Jet lag will permit me no further typing.

Waving hi/bye from Auckland,
Bryan Beller

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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