Belew, Vai, Levin and Carey will bring tour devoted to King Crimson music to Red Bank

by JAY LUSTIG
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ALISON DYER

From left, Tony Levin, Steve Vai, Adrian Belew and Danny Carey.

Touring under the name Beat, guitarists Adrian Belew and Steve Vai, bassist Tony Levin and drummer Danny Carey will perform what they are calling a “creative reinterpretation” of music from King Crimson’s albums Discipline (1981), Beat (1982) and Three of a Perfect Pair (1984) on a tour that will come to The Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank on Oct. 9.

Tickets will go on sale April 5 at 10 a.m., with pre-sales beginning April 2 at noon; visit ticketmaster.com.

On all three albums, Belew played guitar, sang lead vocals and co-wrote songs, and Levon played bass and co-wrote songs. In addition to performing as a solo artist, Vai has played with Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth and many others. Carey is best known as a member of Tool.

Belew said in a press release: “The 1981 through 1984 King Crimson created a music all its own. Timeless. Beautiful. Complex. Fierce. For the fans who lived through it then, and the ones who never got to witness it, our aim is to bring it to life again. A monumental task but we’re going for it! There are not enough exclamation points to express my excitement!”

“This music resonates deeply with me,” said Vai in the press release. “Adrian, Tony and Danny are unique musicians with an otherworldly insight into presenting rich musical complexities in a very accessible way, and I am looking forward to searching each other’s musical minds in real time on stage.”

Dates are currently scheduled from Sept. 12 to Nov. 8, with Northeast concerts also including The Beacon Theatre in New York, Oct. 5; and The Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania, Oct. 6. For information, visit beat-tour.com.

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