Adrian Belew

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2007 (The 2008 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

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Will Adrian Belew be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


7 comments so far (post your own)

If the question were "Do you think he belongs in the Hall of Fame?" the answer is a resounding "Hell, yeah!" His work with King Crimson, Zappa and Talking Heads -- not to mention his own recordings -- was wild, fresh and unmistakably radical, and it really does speak for itself. But Belew never became the mainstream name he deserved to be, and since the voting body consists of too many mainstreamers who don't know a damn thing beneath the surface, Belew's honors will be relegated to the mental halls of fame of guitar geeks everywhere -- but not the big monstrosity in Cleveland ...

Posted by franorama on Tuesday, 03.13.07 @ 01:15am


The fact that people vote for Culture Club over Belew is a sad testament to our society...Yet it is true, most people only care about "popular" artists...

Posted by Sean on Sunday, 08.26.07 @ 03:45am

Adrian Belew has done more for the extension of the genre, in any 2-year period, than most artists contribute in their entire career.

Posted by glenn on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 07:22am

Adrian Belew remains one of the most underrated and woefully overlooked musicians of recent times. Like all great artists/guitarists, Adrian has his own recognizable style and sound, but unlike many others, he has achieved an incredible versatility, and an ability to make his signature style fit into a wide variety of musical genres: hard rock, funk, new wave, experimental, Beatlesque pop, avant-garde and prog-rock, just to name a few.

More than any other musician, he tirelessly explores the sonic possibilities of the electric guitar. Adrian is blessed with the un-canny ability to write incredible songs, provide the perfect vocal interpretation, all the while juggling his collection of gadgets, knobs, and pedals, whilst blowing our minds with his absolutely breathtaking guitar gymnastics. He is liberal in the use of the whammy bar, the echo delay, and several other devices. And his sound is large, by turns screaming, growling, oozing, spacey, precise, and futuristic. He keeps us mesmerized with his mixed and matched genres, popping from pop-rock to avant-garde with ease - always multitasking… always discovering and re-inventing, always pushing the envelope.

This versatility has led to Adrian becoming actively sought out by some of the best musicians in the world, over a wide variety of styles and genres, to play on and/or produce their records. As a result, Adrian has directly, and indirectly, influenced a wide range of performers, professional musicians, plus regular guitar playing fans and enthusiasts alike….

Music fans describe Adrian Belew as a musician who excels in musicianship, vocal ability, composition of inspirational and innovative music, and audience rapport. These qualities enable Adrian Belew to significantly contribute to the evolution and perpetuation of rock music. Adrian Belew’s undeniable impact on rock should earn him a place of distinction in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

If you agree, please add your signature to my Petition to have Adrian Belew Inducted into the R&R HoF in 2009.....


Posted by Wendy L on Wednesday, 03.12.08 @ 16:34pm

He is a good musician...probably will get in when King Crimson does, which is long overdue!

Posted by Terry on Wednesday, 03.12.08 @ 18:28pm

Of coarse!!!! The RR Hall of Fame is a joke for him not being there already.

Posted by WAYNE HUNT on Monday, 03.15.10 @ 07:21am

Influence: He's probably influenced lots of guitarists and "out there" bands. YES
Innovation: Oh, defietly. YES
Sales: Apart from very brief sucess he's not really sold much.

I'd say all around that's a yes.

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 04.23.11 @ 15:15pm

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