The supergroup BEAT has received support from Robert Fripp

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This fall, a new tribute to the music of progessive rock godfathers King Crimson is coming to a city near you. Bassist Tony Levin and guitarist/vocalist Adrian Belew, both longtime members of the group, are hitting the road in September with their new outfit, BEAT. Joining them will be guitar virtuoso Steve Vai and Tool drummer Danny Carey. The lengthy trek kicks off on September 12 at the San Jose Civic Center in San Jose, California and wraps up on November 8 at the The Theater at Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas Nevada.

The run will see the quartet stop at The Warner Theatre in Washington, DC, Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida, The Beacon Theatre in New York, New York, Massey Hall in Toronto, Ontario, the Santander Performing Arts Center in Reading, Pennsylvania, and more. The performance will see the supergroup reimagine three of the band’s classic albums from the 1980s: DisciplineBeat, and Three of a Perfect Pair.

In a statement, guitarist Steve Vai also hinted that some other choice cuts from the band’s discography could make the setlist.

“The 1981 through 1984 King Crimson created a music all its own,” Belew says. “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!”

Vai adds, “Being a part of this ensemble is an extraordinary privilege and opportunity to perform some of the most beloved, timeless, and monumental music of the ’80s (and beyond) with truly inspired musicians. This music resonates deeply with me. I can assure the fans of KC that we will be putting our best foot forward to respect this great music with the care and intensity it deserves.”

“I am very excited to share the stage with three of my favorite musicians on the planet,” Carey states. “Tony, Steve and Adrian have always been a source of inspiration for me since the beginning of my career, and now to be able to share a bit of my musical journey with them is a dream come true.”

BEAT have also garnered the approval of King Crimson founder, Robert Fripp.

“This is the project that Adrian Belew called me about last Autumn, a project which I support and fully encourage, and discussed with Steve Vai recently at McCabes in Santa Monica,” Fripp shared on his official Facebook. Even, I suggested the name.”

September 12 – San Jose, CA – San Jose Civic
September 13 – Napa, CA – Blue Note Napa Summer Sessions at Meritage Resort
September 14 – Los Angeles, CA – The United Theater on Broadway
September 15 – Anaheim, CA – City National Grove of Anaheim
September 17 – San Diego, CA – Humphrey’s Concerts
September 18 – Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theatre
September 20 – Austin, TX – The Paramount Theatre
September 21 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Centre
September 22 – Dallas, TX – Majestic Theatre
September 24 – Atlanta, GA – The Eastern
September 26 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – The Parker
September 27 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
September 28 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
September 29 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall
October 1 – Charlotte, NC – Knight Theater
October 2 – Durham, NC – Carolina Theatre of Durham
October 4 – Washington, DC- Warner Theatre
October 5 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
October 6 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
October 8 – Richmond, VA – Carpenter Theater in Dominion Energy Center
October 9 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Center
October 11 – Boston, MA – Shubert Theatre
October 12 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
October 14 – Halifax, NS – Rebecca Cohen Auditorium
October 15 – Moncton, NB – Casino New Brunswick
October 17 – Montreal, QC – Maisonneuve Theatre
October 18 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
October 19 – Rochester, NY – Kodak Center
October 21 – Albany, NY – The Egg
October 22 – Greensburg, PA – Palace Theatre
October 23 – Reading, PA – Santander Performing Arts Center
October 25 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
October 26 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
October 27 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
October 28 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
October 30 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre
November 1 – Chicago, IL – Copernicus Center
November2 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theatre
November 3 – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theater
November 4 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
November 6 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
November 8 – Las Vegas, NV – The Theater at Virgin Hotels