Latest: The Aristocrats “You Know What…?” drops June 28; BB’s “Scenes From The Flood” pre-order news coming soon!

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5 days ago

Bryan Beller

LAST CALL FOR ARISTOCAMP! Guthrie, Marco and I will be in Big Indian, NY at Full Moon Resort next week along with MICHAEL MANRING, Francis Dunnery and Chad Wackerman for the first ever ARISTOCAMP. It will be a very fun and loose hang and everyone will get the kind of individual attention that only a camp environment can provide! Maybe you're that last-minute kind of person. If so, this is your time to shine. 😉

Guthrie Govan (Official) Marco Minnemann The Aristocrats
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6 days ago

Bryan Beller

RIG CHECK DAY: One of my favorite days of the year. Set up for the Enormodome and test *everything*. Loud. This is for the upcoming The Aristocrats "You Know What...?" North America tour. You know about that, right? Right?

First of all, Gallien-Krueger rocks. The Fusion preamp/RB power amp formula is tried and true, and those lighter CX cabs are slamming! #GKallday.

Second of all, it's gonna be all Mike Lull Custom Guitars & Guitarworks basses on this tour. The stars will be the new BBMF5 (Bryan Beller Modern Focus, or any MF you like, really); and, thankfully, the 1998 Lull Modern 5 that sounds like my old MIA red bass, or even better, and is slaying all over the new Aristocrats album. I've taken to calling it "The Poughkeepsie Bass" because that's where it lived for 20 years before it found its way to me. Cranking that thing up sounds...just beautiful.

And of course, the D'Addario UK Pro Steels make everything sound brilliant and true.

Also, let's not forget about that Jim Dunlop Guitar Products Bass Wah. What would "Sweaty Knockers" be without that? 😉 Also thanks to Darkglass Electronics (the Vintage Microtubes, though I'm also digging that Alpha Omega!) and Xotic Guitars & Effects (Bass BB Preamp with totally coincidental initials FTW). Oh, and Boss Effects Pedals for making the OC-2 Octave (shout out to Tim Lefebvre/Juan Alderete/Janek Gwizdala and the rest of the OC-2 cult out there) and also for making the CE-2B Bass Chorus back when Members Only jackets were a thing. The first time.


The Aristocamp, Big Indian, NY, June 18-21
Alvas Showroom, San Pedro, CA, June 28 (sold out)
Alvas Showroom, San Pedro, CA, June 29 (sold out)
Harlow's, Sacramento, CA, July 1
Slim's, San Francisco, CA, July 2
The Dip, Redding, CA, July 3
Star Theater, Portland, OR, July 5
The Crocodile, Seattle, WA, July 6
Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, BC, July 7
The Reef, Boise, ID, July 9
Metro Music Hall, SLC, UT, July 10
Mesa Theater, Grand Junction, CO, July 12
Marquis Theater, Denver, CO, July 13
RecordBar, Kansas City, MS, July 15
Slowdown, Omaha, NE, July 16
Amsterdam Bar and Hall, St Paul, MN, July 18
Miramar Theatre, Milwaukee, WI, July 19
Reggie's Live, Chicago, IL, July 20
HiFi Indy, Indianapolis, IN, July 21
Token Lounge, Detroit, MI, July 22
Rumba Café, Columbus, OH, July 24
Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH, July 25
The Tralf, Buffalo, NY, July 26
Lee's Palace, Toronto, ON, July 27
Brass Monkey, Ottawa, ON, July 28
Café Campus, Montreal, QC, July 29
Le D’Auteuil, Quebec City, QC, July 31
Middle East, Cambridge, MA, August 2
Gramercy Theatre, New York City, NY, August 3
Daryl's House, Pawling, NY, August 4
Voltage Lounge, Philadelphia, PA, August 5
Union Stage, Washington DC, August 6
The Pour House, Raleigh, NC, August 7
Isis Music Hall, Asheville, NC, August 9
City Winery, Nashville, NC, August 10
Aisle 5, Atlanta, GA, August 11
SoundBar, Orlando, FL, August 14
The Funky Biscuit, Boca Raton, FL, August 15
Brass Mug, Tampa, FL, August 16
Nighthawks, Jacksonville, FL, August 17
Southport Hall, Jefferson, LA, August 19
Scout Bar, Houston, TX, August 21
Sam’s Burger Joint, San Antonio, TX, August 22
The Dirty Dog, Austin, TX, August 23
Guitar Sanctuary, McKinney, TX, August 24
Rockhouse, El Paso, TX, August 26
Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM, August 27
Club Red, Mesa, AZ, August 29
Bol Bol, Mexicali, August 30
Ramona Mainstage, Ramona, CA, August 31
1720, Los Angeles, CA (WITH John 5!), September 1

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1 week ago

Bryan Beller

WELL LOOKEE HERE: Want to see a preview of the bonus DVD that comes with the Deluxe Edition of the new Aristocrats album "You Know What...?" Of course you do. Filmed and edited by Jon Luini & Arthur Rosato at Brotheryn Studios in Ojai, CA, the full 35-min documentary is ONLY available as part of the Deluxe CD edition. Deluxe also means exclusive interviews, live studio footage, and a bigger 12-page booklet with super fun illustrations by Hajo Muller (the artist that created our weird and wonderful album cover).

“You Know What…?” is available to pre-order now in both Deluxe and Standard CD format. If you pre-order from our US or UK/EUR webstores (via our website) you’ll also get sent your free digital download on the release date, June 28th.
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2 weeks ago

Bryan Beller

THAT'S A WRAP: Thanks to the fine folks you see here, we finished shooting the video for one of the songs from my upcoming progressive concept double album "Scenes From The Flood". We shot on location in truck stops, remote mountainous terrains, diners, county parks, bridges on country roads, hotel rooms (green screen!), and anywhere else we could pull it off without a permit (just try and catch me, coppers!). And there's a very special guest on the song itself...who I look forward to revealing this summer when the video drops. 😉

From left to right: Shinya Suzuki (drone operation), Jon Luini (video/editing/co-direction), BB, Alli Patton (production assistant), Arthur Rosato (photography/editing/co-direction).
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2 weeks ago

Bryan Beller

WHAT'S UP LOS ANGELES?! Sorry to get all Zack de la Rocha there for a sec but some big news: The Aristocrats and John 5 are teaming up for a one-night-only co-bill on September 1 at 1720 to end the North America tour! I know a lot of people were wondering what was up with having only two small venue shows in LA (both of which are now sold out) you know why this announcement came last. 😉

Link to tickets in the comments. And some quotes below.

"We always say that anything can happen onstage at an Aristocrats show - and that goes double for a John 5/Aristocrats double bill! We're psyched because The Aristocrats and John 5 are obviously coming at the instrumental rock thing from just completely different angles, and neither one of us is playing it straight down the middle. Should be a fun night for anyone in L.A. who likes their music loud and bent."

“JOHN 5 and The Aristocrats – It doesn’t get much better than that,” John 5 says. “It’s one show only and you’re not going to want to miss it. It’s going to be a very exciting night, and definitely one to remember.”

Let's wrap this tour up in style. 😉
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RIG CHECK DAY: One of my fave days of the year. @GallienKrueger #GKallDay, @MikeLullCG basses (including my new/old 1998 M5) and @DaddarioandCo ProSteels on everything. Also thanks to @jimdunlopusa (bass wah), @Darkglassgear (vintage microtubes), and @Xoticusa (Bass BB Preamp)!

LOOKEE HERE: It's a preview of the Bonus DVD from the new @acratsband album “You Know What…?”. Pre-orders available now (Deluxe + Standard CD). Order from our webstore & you’ll also get sent a free digital download on the release date, June 28th!

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