Rick Musallam (guitar), Griff Peters (guitar), Mike Keneally (keyboard, guitar), Bryan Beller (bass), Joe Travers (drums)
Bassist/composer and sideman extraordinaire Bryan Beller (Dethklok, Steve Vai, Mike Keneally) has
released his solo project's first live concert DVD, Wednesday Night Live. An up-close-and-personal 4-
camera document of the Beller band's one-night-only 2010 show at the Baked Potato in Los Angeles,
the DVD is a serious statement from an artist who's quickly establishing himself as one of the elite bass
playing and compositional voices in the rock/jazz fusion scene today.
The DVD shares a basic running order and band lineup with the live CD of the same name, but also
includes special features such as between-song dialogue not present on the CD, additional videos from
previous shows with an expanded lineup, interviews with each of the band members, a rare live video
of the impossibly difficult "See You Next Tuesday" from the very first Bryan Beller Band gig ever, and
four new remixes of studio tracks from Beller's first album.
The origin of Wednesday Night Live was organic: With two critically acclaimed studio releases under his
belt: 2003's View ("A solo album so good it makes you wonder why he bothered doing anything else." –
Bill Leigh, Bass Player ) and 2008's Thanks in Advance ("A bonafide entry for bass album of the year."
– Chris Jisi, Bass Player), Beller embarked on a mid-2010 tour with his band opening for longtime
compatriot Mike Keneally's band using the same five musicians (including themselves) for five shows in
the Northeast U.S. The plan was for the Keneally/Beller "They're Both The Same Band" tour to then hit
the west coast, but scheduling got sticky. "We were able to confirm one date that worked for everyone:
Wednesday, September 15, 2010, at The Baked Potato," says Beller, who just turned 40. "And I said,
screw it, let's record it and see what happens. This is what happened."
This isn't Beller's first foray into video. He released a special-edition DVD in 2008 called To Nothing,
which was a documentary of the making of Thanks in Advance. "To Nothing was a sprawling story,"
Beller explains, "with over three hours of studio and candid footage, and really introduces the viewer to
Rick, Griff, Mike and Joe, how they work, and why they're such special musicians and people. So I went
back to the same guy who directed that movie, Dave Foster, and said, 'Let's make a traditional concert
DVD that shows these guys in their live element, and what the band really sounds like.' The videos from
previous shows are interesting artifacts that feature some tunes that weren't played on the tour, with
some secret special guests. And there's also some rare live audio buried in parts of the DVD that I think
people familiar with the material will really appreciate."
Though there's plenty of intensity in the funk/fusion workouts "Greasy Wheel" and "Seven Percent
Grade" (to say nothing of the emotional low-to-high rollercoaster segue of "Life Story" and "Get Things
Done"), Beller's landmark ten-minute composition "Love Terror Adrenaline/Break Through" stands out
as the live set's high point. "We're talking about a studio cut with tons of tracks and layers and
overdubs, and a ridiculously complex melody played by Mike Keneally, and we condensed it into a fivepiece
arrangement that I'm quite proud of. The band played their asses off on that. They played their
asses off all night. That's why I wanted to put this out – because I think the way they played this
material really deserves to be heard."