King Crimson guitarist and solo artist,
Adrian Belew produces the
raisins, a popular band from Cincinnati. The raisins consist of Rob Fetters, Bob Nyswonger, Rik Nihisel,
and Bam Powell.
[The Bears are
THE BEARS DEBUT ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER
2, 1985 @ BOGARTS IN CINCINNATI, OH USA The Bears performed their very first live show to
a sold out Bogarts.
NOVEMBER 22 - THE BEARS SELL OUT THE RITZ IN NYC The Bears perform for a SOLD OUT crowd at The Ritz in
New York City. The 2000 seat club turns away over 1200 people.
THE BEARS BEGIN THEIR WORLDWIDE TOUR Rob, Bob, Chris, and Adrian hit the streets and
perform for hundreds of thousands from the US to Israel. The tour continues
for three years.
THE BEARS DEBUT CD IS RELEASED
You know the cover. MAD magazine's Mort Drucker created the cover art
for this unbelievably well written pop album on PMRC records.
They release a video and single for the track, "Trust".
Bears appear on an MTV Thanksgiving show.
THE BEARS 2nd CD, RISE AND SHINE IS
After the incredible debut album, Rob, Bob, Chris, and Adrian do it
again. All new material plus alternate versions of two tracks from their
first album as bonus tracks. ("Figure It Out" and "Man
Behind the Curtain")
A video for "Aches and Pains" hits the
MTV airwaves on their Post-Modern MTV program.
also release a promotional recording called "Talking About Music Is
Like Whistling About Chickens" which features a clip of each song from
Rise & Shine, along with narration from Rob and Adrian.
PMRC - folds and the Bears are left without a record
label. They all remain friends but the band breaks up.
Bears go into hibernation]
ADRIAN'S HIT SINGLE With the release of his solo album, "Mr. Music Head", Adrian
releases a video for his song, "Oh Daddy" and is seen regularly on
MTV. The Mr. Music Head US tour is a success and spans the East and West
ADRIAN TOURS WITH DAVID BOWIE AS HIS
FOR THE SOUND+VISION TOUR After David Bowie
Adrian on his Mr. Music Head tour and is impressed with the
full sound from just
he dubs Adrian as his band leader for his world tour.
PSYCHODOTS RELEASE SELF-TITLED ALBUM
Rob, Bob, and Chris release their first album as psychodots.
ADRIAN'S INNER REVOLUTION
Adrian records a new solo record and enlists Chris Arduser to play drums on a
few tracks. "Member of the Tribe", "Standing in the
Shadows", "This Is What I Believe In", and "Heaven's
Bed". When Adrian toured for Inner Revolution, he asked Rob
to join him as guitarist for the band. The
bare tracks of just Chris and Adrian are made available later in StoreBelew.
PSYCHODOTS RELEASE THEIR 2ND ALBUM,
"ON THE GRID"
ADRIAN'S "HERE" TOUR
Adrian asks psychodots to join him on tour as a double bill. They
open the show with a great reception and then play along with him as
the band. Despite the fact a few Bear growls were heard, many thought this
was going to be a Bears reunion, it wasn't.
PSYCHODOTS RELEASE THEIR 3RD ALBUM, AWKWARDSVILLE
album. They release a video for the song, "Mattress"
CHRIS ARDUSER'S BAND, THE GRAVEBLANKETS
RELEASE THEIR FIRST ALBUM
ROB FETTERS 1st SOLO ALBUM,
LEFTY-LOOSE RIGHTY TIGHT Rob and Adrian work together in getting Rob's first
solo album released. Adrian
contributes drums and vocals to several tracks.
There is even a Belew/Fetters
collaboration with the song, "The Blame Game".
THE BEARS BEGIN WRITING AND RECORDING
THEIR NEW ALBUM Throughout the next 4 years, the Bears meet at
Adrian's house in Nashville, Tennessee to write and record their new album.
THE BEARS INDUCTED INTO
THE CEA'S ROCK N ROLL HALL
On November 22, the Bears were inducted into the CEA's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
FETTERS & BELEW PERFORM AN
ACOUSTIC SHOW IN
NASHVILLE Rob performs the new Bears' song, "Dave" as well
as several tracks from his solo album.
Adrian performs a collection of
solo and King Crimson tunes and Rob joins him for an acoustic Bears
classic, "Super Boy".
BEARS ARE BACK]
THE BEARS RELEASE THEIR FIRST ALBUM IN
13 YEARS, CAR CAUGHT FIRE After 3 years in the making, Rob, Bob, Chris, & Adrian
release "Car Caught Fire".
The album contains 13 all new tracks that prove to be long overdue and a huge
success with fans.
BEARS' MUSIC APPEARS ON ABC TV
Prior to the new Fall season, ABC Television uses the
Bears' song, "Caveman" as background theme
for their new Jim Belushi show, "According to Jim".
THE BEARS' "CAR CAUGHT FIRE" WINS ALBUM OF THE YEAR AT THE CINCINNATI
ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS. On November 26, 2001, just 4 years after being inducted into CEA's Hall of
Fame, the Bears won Album Of The Year for Car Caught Fire. Rob Fetters and
Bob Nyswonger accepted the award shortly after Rob's solo performance of the
Bears' "As You Are".
THE BEARS ANNOUNCE TOUR The Bears
tour Eastern USA!
THE BEAR APPEAR ON WORLD CAFE
On January 24th,
aired their Bears special.
BEARS BEGIN THEIR 2002 CAR CAUGHT FIRE
TOUR January 30 - the Bears
began their 2002 Car Caught Fire tour in Dayton, OH and continue with SOLD OUT
venues from Ohio to Boston
PRESS PHOTO FROM
CAR CAUGHT FIRE
BEARS LIVE CD RELEASED The Bears release their very first
LIVE recording from the successful "Car Caught Fire" tour.
BEARS VIDEO FOR MR. BONEPARTE
The Evil Dr. Minz created a flash music video for the Bears' Mr. Boneparte.
Click the image above to view.
BEARS TOUR AGAIN - FALL 2002 Seven months after The Bears finished their
first successful tour, they hit the road once again,
playing many of the same locations as before and to standing-room-only venues.
PSYCHODOTS REUNITE FOR THEIR
THANKSGIVING SHOW Rob, Bob, and Chris
perform together as psychodots in Dayton, OH on November 27th
and in Newport, KY on November 29th.
THE BEARS REGROUP
Rob, Bob, Chris, & Adrian gather together on numerous occasions
to begin work on their
next studio release.
BEARS APPEAR IN GEEK.COM REVIEW
Fellow Bears fan, Nick
Triano wrote a review of the IPOD on Geek.com and
promoted the Bears.
Read the Review here.
"THE BEARS LIVE AT CLUB
IS RELEASED Merging Media releases the long awaited
Bears DVD, "The Bears - Live At Club Cafe". The DVD gets rave reviews from
and critics alike and contains over 90 minutes of concert footage, interviews,
and as an added bonus, a tour of Adrian's home studio.
ROB, ADRIAN, &
RELEASE SOLO RECORDS Rob,
Adrian, & Chris released solo records.
Adrian releases "Side One" (January 25) and "Side Two" (July 12)
Rob releases "Musician". (May 2005)
Chris releases "Celebrity Motorcade"
SOLO ALBUM, "SIDE THREE" Adrian releases "Side Three"
(April 18) and tours Italy, Australia, and US
THE BEARS LOSE
from Rob Fetters...
I am deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved Ken
Latchney. As a player in one of the many groups
Kengineer recorded and toured with, I know first hand
what a bright, talented, and hard working man he was. I
learned a great deal about recording with him, and he
played an integral role in shaping our efforts to make
meaningful music. Working with him was challenging and
fun. He teased me mercilessly when I made mistakes, but
was never short on praise when I got things right. His
gentle shyness faded over time and was supplanted by
humor and charm as the years went by in my association
with him. He was a rare combination of a guy who could
be frighteningly gruff and businesslike all day long
pursuing a great studio performance, and then at
session's end giving me a hug and quietly saying, "Yeah,
I love you too, Queenie." I will miss him terribly, and
my wife and kids will miss his funny and loving
Christmas cards. I am grateful for my luck in having the
opportunity to work with him. - Rob Fetters
Nyswonger... I’m still in a state of disbelief that
our friend and musical co-conspirator Ken is gone. I
enjoyed working with him so much – he was extremely
dedicated to his art and so very talented. Whether Ken
was running a recording session or mixing front of house
at a live show, you knew that everything on the
technical end was well under control… which in turn
allowed us to concentrate on making the music happen.
I remember telling him once I was a tad intimidated by
his having worked with some of the very finest bassists
in the world, to which he replied “you’re right there
too - just as good as any of them.” I can’t begin to
express what that meant to me. I think Ken had a real
affinity for bassists, maybe because his role was
similar – being supportive at all times, above all else.
kindness to my wife, Laura was nothing less than amazing
& she absolutely loved him. He took her under his wing
at the out-of-town shows & let her stay with him by the
board - I never had to worry about her well- being when
I was on stage.
Ken had the skills and the ears to
handle about any engineering gig out there. He
truly loved working closely with Adrian,
and as a small part of a big whole, I am so blessed to
have had the pleasure of knowing him, working with him,
and being his friend.
THE BEARS - OUT OF HIBERNATION
"the bears: out of hibernation! is a rockumentary road
trip featuring the critically acclaimed, pop music
band The Bears. The doc goes behind-the-scenes
with musicians Adrian Belew, Chris Arduser, Rob
Fetters & Bob Nyswonger as they reunite for their
first tour in 13 years. The cameras shadow the
band for 36 hours as they wander the winter roads
linking their sold-out shows in Detroit and Chicago.
Along the way, The Bears reflect on the realities of
Indy rock: killer music, cheap hotels, freeway jams &
For more information on screening "The Bears: Out of
Hibernation" Please Contact:D.P. Carlson - Film
This DVD has
never been officially released.
THE BEARS RELEASE
STUDIO ALBUM, "EUREKA!"
EUREKA TOUR 2007
PRESS PHOTOS FROM
RAISINS PLAY THEIR ANNUAL
THANKSGIVING SHOW IN OHIO
CHRIS ARDUSER RELEASES "HAPLESS"
Adrian tours with
his Power Trio (Adrian, Julie Slick [bass] & Eric Slick