At the end of 1964, Eric Clapton left the Yardbirds, a band still searching for their first hit. His replacement was a player of very different capabilities, a technical and sonic pioneer who helped propel the group from their former status as a blues covers act to become one of the most innovative and daring musical collectives working in the U.K.
When a big-name guitarist is invited to play on a recording session, he or she is expected to make a noticeable impact on the song or album being recorded. Bearing that in mind, Jeff Beck — as a session guitarist — has rarely disappointed. Here are his top 10 guest-session appearances.
Jeff Beck has announced a string of solo 2015 dates. The tour will kick off April 16 with a pair of intimate engagements in Huntington, New York, and wrap up April 26 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Beginning April 30 in Cedar Park, Texas, Beck and ZZ Top will make up their cancelled dates from September. The double-bill tour was cut short due to an injury suffered by ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill.
Twenty-five years ago this week, Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan kicked off their one and only tour together. The trek, dubbed "The Fire Meets the Fury," kicked off October 25 in Minneapolis and wrapped up December 3 in Oakland.
Fans of Jeff Beck — and of vintage gear in general — might get a kick out of the video below. In the nearly 15-minute-long clip, which appears as bonus content on Beck's 2011 Rock 'n' Roll Party DVD, Beck shows off some of his favorite guitars.
Ripe for caricature, they are perhaps two of the most distinctive-looking performers in rock history. Beck, with his much-imitated rooster shag haircut, and Gibbons, dressed in full hipster Wild West drag, look almost disconcertingly the same as they have for the past three or four decades.