Musicians are a temperamental lot. When the music is flowing and the vibes are good, we couldn’t be happier. But if our guitars won’t tune, the audience is a drag or the P.A. sounds like crap, all bets are off. Oddly, the objects of our wrath are sometimes the very things we care about most—our instruments.
Here's something you don't see every day. On July 4, 2009, attendees of Jeff Beck's sold-out show at London's Royal Albert Hall got a bit of a bonus during the encore portion of the show: a visit by Pink Floyd legend David Gilmour.
In early 1965, when Jimmy Page was an in-demand London session guitarist, he—thanks to the encouragement of American pop singer/songwriter Jackie DeShannon—decided to branch out a bit. He—for the first time—released a single under his own name.
Below, check out a video that made its way to Facebook last week. It shows Jeff Beck and London-based Swiss guitarist Nicolas Meier performing Beck's well-known version of the Beatles' "A Day in the Life" in front of a small TV-studio audience.
The great British blues guitarists of the Sixties—people like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Jimmy Green—could play like virtuosos, but they also understood the importance of energy and intensity. For me, Beck is the most fascinating of all. It always seemed that Jeff had bigger demons to conquer; with a brash sense of daring, he was willing to do anything to find a new way.
A lot of anniversaries have been celebrated this month, but I wanted to make sure we didn't forget to mention the ARMS Charity Concerts, a series of talent-heavy events that raised large wads of cash for multiple sclerosis research. The first show took place September 20, 1983.
When someone is widely hailed as the greatest guitar player ever, how do you step up and cover one of his songs? Have you ever noticed that the ratio of Metallica tribute albums to Hendrix tribute albums is something like 20 to 1? When's the last time you heard someone say, "Yeah, he played it better than Hendrix," without a clearly present sarcastic tone?
Teen guitarist Chase Walker has been called "the new Stevie Ray Vaughan" and—more refreshingly—"the new Kenny Wayne Shepherd." American Blues Scene calls him one of the top 10 musicians under 18 you should know. Walker, who is from Riverside, California, was born in 1998 and didn’t start playing guitar until 2010. His influences include Vaughan, Warren Haynes, the Black Crowes and the Black Keys.
Take a deep breath and jump into the guitar adventure that is Jeff Beck. Jeff Beck A Step-by-Step Breakdown of His Guitar Styles and Techniques is an exclusive book/CD pack that features in-depth analysis of the songs and solos that highlight Beck's career, from the Yardbirds to his landmark jazz-fusion albums of the '70s to the present day.
But it's also the year rock fans got to see a particularly extraordinary assemblage of iconic musicians on one stage. I'm talking about that special night when Metallica, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Joe Perry, Ronnie Wood, Flea—and some other bipeds—performed "Train Kept A-Rollin'" at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.