As we recently reported, Mick Jagger will be hosting the May 19 season finale of NBC's Saturday Night Live. It was an announcement that left us wondering about that night's musical guests -- especially since Jagger was merely named the host.
"There's a whole thing in the book about the different places I've been with Jeff and his mental state. With Truth, it was before any of them [the Jeff Beck Group] were really known. It was just a bunch of great guys, and we had a blast recording it. When we were gonna start the next album, they came in after their first American tour and they had egos out the door. It was obvious very quickly we weren't gonna work well together."
Omnibus Press will publish a new Jeff Beck biography -- Hot Wired Guitar: The Life of Jeff Beck -- on May 1. The 496-page book is already available in digital form via iBooks, barnesandnoble.com and other outlets.
Here's another video from Tuesday night's concert at the White House, a special event featuring performances by Jeff Beck, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Gary Clark Jr., Warren Haynes, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks -- all in honor of the American Songbook.
Maybe Eric Clapton described Jeff Beck's style best when he said Beck "pulls" sounds out of his guitar. And Beck himself has implied that if what he plays sounds ordinary -- sounds like a guitar, for instance -- he's unhappy.
Last night, a group of rock and blues luminaries assembled at the White House for the latest concert thrown by First Lady Michelle Obama, who has taken a personal interest in celebrating the American songbook.
B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Jeff Beck will be among the headliners for a February 21 appearance at the White House. The performance is part of the "In Performance at the White House" series, and the show will be televised 9 p.m. EST February 27 on PBS.
In the mid-1960s, The Yardbirds revolutionized modern rock by turning super guitar players into superstars. The group -- which made the jagged shift from traditional blues to psychedelic rave-ups -- was the launching pad for Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Several Yardbirds songs, including "Shapes of Things," "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" and "Over Under Sideways Down" are considered mini-masterpieces of mid-'60s rock guitar -- prime examples of the power of perfectly placed notes.