OK, this 2009 video is anything but new—and it's aging as I type this!—but it just wound up in my inbox for the first time ... and I like it. It's a brief clip of Jeff Beck and his then-bassist, Tal Wilkenfeld, playing a duet of sorts on Wilkenfeld's bass at New York City's Irving Plaza April 10, 2009.
The celebrity guest lineup for the November 9 Bass Player LIVE! Concert & Awards Show presented by Hartke has been expanded. The all-star concert will take place at the historic Fonda Theatre and will honor heavy metal legend, Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler, rockabilly bass legend Lee Rocker and the late American blues musician and songwriter Willie Dixon, while jazz-rock phenom Tal Wilkenfeld will be presented with the “Young Gun” award.
Bass Player Live! 2013 is scheduled for November 9 and 10 in Hollywood. The annual event will feature musician clinics and exhibitors at S.I.R. Studios and will be highlighted by the November 9 Bass Player LIVE! Concert & Awards Show presented by Hartke.
Since I'm a Beck completist — someone who buys every available recording featuring Beck's guitar work (It's a disease) — I guess I'll be downloading a LeAnn Rimes song on June 4, something I really didn't see coming. But this collaboration shouldn't come as a surprise. Beck has appeared on albums by Cyndi Lauper, Joss Stone and Beth Hart, to name just a few. He's recorded and/or performed with Imelda May, Olivia Safe, Tal Wilkenfeld, Jennifer Batten, etc.
In 2011, longtime Jeff Beck fans were excited by rumors that the legendary guitarist was about to record a blues album with Rod Stewart. The album would've marked the first time the pair worked together since the mid-'80s ("Infatuation," anyone?) and their first full-length album of new material since their days in the Jeff Beck Group in 1969.
Mick Jagger hosted the May 19 edition of Saturday Night Live, which happened to be the show's season finale -- and the final appearance of longtime cast member Kristen Wiig (Gilly, Penelope, Kat and a million other characters).
Since the 2012 Winter NAMM show kicked off last Thursday, GuitarWorld.com has been supplying you with nonstop NAMM videos, news items and photo galleries -- doing our darndest to bring the NAMM experience to everyone who couldn't make it to the show.