Jeff Beck said Stevie Ray Vaughan “was the closest thing to Hendrix when it came to playing the blues”: watch the two guitar heroes duke it out on Goin' Down

Stevie Ray Vaughan (left) and Jeff Beck perform live onstage in 1989
(Image credit: Robert Knight Archive/Redferns)

Less than a year before his tragic death in a helicopter crash on August 27, 1990, electric guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan embarked on a co-headlining tour for the ages with Jeff Beck.

By all accounts, Vaughan – who was fresh off the release of his well-received 1989 LP, In Step was in the midst of a period of incredible creativity, and you can really feel that energy in live videos from the 1989 Vaughan/Beck tour.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.