No, really, huge tour, new album all in the works right now. Here's a pic of Jeff and band members in the studio finishing up the new Warner/Rhino Lp to be released soon.
And here are the lastest tour dates we have...
JEFF BECK WORLD TOUR 2014 April 5th...Hyogo, Japan - Amashin Archaic Hall April 7th…Tokyo, Japan - Dome City Hall April 8th…Tokyo, Japan - Dome City Hall April 9th…Tokyo, Japan - Dome City Hall April 11th..Sapparo, Japan - Nitori Bunka Hall April 13th..Iwate, Japan - Kenmin Kaikan April 14th..Yokohama, Japan - Yokohama Pacifico April 15th..Nagoya, Japan - Shi Kokaido April 16th..Osaka, Japan - Osaka Festival Hall April 19th..Byron Bay - Byron Bay Festival Australia April 21st..Sydney, Australia - Sydney Opera House April 22nd..Melbourne, Australia - Hammer Hall April 24th..Perth, Australia - Perth Concert Hall April 26th..Seoul, South Korea - Olympic Hall May 13th…Southend, UK - Cliff’s Pavillion May 14th…London, UK - Royal Albert Hall May 16th…Bristol, UK - Colston Hall May 17th…Oxford, UK - New Theatre May 19th…Manchester, UK - Bridgewater Hall May 20th…Birmingham, UK - Birmingham Symphony Hall May 21st…Dublin, Ireland - Olympia Theatre May 25th…Utrecht, Netherlands - Trivoli Hall May 26th…Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique May 27th…Paris, France - Rex Theatre May 29th…Cologne, Germany - E-Werk Hall May 30th…Berlin, Germany - Columbia Theatre June 1st…..Frankfurt, Germany - Capitol Theatre June 2nd….Munich, Germany - Circus Krone
Now to catch up...On December 29th, 2013...Ronnie Scott's in London... Jeff attended Lizzie Ball's Classical Kicks extravaganza which saw another of her stringed cohorts, Gabriella Swallow, who will also be on the forthcoming Jeff Beck Band 2014 WB/Atco/Rhino release scheduled for late March/Early April release. Also there performing was John Thomas who is an accomplished guitarist.
At the gig John played a 1943 Gibson, handmade by the 'Ladies of Kalamazoo' when the Gibson factory was located there. Ladies made Gibson guitars during wartime. John Thomas is a huge Jeff Beck fan so he and his family thouroughly enjoyed not only meeting Jeff but also Suzi Quatro of the BBC who did a segment on John's 'Ladies of Kalamazoo'. And Jeff got to check out the guitar (above). Finally, Nicolas Meier also performed that evening in support of the whole Classical Kicks Lizzie Ball extravaganza.
Roger Taylor's new album, 'Fun On Earth' came out last November featuring Jeff on the cut 'Say It's Not True'. I don't get how this is possible or allowed but the whole album is on YouTube.
'Say It's Not True' is 36:26 in and in our humble opinion it's the best 'guest' Jeff has done since Roger Water's 'Amused To Death'. Here's Dick's mini review.
Roger Taylor's vocal heartfelt posthumous anguished questioning of why Freddie Mercury had to be an AIDS victim when it could have been anybody, is the simple effective driving AIDS awareness anthem duet with the heavenly angelic bone chilling guitar lines of Jeff Beck. Jeff's tone quality and amazing lines both in support of the tune and lead solo deserve both an artistic and production merit of the highest order. Anyone listening to this tune without shedding a tear or three is unfathomable. A genuine classic for the ages on the scale of John Lennon's "Imagine" played by two of Britain's still currently relevant rock artists stretching the boundaries of emotion through song.
Our friend Ed Chapero came up again with another cool Jeff Beck tale from the cavernous internet. Don't know how he does it. This is a
short recollection from Jeff's friend Dave Ball. Taped up Stratocaster and Jeff Beck on bass?
When Cozy got the job with Jeff I used to go down to the rehearsals down in Belsize Park where Jeff & I became friends. Now the thing with Jeff’s music is that he always reinventing himself. He has an enormous appreciation for all sorts of music which is why he can do this (apart from being just a naturally superb guitarist and the fact that he works very hard at it of course.) One of the ways he learns new styles is by just putting on records and just playing along with them. Didn’t matter what it was – Tamala Motown stuff, Chess records, Les Paul stuff, old rockabilly – didn’t matter, just played along. Aspiring guitarists should take a leaf out of his book and try this themselves – you’d be amazed at how this improves your depth of playing. I remember an amusing event at rehearsals. His Stratocaster had been playing up – wiring issue I think, when he just lost it and threw the guitar at the wall behind the stage. The guitar split, the controls (and the wood they were attached to) were just hanging by the wires. I think we just went for a coffee and left the roadie to sort something out. The roadie (I think it was Welsh Brian) gaffa-taped the two parts together which was probably the only thing he could have done. Anyway, Jeff plugged it in and ‘Voila!’ it was working perfectly – even improved the sound so he reckoned, so he carried on using this taped up guitar for some while after. One time when Cozy and me were staying at Jeff’s place in Kent we went down to Maidstone Cricket Club where there was some charity do on. They asked Jeff to play so the three of us got up and did a few songs. Rather sadly (for the audience) Jeff wanted me to play lead whilst he got on bass. So there you go – my gig with Beck, Powell and Ball. Awesome! Dave BallAnother tale from the net...this features the late, great Long John Baldry. His 1971 album 'It Ain't Easy' is still one of our favorites. One side produced by Rod Stewart, the other by Elton John, absolutely killer. I (Bill) first met John in the spring of 1975 after I had became aquainted with several members of his then band during a several month stay in London. Never forget a night I saw them play The Nashville. Several years later I went to see him when he played Paul's Mall in Boston and remembering me, he invited me and my then girlfriend back to his dressing room after the show for a beer. The whole time John, who was probably 6'4" and had just gotten out of his stage clothes, was talking to us wearing only a pair of tiny bikini underwear. I kept glancing over at my girlfriend Nancy who was freakin'! Hah!
On the evening of January 7, 1964, the very day that Long John Baldry and his fellow bandmates learned that Cyril Davies had crossed over into the afterlife, Baldry took the band over the bridge to Eel Pie Island for one last swing as the All Stars. As a charismatic host and lead singer, Baldry was an obvious successor as bandleader. If there were to be a wake for Davies, it would be a loud one. Ian MacLagan, who was in the audience that night, recalls that Baldry and his bandmates rocked especially hard in tribute to their fallen friend. “Well, it always rocked like hell,” MacLagan adds. “We knew how special Cyril was and how special that band was. It was pure Chicago blues. It was Muddy Waters personified." It was tragic to think that Cyril Davies's harmonica would never again feel his boozy breath. There was no time for sad songs, though. "It was pretty down," remembers Geoff Bradford, who was on the bandstand with Baldry and the others that night. "But the show must go on and all that." Ian MacLagan, then keyboardist with Eel Pie regulars the Muleskinners, admits to closely studying the All Stars' musicianship. "I played guitar as well," says MacLagan, "so I used to look up at Geoff Bradford, trying to figure out exactly what key he was in, because he would do these crazy inversions. His hands would just move slowly up and down the neck and you could never tell. I was also transfixed watching Cliff Barton, who is just a fantastic bass player, and I talked to him every gig I could." "Jeff Beck and the Tridents also played that night," Bradford recalls, "as the interval band." Baldry was sufficiently impressed with the young Beck that, within a few months, he offered him a job in his band. Beck, however, politely declined the invitation. "I’d tried to grab him," Baldry told The New Breed in 2001, "but his wife at the time, or a very intense girlfriend, would not let him give up his daytime job. She was happier for him to remain semi-pro and just do the odd gig over at Eel Pie Island with the Tridents."Funny blurb from Alan Shatlock who produced Jeff's cover of 'Wild Thing" which can be found on 'Beckology'.....
"Jeff was a boyhood guitar hero, still is - he's a very special man on the guitar, he's pretty unbelievable. It's funny how he comes into the studio with grease on his hands all the time, all over his hands - he's a car fanatic, absolute car fanatic, and he'll come in and say 'sorry I've been working on the car.' He'll get grease all over the guitar - 'sounds better that way' he'll say."And lastly a link to what we guess is a bootleg CD site? The Jeff Beck/Rolling Stones audition tapes from 1975 which by all accounts we've heard of was a major cluster f**k.
JEFF BECK WORLD TOUR 2014 April 4th…Tokyo, Japan NKH Hall April 5th…Osaka, Japan Amashin Archaic Hall April 7th…Tokyo, Japan Dome City Hall April 8th…Tokyo, Japan Dome City Hall April 9th…Tokyo, Japan Dome City Hall April 11th..Sapparo, Japan Nitori Bunker Hall April 13th..Iwate, Japan Kenmin Kaikan April 14th..Yokohama, Japan Yokohama Pacifico April 15th..Nagoya, Japan Shi Kokaido April 16th..Osaka, Japan Osaka Festival Hall April 19th..Byron Bay Byron Bay Festival Australia April 21st..Sydney, Australia Sydney Opera House (support act Beth Hart and Jon Nichols) April 22nd..Melbourne, Australia Hammer Hall (support act Beth Hart and Jon Nichols) April 24th..Perth, Australia Perth Concert Hall April 26th..Seoul, South Korea Olympic Hall May 13th…Southend, UK Cliff’s Pavillion May 14th…London, UK Royal Albert Hall May 16th…Bristol, UK Colston Hall May 17th…Oxford, UK New Theatre May 19th…Manchester, UK Bridgewater Hall May 20th…Birmingham, UK Birmingham Symphony Hall May 21st…Dublin, Ireland Olympia Theatre May 22nd...London, England-The Ivo Novella Awards, Grosvenor House May 25th…Utrecht, Netherlands Trivoli Hall May 26th…Brussels, Belgium Ancienne Belgique May 27th… Paris, France Rex Theatre May 29th… Cologne, Germany E-Werk Hall May 30th… Berlin, Germany Columbia Theatre June 1st….. Frankfurt, Germany Capitol Theatre June 2nd…. Munich, Germany Circus Krone June 4th….. Prague, Czech Republic
Jeff has been doing some pre-tour promotion...here's an Australian radio interview he did recently; http://www.oxygene8.com/JB_interview.mp3
Speaking of dates...here's one for all of you in the Portland, Oregon area....Jennifer Batten doing an evening of Jeff Beck music!
Jeff was at a must-see show for him recently, Billy Cobham at Ronnie Scott's in London. Here's a pic of Jeff with keyboardist Gary Husband who also attended the show....fans will recall Gary performed with Jeff and Beverly Knight at the Bob Marley tribute a few years back at the UK Hall of Fame show. Jonathan Joseph can be seen over Gary's shoulder as well.
With the 56th Annual Grammy Awards recently being handed out, our old friend Doc assembled this list of Jeff's Grammy nominations and awards for your perusal...
GRAMMY NOMINATIONS AND GRAMMY WINS FOR JEFF BECK 1977...WIRED - Best Pop Instrumental Performance 1985..."Escape" Best Rock Instrumental Performance-First win 1990....GUITAR SHOP Best Rock Instrumental Performance-Second win 1993..."Hound Dog" Best Rock Instrumental Performance 1994..."High Heel Sneakers" Best Rock Instrumental Performance 2000..."A Day In The Life" Best Pop Instrumental Performance 2000..."What Mama Said" Best Rock Instrumental Performance 2002..."Dirty Mind" Best Rock Instrumental Performance-Third win 2004..."Plan B" Best Rock Instrumental Performance - Fourth win 2010..."A Day In The Life" Best Rock Instrumental Performance-Fifth win 2011..."Nessun Dorma" Best Pop Instrumental Performance-Sixth win 2011..."Hammerhead" Best Rock Instrumental Performance-Seventh win 2011..."Imagine" Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals-Eighth win 2011..."I Put A Spell On You" Best Rock Vocal Perfromance By A Duo or Group
Another studio engineer's career retrospective book is out which of course if it didn't mention Jeff Beck we wouldn't either. It's "Are We Still Rolling?: Studios, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll - One Man's Journey ..." By Phill Brown. You can read a little preview of the section on Jeff here; http://books.google.com/books?id=jkhMAgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=greg+geller+jeff+beck&hl=en&sa=X&ei=WVnlUp8X9d-wBP-ngtgJ&ved=0CEsQ6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=jeff%20beck&f=false
And lastly...Sandra Beck contacted us and told us she is looking for the identity of the person who took the photo below. Our investigation has narrowed the timeline to between summer '73 and summer '74. Whereabouts unknown. So, we are asking... Who Took This Photo Of Jeff Preparing To Take A Photo? If you are the photographer or know who is, someone connected to this famous person wants to know it from you!!
Well, this didn't take long....Our good friend from Greece, Otis, was quick on the draw. We had deduced that the pic was '73 to '74 probably in UK and if so definitely summer. Otis collects old mags especially with Jeff and quickly pulled out the German rock Magazine named 'Pop' (Issue 19 what a bizzaro coincidence) and voila' there is this pic presumably with others. The mag featured Jeff and then pop star/kid actor David Cassidy. London Features Int. has photo rights from photographer(s) Bob Ellis and Franz Gloor. Research on Bob Ellis turned up a similar affinity to Jeff for early rockabilly as Bob wrote the liner notes to a 1959 lp Rock n Roll Revue which featured among others a tune by Tiny Bradshaw, who of course also co authored 'Train Kept A Rollin'! Ellis shot photos for the Montrose Lp the same year, '73, as the Jeff Beck shoot and went on later to shoot Lp photo art for multiple Pink Floyd and AC/DC releases. Thanks to Otis and Sheila for helping us sort through all this and get it nailed down!
Leading up to the new album release and the world tour, the press appearances have already begun. Sky Arts TV in the UK recently aired a four part series hosted by Malcolm Gerrie featuring Jeff recounting his past career with live performance bits, most notably a stirring rendition of “Where Were You” with accompaniment by Nicolas Meier off camera who then can be seen on camera after Jeff introduces Nicolas as a guitarist “twenty times better than me”. They both then do “A Day In The Life”. Here's the YouTube link; www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjb6m9T1C-c&list=PL42104F268280293E. Recently Jeff also appeared on BBC2 Radio's Chris Evans Breakfast Show. It was touted as 'National Jeff Day' as Jeff Lynne was also a guest as well as singer Christina Perri. Here's a link to Jeff's bit (thanks Bill Lantz); www.oxygene8.com/National_Jeff_Day.html
And here's a pic courtesy of Sandra Beck of Jeff and Christina Perri.
Jonathan Joseph was back in Miami recently with his lovely wife Wendy. While here he drummed at a regular Monday night jazz jam that they hold at a local place called 'Churchill's'. Dick went down to visit and here are a couple of pics.
And lastly our trip back into the past for this installment. We recently were contacted by photographer Ben Upham who has some great pics of Jeff performing in Oakland, CA on June 6, 1976 at the 'Day On The Green' concert. This was the tour that featured Jeff and Jan Hammer. Here's a pic from the series of Jeff and Fernando Saunders.
Here's a link to all of Ben's HQ shots of the show; http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/ben-upham.html?tab=artworkgalleries&artworkgalleryid=82571
Artists often like to 'tour behind' something. With Jeff's tour of Japan about to start, Warner Bros. Japan has given Jeff just that. A three song EP called "Yosogai" which in Japanese means 'Unexpectedly' will be released April 5th and can be purchased at; http://www.wmg.jp/artist/jeffbeck/WPCR000015682.html.
The cover art is built around a photo by Robert Knight.
The three songs are;
In this picture Sophie is only 23 years old. The shirt Jeff is wearing was given to him by our friend and rock 'n' roll clothier supreme, Alan Sholiton back in late 2010! (We'll tell the whole shirt story in the next What's New).
When we first heard Sophie was working with Jeff last year we reached out to her via Facebook and she kindly wrote back to us with her impressions.
Hi there! My experience working with Jeff Beck was truly amazing. SMV sent me this track they'd written/recorded with him (I had to confirm with them on the phone that they were talking about living legend Jeff Beck!). I wrote and sang something quite 'rock' and slightly crazy on top, which I sent back a few hours later. They played it to Jeff who loved it, so they asked me to stop by their studio to meet Jeff, record more vocals and possibly write something else with them, which we did. Jeff's playing is so unique and amazing. His musicality and groove are limitless and that is so inspiring. I learnt a lot just watching him play in the studio. Writing with him - let alone singing! - was a real privilege. He gave me great advice on singing too at some point, on another song we wrote together, as I was struggling with some very very low notes. He said "just whisper it" and it worked of course. I truly treasure these moments and feel very honored to have met and worked with him. I would do it all again - anytime! Hope this helps! All the best Sophie Delila
Last week Jeff was in Frankfurt, Germany signing autographs at the Fender booth of the Musikmesse music trade show. Here's a couple pics;
According to the trade show's Facebook blog, https://www.facebook.com/musikmesse/posts/685184001539818, Jeff's booth had the longest queue!
And speaking of Germany, we've learned blues guitarist Oli Brown will opening some of Jeff's date there. His webpage, www.olibrownofficial.com.
We recently recieved this pic courtesy of Sandra Beck...Jeff (we're guessing at a California car show) with actress Candy Clark who appeared in among others, one of Jeff's favorite movies, "American Graffiti". You know the yellow deuce and everything.
And lastly for this post some sad news..Dan Griffin, producer/writer of the book and unreleased documentary, "Blue Moon Boys, The Story Of Elvis Presley's Band (All The Kings Men) which featured Jeff Beck and Ronnie Wood among others in the documentary saluting Scott Moore, DJ Fontana, and Bill Black, has passed away. Dan was a big Jeff Beck fan and supporter of this website. We join his loved ones in their grief and celebration of his life.
Lots of news! First Japanese tour reports are in thanks to Toshi. You know Toshi, we've mentioned him here a million times. Which reminds me, I've been told a million times not to exaggerate. Here's the setlist from the April 4th opener from Toyko's NKH Hall featuring the new Jeff Beck Band quartet...Jonathan Joseph - drums and percussion as well as backup vocals, Rhonda Smith - bass, upright bass and vocals, Nick Meier - guitar and midi guitar and Jeff Beck on Stratospheric guitar.
1.Loaded(new) 2.Nine(new) 3.Little Wing 4.You Know You Know 5.Hammerhead 6.Angels Footsteps 7.Stratus 8.Yemin 9.Where Were You 10.The Pump 11.Goodbye Pork Pie Hat/Brush With The Blues 12.You Never Know 13.Danny Boy 14.Blue Wind 15.Led Boots 16.Corpus Christi Carol 17.Big Block 18.A Day In The Life -encore- 19.Rollin And Tumblin 20.Cause We've Ended As Lovers
Opener is a bit of surprise, right off the bat 'Loaded' from the new Lp...as you can see here from YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCU817jt55E, Jeff plays his white, blond necked Tele tuned to a 'drop D'. And here's 'Yemin' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDVos9wpq0I.
Here's a pic of the April 3rd rehearsal setlist....
And here's the setlist from the April 5th show at Osaka's Amashin Archaic Hall.
4/5 Amashin Archaic Hall 1.Loaded(new) 2.Nine(new) 3.Little Wing 4.You Know You Know 5.Hammerhead 6.Angel Footsteps 7.Stratus 8.Yemin 9.Where Were You 10.The Pump 11.Goodbye Pork Pie Hat/Brush With The Blues 12.You Never Know 13.Danny Boy 14.Blue Wind 15.Led Boots 16.Corpus Christi Carol 17.Big Block 18.A Day In The Life -encore- 19.Rollin And Tumblin 20.Cause We've Ended As Lovers 21.Why Give It Away(new)
Second night 'Why Give It Away', also from the new Lp and the three song Japanese Ep, was added. On the record it's sung by Sophie Delila, we're guessing Rhonda sang it since she's a great singer. Other details from Toshi...Jeff used three guitars...the Tele as we said on 'Loaded', one of his back-up Strats for 'Little Wing' which he usually has tuned down to an Eb...and his main Strat. On the second night Nick Meier extended the intro to 'Yemin' to include the melody of the traditional Japanese song 'Sakura Sakura' which means 'Cherry Tree'. April is when cherry trees blossom in Japan.
Now, on to the next big news...more U.S. dates announced as well as that Jeff will be co-headlining all of them with ZZ Top!
Here's the press release...
This August will see long time music legends and mutual admirers, ZZ Top and Jeff Beck on tour together for the first time. The tour launches in Missoula, MT on August 8 and will run for five weeks with stops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Denver, Detroit, Boston and NYC . . . (more dates TBA). Formatted with musical synergy in mind, stops along the touring route will offer fans a full Jeff Beck set, followed by a full ZZ Top set, with a finale that joins the English fret master with the Texas rockers for a collaboration each night of the tour. ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, speaking on behalf of band mates Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, noted that Beck has long been a source of musical inspiration from the time when Beck played in the Yardbirds, the seminal hard blues-based Britrock band. Gibbons commented, “Ever since experiencing ‘Jeff’s Boogie,’ the prospect of performance with Jeff Beck on the deck brings us into focus with the curator of crunch.” Likewise, Beck has been an enduring fan of ZZ Top, from even before their ascendance in popularity in the 70s and 80s. He remarked, “Ever since Eliminator I thought it would be great to play with ZZ Top,” and went on to declare Billy Gibbons,“The Professor of Grunge.” This tour is not the first live collaboration between the two camps. Gibbons joined Jeff Beck and his band on stage at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, where they performed The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “Foxey Lady” and ZZ Top’s hit “Rough Boy” together. The following year Jeff Beck joined ZZ Top in Lucca, Italy for an extended rendition of the band’s signature piece “La Grange.” This, however, marks the first time Jeff Beck and ZZ Top will have done any sort of extensive touring together. ZZ Top, formed in the Houston area of Texas in 1969, became a huge national touring act in the 70s and darlings of MTV in the 80s, going on to sell tens of millions of records. Their unique hybrid of dirty blues, hard rock, incorporating new sounds and technology, earned them induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 with Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones doing the honors. Jeff Beck, a native of London and two-time Rock And Roll Hall of Famer (with The Yardbirds in 1992, and on his own in 2009), helped set the template in the 60s for the solo-heavy, feedback-laden, rock guitar hero archetype. He formed the Jeff Beck Group by the end of that decade with then-unknown vocalist Rod Stewart, eventually going solo, with forays into fusion and beyond in the mid-70s. Beck, like ZZ Top, has continually incorporated new sounds and technologies into his work throughout his half-century long career. Lately, Beck has been working on a new studio album, his first since the 2010 release of the critically acclaimed Emotion & Commotion, which earned him two Grammy Awards and the highest charting debut in his career. Jeff Beck with ZZ Top Tour Itinerary: August 8 OgrenPark Missoula, MT August 9 Chateau Ste. Michelle Woodinville, WA August 10 Cuthbert Amphitheatre Eugene, OR August 12 The Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA August 13 Greek Amphitheatre Los Angeles, CA August 15 Ironstone Amphitheatre Murphys, CA August 16 The Joint Las Vegas, NV August 17 AVA Amphitheater, Tucson, AZ August 20 Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre Englewood, CO August 22 Zoo Amphitheatre Oklahoma City, OK August 23 Starlight Theater KansasCity, MO August 24 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Maryland Heights, MO August 27 DTE Energy Music Theatre Clarkston, MI August 28 Ravinia Highland Park, IL August 29 Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca, NY August 30 Harrah's Casino Concert Venue, Atlantic City, NJ August 31 MGM Grand Theater @Foxwoods Mashantucket, CT September 2 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Boston, MA September 3 Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD September 4 Nikon @Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, NY September 6 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Alpharetta, GA September 7 St. Augustine Amphitheater St. Augustine, FL September 12 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion The Woodlands, TX More dates TBA
The press release says that each night will end with a 'collaboration' of Jeff and ZZ Top and also mentioned how Billy performed with Jeff's band back in 2009 at the Rock N' Roll Hall Of Fame show in NYC. Someone took the video from that show and edited it with the track of a version of ZZ Top's cover of Tennessee Ernie Ford's 'Sixteen Tons'. And did it very well by the way. Even inserted ol' Tennesse in the video screen behind the stage. Here's the clip...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84zhSF_p0Ao. We've heard Jeff and Billy have seen it, like it so much that it's very likely this will be at least one of the 'collaborations'!
Now before we forget...Martin Power's 'Hot Wired Guitar: The Life of Jeff Beck will officially be released in the U.S. soon....check your usual outlets for a copy.
And lastly as we promised last time, the tail of the shirt, oops we mean the 'tale' of the shirt. In our last installment we posted a pic of Jeff with SMV and Sophie Delila in studio with Jeff wearing one very smart shirt, black with a bunch of musical symbols and notes on it in white. That shirt was given to him by our friend, clothing designer, line creator and R & R clothier supreme Alan Sholiton. It is a very rare, collectable, 'limited edition' that dates back to 1989 and the Jeff Beck/Stevie Ray Vaughn Tour in 1989. Alan met Jeff for the first time as just another lucky JB Fan, and was wearing the shirt that night. Both Stevie and Jeff, in that order, complimented him on the shirt, and Alan explained to them both that it was a from a 'limited edition run" of only 120 pieces worldwide. Alan, over the Christmas Holidays of 2010/2011, sent Jeff an assortment of clothing and included this shirt as an extra "surprise":)!...we've seen him sporting this still outstandingly tasteful piece of "music clothing" and a "priceless" shirt that is super-cool and vintage in it's own way!
Here's a pic of Jeff and Alan from '89 with Alan sporting one of the shirts.
Also, Dick spoke to Jim McCarty the other day while on his UK vaca. He mentioned that he had already been interviewed for a Jeff Beck career retrospective DVD that is being produced by an outfit called 'MVD'. Max Middleton and Carmine Appice have also been interviewed for the project.
At present Jeff is half way through the UK leg of tour. Dick went to four shows over there and also got a chance to spend a day with Sandra Beck visiting the Folly Wildlife Rescue whose auctions we feature on the page. Here's Dick with Annette Risley of Folly Wildlife Rescue and Sandra Beck.
And speaking of Folly Wildlife Rescue auctions, recently we featured one where you could bid on two tickets and two aftershow passes for Jeff's May 14th performance at the Royal Albert Hall. The winning bid was L530.00 or $890.40 and we just got a nice note and pictures from the winning bidder Bill Orton. Here's what he wrote...
Hi Dick/Bill This is me Bill Orton with Jeff at the RAH last night, I won the bid for the meet and greet access tickets in support of the wildlife rescue. This was a fantastic ticket for a major Jeff Beck fan, and they were true to their word in that Julie (my wife) and I were given first access to Jeff in his dressing room. Jeff was very receptive and we also met his wife Sandra. We were not rushed away and could have stayed as long as we wished, with other notable guests ushered through including Bob Geldof, Harry Enfield and Chris Jagger. The concert was really good with many new numbers fitting into the set alongside welcome returns for tracks like Angel Footsteps and Where Were You. We have seen many Jeff Beck shows over the years and this will rate as a special night for us. Looking forward to Birmingham next week. Regards Bill Orton Ps Thanks for the time you put in to keep us informed, I actually run The Official Kinks Fan Club, so do know what it all about.
Going back in reverse order, Jeff's Australian dates with Beth Hart were a huge success. At the Byron Bay Bluesfest, Jeff was joined onstage by Joss Stone who did a rousing rendition of "I've Put A Spell On You". Here's a YouTube of Jeff and Joss in Byron Bay.... link. On May 10th Jeff and Joss (not together) and other greats did another one off Bluesfest in Brazil. Since it was a 'one off' Jeff didn't have his whole band come with him, rather he picked up Tal Wilkenfeld, Vinnie Colaiuta, and his old buddy Jimmy Hall for the gig. There's a bunch of YouTube videos of the gig, too many to list here, just search 'jeff beck brazil' and you'll get them.
Likewise things went well in South Korea albeit a little more somber since his gig there was shortly after that horrendous ferry disasater. For his show Jeff wore a yellow ribbon on his lapel in honor of the victims.
We want to thank again our friend Toshi who sent us reports from all the Japanese gigs. We published the setlists from the first gigs but changes soon followed. At the April 7th gig at the Tokyo Dome City Hall a new song "Choral" was put in place of "Corpus Christi Carol". Those two songs would be swapped out with each other in following shows. At the April 11th gig at the Nitori Culture Hall in Sapporo, Jeff added the middle eastern tinged tune "Egyptian". Also, "Why Give It Away" was moved out of the encore into the main set. Here's the setlist for that night which stayed the same for the rest of that leg.
1.Loaded(new) 2.Nine(new) 3.Little Wing 4.You Know You Know 5.Hammerhead 6.Angel(Footsteps) 7.Stratus 8.Yemin 9.Where Were You 10.Egyptian(new) 11.Goodbye Pork Pie Hat/Brush With The Blues 12.You Never Know 13.Danny Boy 14.Why Give It Away(new) 15.Led Boots 16.Choral(new) 17.Big Block 18.A Day In The Life -encore- 19.Rollin' And Tumblin' 20.Cause We've Ended As Lovers
We got Toshi into a couple of the aftershow 'meet and greets'. However at the one after the April 7th Toyko Dome City Hall gig Toshi didn't get to 'm&g" Jeff because he was busy in his dressing room.....with Jimmy Page! Here's a pic of Jimmy backstage...
We also hear that Jeff hung out with Bob Dylan for a spell after his gig in Nagoya.
Another of our Japanese friends Hidecki Konno sent us some pics of Japanese Jeff Beck fan Yukinori who was at the aftershow of the Iwate gig. This was the first time Jeff had performed in that city. Yukinori brought with him a brand new Fender Jeff Beck Stratocaster which he had the whole band including Jeff sign. Yukinori has another Jeff Beck Strat that he had signed by Jeff during the Emotion And Commotion tour after winning an aftershow pass from a record company. That first Strat survived an earthquake that destroyed Yukinori's house shortly after that tour! We are told Yukinori is planning to aution off this new Strat with the proceeds going to Folly Wildlife Rescue, stayed tuned for details.
The latest media blurbs about Jeff....Guitar World Magazine recently rated the top ten slow song solos.....Jeff's 'Cause We've Ended As Lovers" was numero uno. And there was a feature article on Jeff in the May issue of Mojo Magazine.
Jeff will playing a prostate cancer benefit June 14th along with many other rock stars during a little down time in the middle of the European leg of his world tour. The event will be hosted by comedian and Jeff Beck friend Vic Reeves. Here's the line up....
ROCK N HORSEPOWER IN AID OF PROSTATE CANCER JUNE 14, 2014 Hurtwood Park Polo Club LINE UP ANNOUNCED SO FAR Kenney Jones (from The Small Faces, The Faces & The Who) Roger Daltrey (The Who) Pete Townshend (The Who) Mick Hucknall (Simply Red) Mike Rutherford (from Genesis & Mike and the Mechanics) Procol Harum Jeff Beck (The Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group and many more) Josh Phillips (from Procol Harum) John Lodge (from Moody Blues) Fabbagirls Dave Bronze (from Procol Harum, Eric Clapton) Jim Cregan (Rod Stewart) Geoff Dunn (from Procol Harum) John Thirkell (from Jamiroquai, Tina Turner, David Bowie, Pet Shop Boys & George Michael) John Parr (singer/songwriter – St. Elmo’s Fire) Rick Wills (from Foreigner) Alvin Stardust Jamie Johnson (BBC’s The Voice 2014) Sam Tanner (Brother Strut) Mollie Marriott Damon Hill Nik Kershaw Hosted by Vic Reeves + many more to be announced over the coming days! Hurtwood Park Polo Country Club Horsham Lane, Ewhurst Green Surrey, UK GU6 7SW For tickets: http://www.hurtwoodparkpolo.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Tickets-UPDATED.pdf www.hurtwoodparkpolo.co.uk
And here's the latest US dates with a few adds.
August 8 OgrenPark Missoula, MT August 9 Chateau Ste. Michelle Woodinville, WA August 10 Cuthbert Amphitheatre Eugene, OR August 12 The Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA August 13 Greek Amphitheatre Los Angeles, CA August 15 Ironstone Amphitheatre Murphys, CA August 16 The Joint Las Vegas, NV August 17 AVA Amphitheater, Tucson, AZ August 19 Sandia Casino, Albuquerque, NM August 20 Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre Englewood, CO August 22 Zoo Amphitheatre Oklahoma City, OK August 23 Starlight Theater KansasCity, MO August 24 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Maryland Heights, MO August 27 DTE Energy Music Theatre Clarkston, MI August 28 Ravinia Highland Park, IL August 29 Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca, NY August 30 Harrah's Casino Concert Venue, Atlantic City, NJ August 31 MGM Grand Theater @Foxwoods Mashantucket, CT September 2 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Boston, MA September 3 Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD September 4 Nikon @Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, NY September 6 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Alpharetta, GA September 7 St. Augustine Amphitheater St. Augustine, FL September 9 Cruzan Amphitheater, West Palm Beach, FL September 10 MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater, Tampa, FL September 12 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion The Woodlands, TX September 13 WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, OK More dates TBA
We love old timey concert posters....here's one promoting The Jeff Beck Group's November 8, 1968 performance at Houston's Music Hall. Tickets $3 to $5? Those were the days. Anyway, opening act was The Moving Sidewalks whose guitarist was?.....Billy Gibbons.
Jeff and Sandra Beck are coming up this summer on their 9th Wedding Anniversary having been married in 2005...In deference to fans we have been authorized to publish a Wedding Day photo by Maryanne Billham courtesy of Sandra Beck. We at www.ainian.com along with fans worldwide wish them all the continued best and happiness!!
May 22, 2014, Grosvenor House, London. Jeff won an Ivor Novello Award! Presented since 1956, the Ivor Novello Awards honour excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing. They are judged by the songwriting and composing community. The actual award title is; 'PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music'.
And speaking of awards, we've just learned Jeff will be receiving another major lifetime achievement award in the United States during his upcoming tour there.
We posted on our main page last week the press release from Jeff concerning the cancellation of the second half of his European tour and the reason, a medical issue that is being addressed. We have been authorized by Mr. Brian May himself “Bri” to reprint his well wishes for Jeff with accompanying pic from Brian May’s Soapbox Page at www.brianmay.com. Brian, a brilliant world reknown guitarist and member of Queen, is a great pal of Jeff’s and has jammed together with him numerous times over the years. Photo by Mandy Hall.
When Jeff picks up the U.S. leg of his tour (with ZZ Top) in August, he will be joined by old pal Jimmy Hall on vocals. Jimmy recently accompanied Jeff on that Bluesfest gig in Brazil. Jeff's setlist will no doubt be altered to accomodate. Live Nation is billing this tour as the 'Beards And Beck' tour. Hah. Here's pic from Jimmy's FaceBook fan page of Jed Lieber, Jimmy, Jeff and Jimmy's son Ryan in Los Angeles during rehearsals at Jed's studio in the Sunset Marquis for the gig.
We came across a most impressive media collection of pro Jeff Beck shots starting with events in the mid last decade. The link: http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Jeff+Beck. Also the JBAGG and ainian.com contributor, Sheila Melms is working on getting these and multi internet source photos added to Jeff's FaceBook photo posts by others pages as BECKOLOGY continues!
On June 24, 2014 Jeff celebrated his 70th birthday! The weekend prior they had a huge bash at Riverhall. Here's a pic of Jeff's birthday cake. A World War II Spitfire flying over the countryside!
Mike Sanchez and his band played at the party. A Latin band also played for an hour. Joss Stone was in attendance and sang "I Put A Spell On You" and Beck family friend, actress and singer Kymberley Pody performed "Red House". Jeff and Jonathan Joseph sat in on those two numbers.
And last, for our blast from the past this edition, here's a link to a NME (New Music Express) magazine article from August 5, 1972 about Jeff's new band BBA. Enjoy. https://geirmykl.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/article-about-beck-bogert-appice-from-new-musical-express-august-5-1972/
Loaded Nine You Know You Know Hammerhead Yemin You Never Know Big Block Morning Dew Why Give It Away A Change Is Gonna Come Little Wing Rollin' And Tumblin' Going DownJeff is all mended from his recent health hiccup that cancelled some of this European dates and performed a 70 minute set. The structure of the set is Jeff comes out, does 7 instrumental numbers...Jimmy Hall then joins the band after 'Big Block' and finishes off the set. Jeff then joins ZZ at the end of their set. ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill who had surgery for kidney stones right before the tour, seems also to be mended as well. Here's the tunes Jeff did with ZZ.
La Grange Tush Rough Boy 16 Tons Jailhouse RockHere's a great pic of the band at soundcheck from the August 8th show in Missoula, MT courtesy of Peter Mackay.
Two days later, August 10th at the show in Eugene, OR, former Jeff Beck bandmate and guitarist extrodinaire, Jennifer Batten was backstage. Here she is with Jonathan Joseph.
Jennifer told us she gave Jeff some belated birthday presents, various things including a killer picture of Django Reinhardt teaching a little kid guitar.
On August 12th, Dick got to speak to Jimmy Hall at length on the phone. He said he has never been in a band with so much camaraderie. Everybody including Jeff is in great spirits and that Jeff is moving around and playing 100%. The VIP sound checks have been especially fun since sometimes Jeff has loosened up and spoke a few words to the polite, respectful sound check VIP attendees and depending on what needs to be worked on has even taken a soundcheck or two beyond the time length what it normally is, thrilling the fans. He and ZZ are working on the end of show joint portion to craft an even better show ending as the tour goes along. They all are excited about and some band members have already seen the new James Brown movie on the off days. They know they are in LA tomorrow and are looking forward to all that show up, before, during and after. Jimmy is especially tickled about Nicolas Meier and his straight forward enthusiasm for everything on the tour...and of course what he does best, singing his heart out. We talked about Jeff and Billy making good on their promise to do Tennessee Ernie Ford’s “Sixteen Tons” and agreed it would be fun for them in some form to bring back the old Duane Eddy number “Forty Miles Of Bad Road” that Jeff and Jimmy did in a Macon, GA studio when they first met in 1970! We wish!
August 13th was the show at that Los Angeles institution the 'Greek'. Here's the LA Time's Randy Lewis' article on the show.
This summer’s touring marriage of English rock guitar hero Jeff Beck and veteran Texas blues rock trio ZZ Top in one sense brings full circle a mutual musical admiration society that was born 46 years ago. That was back in 1968, when Beck, on tour with the Jeff Beck Group after ascending into the pantheon of rock guitar greats with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, reached Dallas, where he played to an audience that included ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons. “He had never seen anything like the size of my amplifier,” Beck, 70, recalled with a laugh earlier this week from a stop in Santa Barbara on the tour that reaches the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday. “That was when I had Rod [Stewart] in the band, and this furniture is wheeled in and I think the top of the cabinet was touching the ceiling,” Beck said. “The whole audience was in shock, including Billy.” Gibbons subsequently helped Beck’s group transport their equipment from that gig, but then they went their separate ways, Beck pushing the boundaries of blues-based rock guitar playing into more musically and sonically expansive realms, Gibbons and ZZ Top honing in on blues- rooted rock that became the stock-in-trade of “that little ol’ band from Texas. On the current tour, Beck is accompanied by guitarist Nicolas Meier, bassist Rhonda Smith, drummer Jonathan Joseph and singer Jimmy Hall. They play a two-part set—the first instrumentals, the second with Hall handling vocals—before turning things over to Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard. “We could never figure out what Beck was doing on his instrument to get those sounds, and it was that mystery that inspired us to push our own sound to the next level,” Gibbons said recently in a statement. “It is an honor to be sharing the stage with the curator of crunch.” After the separate sets, Beck and ZZ Top join forces for a few more numbers—at some early shows they’ve collaborated on ZZ Top hits “La Grange” and “Tush” and one night added a rendition of Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock,” a nod to the influence the early American rockers had on both acts. While Presley was never a guitar hero, Beck said the King and his band had a huge impact on him. “Absolutely,” he said. “The thing is, because he was girly fodder and he looked so great, I always instantly focused on the guitar sound and the drums on his records. D.J. Fontana’s drums were mind-blowing. “We pursued all the big [early rock] guys,” he said. “My favorite was Gene Vincent. He didn’t look like Elvis—he wasn’t hunky. He looked like a serial killer. But the accuracy of all that backing from his band [The Blue Caps] was what swept me away.” Beyond shared musical passion, Beck and ZZ Top also are major aficionados of classic cars. When Beck saw ZZ Top's car-rooted campaign for its 1983 breakthrough album, "Eliminator," "I thought, 'They've just stolen my whole idea. But that was American subculture through and through, and I had no right to claim any of it. And they did it so beautifully." Beck developed a reputation for his innovative guitar work in the early ‘60s, and was drafted as a member of the Yardbirds in 1965, to replace one Eric Clapton, himself a replacement for the group’s original lead guitarist Anthony “Top” Topham. Fans and press often conjectured about a rivalry between Clapton and Beck, but Beck has downplayed any animosity between the two over the years. In recent years Clapton has lauded Beck as the best rock guitarist in the world. Both, however, were in awe of Hendrix when he surfaced, especially after they were able to see him perform when he was in England in the mid-1960s. Beck noted that before Hendrix, most rock guitar players concentrated on a similar style and technical vocabulary, something that Hendrix blew apart with his unconventional approach to the instrument. That encouraged Beck to push his own limits, and over the decades he’s created a distinctive, emotionally deep, melodically rich style that’s earned him a reputation as a musician’s musician. A white Fender Stratocaster is the instrument most closely associated with him. He’s long been fascinated with classical music, and has even recorded an arrangement of Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony for electric guitar, a recording he hopes to release if he can find record label support for the project. In a year when 50th anniversaries of the Beatles’ arrival in the U.S. and the launch of the British Invasion are being celebrated on multiple levels, Beck—who first hit the big time in early 1965 after joining the Yardbirds—says he’d like to put together a 50-year career retrospective show. It would tap the various facets of his musical path, from the Yardbirds to the Jeff Beck Group through other associations including with Beck, Bogert & Appice and multiple solo ventures. “That would take a year to assemble,” said Beck, who also is going through live recordings from recent shows in Japan for possible release as a live album later this year. “I’d like to use the Strypes, that little band from Ireland, to open, because they look like me, and what the Yardbirds look like, only maybe five years younger. I’d like to get whoever is alive and kicking and still playing and get them along instead of having a core band, and do a proper production with all the bells and whistles.” Such an project would dovetail with plans in the works for an autobiography and a film based on Beck’s life, all of which, the guitarist said, would incorporate heavy doses of humor. “I want the movie to be made,” he said. “I think I’ve got the funniest film ever, from Day 1 when I was first able to recognize my mum. It would be sort of enchanting and Disney-esque, with all the nastiness of a horror film. Mostly horror.” Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times
We mentioned in JBB#19 in the 'tour reports from the fans', Japan edition that a friend of our friend Hideki named Yukinori had purchased a brand new Jeff Beck Fender Stratocaster that he had signed by Jeff as well as all of the band after his show in Iwate, Japan. Yukinori wanted to donate this Strat in some way to Jeff and Sandra Beck's favorite charity 'Folly Wildlife Rescue'
Yukinori decided the easiest way to pull this off was to offer the guitar for sale through a guitar shop he uses in Japan. Although the shop only dealt with Japanese buyers, the guitar was quickly sold to a party in Tokyo for about $3750! The money will be put directly towards fitting out one of the 11 large aviaries they’re looking to put in their new building!
Few more tidbits from Jeff's birthday bash a couple of months ago. Here's a pic of Jeff and Joss Stone ripping it up on 'I Put A Spell On You'. (Btw does this girl own any shoes?)
And here's a pic of the lady who sang 'Red House' at the party, Kymberley Pody.
In the May 'What's New' we mentioned Jeff playing at a cancer benefit at the Hurtwood Park Polo Club on June 14th. It was a star studded event host by Vic Reeves and we've got a pic of some of the chaps...Jeff along with Ian McLagan, Ronnie Wood, Mick Hucknall and Kenny Jones.
Lastly, as we are wont to do...some oldies...two pics, one from the August 1965 Richmond Jazzfest, another from that period.
In another perfect illustration of Murphy's Law...the latest issue of Guitar World has guess who on the cover?
Nevertheless, after ZZ had to pull out due to Dusty Hill's injury, Jeff and band did three re-scheduled sold out shows as the solo headliners at New York, New Jersey and Connecticut casinos. Quite a feat, playing to over 10,000 fans on very short notice. Here's the band with a toast to their fans. (Jimmy has an invisible champagne glass btw, hah.)
Edgar Winter has been touring with a 'Rockin' Bluesfest' tribute to his brother Johnny Winter which includes, among others, The Vanilla Fudge and Kim Simmons from Savoy Brown. On a recent Friday evening, the tour came to The Broward Center For The Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. Dick had a long dinner and chat with Carmine Appice about the rigors of touring while still playing high powered rock, drum style shop talk regarding Jeff Beck's various career stages and ever pledging views to keep pushing for past archives to be released. Carmine mentioned he would love to sit down and have a long chat with Jeff again. Here's a 'selfie' of the two.
Another Jeff Beck session entry we need to add to our discography. On October 27th Suzi Quatro will be releasing a 4 CD set to commemorate her 50 years in the 'biz'. Jeff will appear on her cover of the Eagle's 'Desperado'
While in London last spring, Dick met up with unofficial Jeff Beck biographer Martin Power, author of 'Hot Wired Guitar The Life Of Jeff Beck'.
And speaking of guitars...everyone wants to know what's the deal with the reverse headstock Strat Jeff is/was using on the U.S. dates. Bottom line, we don't know yet. We were going to ask but then the tour was suspended. Of course that 'look' was made famous by Hendrix who played right handed Strats left handed. Upside down but strung left handed. Some folks believe the reverse headstock can make bending high strings easier and give the lower ones more 'slap'. Some don't think it makes any difference. Our take at this point...Jeff's current 'number one' guitar is the same guitar from the last several years...but with a cool looking reverse headstock neck...with the old Wilkenson roller nut and locking tuners. Below is a crop of a photo taken by Geoffrey Gribbins at the Woodinville, WA show.
And now to return to the days of yesteryear as we are wont to do... this episode takes us back to June 9, 1990...Jimmy Page and Jeff at Les Paul's 75th birtday party.
"No Man's Land", official theme of the UK's 2014 Poppy Day Appeal, featuring Joss Stone and Jeff Beck, is to be released as a single CD on Amazon October 23rd. Scheduled at this time are live performances by Joss and Jeff of the song at; Covent Garden, October 30th, The Festival Of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall November 8th (broadcast on the BBC) and the pregame at Wembley Stadium's November 9th NFL Dallas/Jacksonville game. The song's proceeds benefit the Royal British Legion on this the 100th Anniversary of The Great War. The song, chosen by Joss and Jeff, was written in 1976 by Scottish folk artist Eric Bogle. The chorus references two famous pieces of military music, 'The Last Post' and 'Flowers Of Remembrance'. It was co-produced by Jonathan Joseph.
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Okay, that's all the plugging we're doing. Neil Murray is such a cool guy. From Dick's UK tour reports you can see he met up with Neil just before the Bristol show. Neil was very kind to send us this note and the following scans.
Hi Dick, I am finally going to get rid of some old magazines from the ‘60s onwards, though I actually started scanning parts of them 14 years ago! Looking again at the articles I wanted to preserve on computer, I discovered of course that there are a few with Jeff – he wrote a monthly column for Beat Instrumental (B.I.) during some of 1966. I enclose them here, and when I get around to scanning later copies, of course I’ll pass on more stuff. (I haven’t checked – maybe you already have these!). Best wishes, Neil Murray
Nope, here they are.
Two more cool guys sent as emails and pictures we would like to share.
Last update we mentioned the 'Oxblood Les Paul' and posted the first ever pic we know of it with Jeff. This prompted our friend Chris Dixon to send us this note and pictures...
Hey Bill, We've corresponded in the past but has been awhile, hope all well at ainian! Prompted by the early pic of JB with the "oxblood" Les Paul I thought to send you this mini-gallery of pix with same, also before he removed the pickup covers and pickguard. The first was printed in "Jeff's Book" but was mislabeled as from NYC. They are in fact all from John Carroll University outside Cleveland on April 12, 1973 (see stub). Timely sidenote in that the opener was Wet Willie whose singer Jimmy Hall I saw with Jeff just a couple of weeks ago (one of the shows ZZ Top pulled out of but Jeff played anyways, at Foxwoods in CT). Anyway use them if/as see fit, if wanna throw a credit to "the collection of" feel free. Cheerz and keep up the good work! Chris Dixon
Also got a note from Art Doyle from Shawnee Mission, Kansas. He sent us these pics from one of few times Jeff has performed at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. These are from 1977 when Jeff was on tour with the Jan Hammer Group.
And speaking of pictures stay tuned. We will be wrapping up Jeff Beck Bulletin Issue #19 in the next few weeks with two incredible photo spreads that we are very happy to have the permission to publish. Both were taken by professional photographers and are stunning. The first will be by Jim Belmont taken at Jeff's recent Atlantic City gig and the second by Alan Barnes of C4Miles Photography taken at the Covent Garden 'Poppy' performance with Joss Stone last month.
Accompanying Alan Barnes to the Covent Garden performance was our old friend John Hill who knows all things Fender. He has this show report with an informed but albeit unverified take on Jeff's 'new' guitar.
With only a 15 watt Fender Pro Junior lll amp and his new Masterbuilt Strat to keep himself and powerhouse vocalist Joss Stone warm, the world’s greatest guitarist Jeff Beck went busking for charity in London’s busy Covent Garden. Taking to the makeshift stage just after 6pm last Thursday 23 October 2014 with the Royal Air Force in support and amidst high security alert Jeff and Joss played 'No Man’s Land' the official Poppy Day memorial fundraising single and only one other song with Joss’s band and Eric Clapton’s backing singers before departing the portico of St Paul’s Covent Garden church famous for introducing the Eliza Doolittle character in the opening scene of George Bernard Shaw’s ‘Pygmalion’. The Fender Custom Shop White Stratocaster seen here with reverse headstock made its debut with the Guitarmaster on the ZZ Top tour earlier in the year on the 9th of August at Ogren Park in Missoula, Missouri. Already being dubbed the ‘Jimi’ Beckocaster Strat, Jeff is reported to have taken well to the change of string tension on the high strings gifted by the Hendrix-type reversed headstock and the as yet unknown custom-wound pickups in combination with paper and oil capacitor, vintage white and black wiring, custom-taper pots and 5-way toggle switch for that buttery, woody, vintage Strat tone at the hands of the master and courtesy of Fender Custom Shop’s Todd Krausse who is rapidly gaining a reputation as masterbuilder to the stars! Best John
And lastly, a picture. We don't know exactly where or whence it came. Our take is that 1) It's from the 60's. and 2) From the background which looks like a parking lot and a house that has a big propane tank, it's somewhere in America. Enjoy.
Be seeing you.