Veteran guitarist Jeff Beck is hitting the road on a club tour kicking off February 15 in Seattle to support a new album, You Had It Coming, scheduled for U.S. release on February 6.
The album — another instrumental guitar-rock/electronica combo, according to a representative for Sony Music, Beck’s label — is the follow-up to 1999’s Who Else!, which was Beck’s successful first album of new original material in a decade and garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
You Had It Coming was produced by Andy Wright, whose credits include Massive Attack, Natalie Imbruglia, S Club 7 and Eurythmics. British singer and multi-instrumentalist Imogen Heap supplies vocals on two tracks, including the Muddy Waters classic “Rollin’ and Tumblin’.”
Jennifer Batten, a solo artist as well as Michael Jackson’s tour guitarist for five years, and Randy Hope-Taylor, an alumnus of the U.K.’s Incognito, supplied guitar and bass, respectively, while Steve Alexander is credited on drums.
Like Beck’s previous road trip, the tour will again include Batten and Hope-Taylor; new to the touring band is Andy Gangadeen, a top electronica session and tour player whose credits include Massive Attack and the Spice Girls.
The reclusive Beck, universally regarded as one of the top rock guitarists in the world, began his solo career in the mid-’60s after a stint replacing Eric Clapton in the legendary Yardbirds. He later formed the Jeff Beck Group with a then-unknown Rod Stewart on vocals in 1967. Not long after the group disbanded in 1971, Beck, who has been threatening retirement from music since 1966, embarked on a sporadic career as a cutting-edge solo instrumentalist.
Jeff Beck tour dates:
- 2/15 – Seattle, WA @ The Paramount
- 2/16 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
- 2/17 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
- 2/19 – Santa Rosa, CA @ Luther Burbank Center
- 2/20 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
- 2/21 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
- 2/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Universal Amphitheater
- 2/24 – Phoenix, AZ @ Webster Theater
- 2/25 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
- 2/28 – Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall
- 3/1 – Houston, TX @ Aerial Theater
- 3/2 – Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theater
- 3/3 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
- 3/5 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
- 3/6 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
- 3/7 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
- 3/9 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theater
- 3/10 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theater
- 3/11 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
- 3/13 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theater
- 3/14 – Cleveland, OH @ Lakewood Civic Center
- 3/16 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
- 3/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theater
- 3/18 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
- 3/20 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theater
- 3/22 – New York, NY @ Roseland
- 3/23 – New York, NY @ Roseland