Guitar Great Jeff Beck's First Tour In Six Years

The rather awesome guitarist Jeff Beck is taking to the road for his

first major tour in six years. The one-time Yardbirds' lead guitarist,

will co-headline a two and a half month U. S. tour with Santana

beginning July 31 in Vienna, VA and concluding on October 9 in New

York. Beck will perform an all-instrumental set accompanied by drummer

Terry Bozzio, keyboardest Tony Hymas and bassist Pino Palladino. The

tour is tied to the August 15 release of a 14 song Best of Beck

anthology featuring liner notes by Living Colour's Vernon Reid. Beck's

last serious U. S. tour was with the late Stevie Ray Vaughan in 1989.

Beck first gained renown in the mid-'60s when he joined the Yardbirds

(see today's "Say It's Your Birthday" for more info and a few

redundancies), replacing Eric Clapton. Unlike Clapton, who was a blues

purist at the time, Beck provided the Yardbirds with a modern,

idiosyncratic guitar sound. He was a truly avant-garde experimentalist

at the time, and was instrumental in the evolution of rock guitar.

Anyone who has seen the classic '60s film Blow Up has

experienced the groundbreaking work of Beck; the group perform "Stroll

On" in the film. After the Yardbirds he formed the Jeff Beck Group,

introducing the world to the then-unknown Rod Stewart. Since then,

when not hanging out in his mansion in the English countryside fooling

with his car collection, Beck has pursued his own brand of

instrumental jazz fusion music. He remains a one of a kind player.

Anyone who cares about rock guitar should see the master at work.