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.