Sad passing of great guitarist
Yes folks another sad loss , late last year a Queen , this time a King , the King of progressive Guitarists namely Jeff Beck . Undeniably the best in Europe , ever since his pyrotechnics in the Yardbirds on early hit singles , Jeff never stopped progressing and forging ahead on albums like "Blow by blow" always coming up with fantastic little licks and ideas .
I first saw him in '68 in London's NW venue in Manor House , playing with him were a little known singer called Rod Stewart , on bass was Ronnie Wood and I can't remember who the drummer was , after all I had gone along to see Jeff Beck and that's who I was interested in . We the crowd were not disappointed Jeff did his stuff superbly well , the whole band for that matter , it would be 5/6 years later that I saw him again in summer '73 at a major German rock festival at the "Radarstadium" outside Frankfurt , Germany . This time he was fronting B.B.A. namely Beck , Bogart and Appice and of course they were brilliant with Jeff being in a more Funky groove ( the Superstition vibe) than Blues mode . Of course since those days he just went Stratospheric in more than one definition of that word , out went the lovely Les Pauls and in came the Strats . But fair do's the Strats did it for him , where the Paul's couldn't , the Les Paul's belonged more to straight blues / rock , also the walls of sound ( Marshall Stacks ) were now not so popular , Guitarists were now using small combos , VOX AC30's , Fender Super Reverbs etc etc .
Anyway back to the main man , he will live on as the legend he was , having probably influenced more Guitarists than anyone else , he certainly did for the likes of me and my mates , remember this was pre Jimi Hendrix , whom we regarded as a new boy on the block .
RIP JEFF BECK .
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