There seems to be no stopping Jeff Beck, the legendary groundbreaking original Guitar Hero. With amazing grace and sensitivity to his instrument he continues to wow fans of all ages.
46 years ago Beck released his first album, Truth, featuring Ron Wood on bass, pre-Rolling Stones, and a boyish Rod Stewart on vocals.
I was first introduced by my old friend Robert Knight to Jeff Beck on Jeff’s birthday in the mid-eighties at a swanky vegetarian Indian restaurant called The Standard in London. We swapped stories of welding and cutting torches and left the talk of music and guitars far behind. It was that day I learned of this love for all things cars and particularly 32 Fords.
Beck’s performance at Chateau Ste. Michelle proved to be everything you would expect from a Jeff Beck concert. From lush swelling tones, to frantic stabbing, as his hands worked their way completely around the fret board without the use of a pick. His use of the tremolo has been copied by countless guitarist aspiring to be like him.
Over the decades Jeff has reinvented himself over and over and over, constantly breaking new ground musically and aligning himself with musicians around the globe far and wide. Those in attendance tonight were treated by his amazing talent.