Jeff Beck began his career in 1965 when he joined the already active Yardbirds, taking the place of Eric Clapton. To celebrate his fifty years in the business, Beck will play a special show on August 10 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
Joining Beck for the evening will be friend and regular collaborator Buddy Guy. Jeff is excited about the collaborative evening, saying “Sharing the stage and this moment with Buddy is a dream for me. His live concerts are legendary and the music world would be a very boring place without his influence.”
Beck said in a press release that his beginnings as a guitarist were quite humble. “Right from the beginning, I’ve tried to do something with anything I’ve got hold of. At the age of 13, I built two or three of my own guitars. I painted the frets on. It was fun just to look at it and hold it… I knew where I was headed.”
While Beck is calling 2015 his 50th anniversary, he actually started a bit earlier, playing with the London-based R&B band The Night Shift in 1963 and 1964 along with a number of other smaller bands. In March 1965, he was recommended by Jimmy Page for the Yardbirds with whom he played for twenty months and can be heard on such classic tracks as Heart Full of Soul, I’m a Man, Shape of Things and Over Under Sideways Down.
After leaving the Yardbirds, Beck started his long and very successful solo career with Beck’s Bolero, which also featured Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Nicky Hopkins and Keith Moon, and the Jeff Beck Group which originally included a young Rod Stewart.
Beck is an eight-time Grammy Winner and has been inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, first as part of the Yardbirds (1992) and as a solo artist (2009).
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