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The August 10, 2016 concert was billed as a career retrospective (“50 Years of Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy and Special Guests”) and for almost three hours, if you count Guy’s 45-minute cooker of an opening set, the potentially jaded Hollywood Bowl crowd was treated to a jaw-dropping display of deep blues, hot licks and dive-bombing Stratocaster forays into the ionosphere of rock. He just comes at it from a different angle, more interested in experimenting with sounds than merely playing a guitar well. Some of the songs work better than others; the original ‘Heart full of Soul’ and ‘For your Love’ for instance are never going to be bettered while ‘Shapes of Things’ and ‘Morning Dew’ both of which stick to the Rod Stewart versions fare much better, and the Buddy Guy and Billy Gibbons tracks are superlative.

The encores, two of them, were another youthful bow to the classics: a nod to John Lennon with “A Day in the Life,” which Beck first recorded back in 2003, and a rousing homage to Prince, which had Hart wailing and Tyler taking a back seat for a change with singers Hall and Bones on “Purple Rain. Beck has surrounded himself with a cast of young players—much like the great bluesmen, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and, yes, Buddy Guy, have done. The ever-current Beck has moved on with a new kick-ass femme bassist in Rhonda Smith and the rock-steady rhythm guitarist Carmen Vandenberg. Dipping into his career all the way back to The Yardbirds and the Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart through to more recent times.

The show climaxed with the guests all joining forces for an exhilarating encore performance of "Purple Rain" in tribute to Prince, who had passed away a couple of months before the concert. The author of articles and books on the music of Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and Albert King, among others, his latest project is the forthcoming book, Hendrix Now!

Yes, since I latched onto his unique brilliance when he joined The Yardbirds in fact and I realised that his playing was more inventive than Hank Marvin's ( the British guitar hero that all others efforts were measured up against at the time). This album covers most of Jeff's musical career but I would have liked something from his 'Jeff Beck Group' days of the early 1970's ( when Max Middleton was his keyboard player and Cozy Powell was on drums). Il concerto si snoda senza cali di tensione di con un repertorio che spazia durante tutto l'arco della carriera di Jeff.Un must absolu pour tout amateur de guitare, après son récent décès, de quoi s'apercevoir qu'il est sans aucun doute, sur la durée de son oeuvre, le plus grand guitariste de toute l'histoire du rock. Then it was off to the races, with Beck leading his ensemble through a rapid-fire half-dozen Yardbirds and Jeff Beck Group rockers. Read all In the summer of 2016, Jeff Beck celebrated 50 years of his musical career with a special concert at the famous Hollywood Bowl.

Gibbons for a rousing rendition of “Rough Boy” and a slightly comical version of “16 Tons,” written by Merle Travis and popularized by Tennessee Ernie Ford (“another day older and deeper in debt”). He experimented with me, He gave me a history lesson on his career with the Yardbirds, these long bus rides he took with them, on Jimmy Page, dragging around his guitar on the ground. As the evening progressed he was joined by many of the great musicians he has collaborated with over the years including Billy F. Backstory of a Legend, which features Mick Taylor, the late Alan Douglas and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steve Stevens, Joe Satriani, Leonard Nimoy and a few other Hendrix intimates and devotees in the ultimate followup to his seminal work started at Guitar World thirty years ago. It was Great to see my Friend again, still playing and experimenting, and Collaborating, sharing his night with us.In the summer of 2016, guitar virtuoso Jeff Beck celebrated 50 years of his musical career with an extraordinary concert at the famous Hollywood Bowl. The setlist reached back to his first recordings with The Yardbirds in 1966 and came right up to date with tracks from his most recent album "Loud Hailer. Over Under Sideways Down” had the same youthful energy as it did when Beck and the lads were humping their equipment around England in a van with “Yardbirds” painted on the side of it. Some in the crowd perked up when Steven Tyler pranced out, and it was, as Spock used to say, only logical that he did a version of Tiny Bradshaw’s “Train Kept a-Rollin’,” a song covered by both the Yardbirds and Aerosmith. Yes, Page may have more riffs and Clapton may, only may, rival BB in his solos but only Beck has moved on.

Perhaps not being entirely obsessed with the instrument, 'hot rod' cars seemed to rage an internal war, meant that he could look outside of the confines of 'playing guitar', sure in the knowledge that he had the 'technique'; he only needed a little practice. A musician of principle no less, and a true guitar legend who lets his Stratocaster do the talking - there’s no dad dancing or other embarrassing attempts to try to convince us he’s a 18 year old rebel.

But little did u know I would again years later see him in Concerts and leading up to his 50th Anniversary.

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