Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Jeff Beck…Saturday night…Ruth Eckard Hall…Clearwater FL.

Jeff Beck…Saturday night…Ruth Eckard Hall…Clearwater FL. 

Yup…I’ll be there, very excited. I saw Eric Clapton earlier this year in Vegas but Beck I’ve followed since he released the Truth album in 1968. It’s the last night of his tour. The band is taking sometime off and starting up again in June.

Let’s talk about the band. Tal Wilkenfeld, the young female bass player is not with him. When I heard this I was disappointed. However, Rhonda Smith, the new bass player is a Canadian (Yeah) won a June in Canada and has performed with: Chaka Khan, Beyonce, T. I., Erykah Badu, Patti Austin, Patrice Rushen, Brenda Russell, Lee Ritenour, Larry Graham, Patti Labelle, Little Richard, Justin Timberlake, Najee, Candy Dulfer, Kirk Whalum and George Clinton. Pretty impressive!

The drummer, Narada Michael Walden, is a Grammy and Emmy winning producer and musician. He played with Jeff Beck back in 1976 on the Wired album.  He replaced Billy Cobham (I’m a drummer, he’s one of my favorites) in the Mahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin.

The keyboard player, Jason Rebello has been playing with Beck since 2006.

Jeff Beck - One of three noted guitarists, with Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, to have played with The Yardbirds, Beck also formed The Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice. He was ranked 14th in Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time"and the magazine has described him as "one of the most influential lead guitarists in rock". He was also ranked fourth greatest rock guitarist of all time in Digital Dream Door.com. MSNBC has called him a "guitarist's guitarist".

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