It was in March of 1965 that a young guitarist by the name of Jeff Beck was recruited by iconic band, The Yardbirds to succeed Eric Clapton on the recommendation of Jimmy Page. After innumerable live performances, ground-breaking albums and one of the most acclaimed careers as one of the premiere guitarists of our time, Beck celebrates 50 years of dynamic music making.
On August 10, 2016, Beck will make a very special appearance at the Hollywood Bowl, joined that evening by close friend and long-time collaborator, Buddy Guy, himself celebrating his 80th birthday!
“Sharing the stage and this moment with Buddy is a dream for me," Beck said. "His live concerts are legendary and the music world would be a very boring place without his influence.”
Over the course of Beck’s illustrious 50-year career, the trailblazing guitarist has earned many accolades. He’s been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – twice! First as a member of the Yardbirds in 1992 and then again, as a solo artist in 2009. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him as one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and he has earned a total of eight Grammy Awards during his long career.
In addition, Beck has been a guest performer at scores of sessions with everyone from Stevie Wonder and Buddy Guy to Tina Turner and Mick Jagger. Throughout his career, the guitarist routinely makes the fantastically difficult sound effortless.
Currently, Beck has been hard at work on his first book, focused on his twin inspirations - hot rodding and rock'n'roll - now bound together. The London-based Genesis Publishing Group plans to release Beck01, a high quality “signed, limited-edition” book, this year. In Beck01 Jeff Beck takes us on the journey of a lifetime.
Over five decades, he has blazed a trail, forging a unique guitar style lauded by critics, fans and fellow guitar legends. “Right from the beginning, I've tried to do something with anything I've got hold of," the guitarist said. "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.”
With everything else he's got going on, Jeff Beck is also hard at work on an officially sanctioned documentary and is currently penning his own autobiography.
Tickets the Hollywood Bowl show are available online at HollywoodBowl.com or via phone at 323.850.2000.