New Jeff Beck Live Album & Tour!

Jeff Beck Live + Cover

PRESS RELEASE: Jeff Beck earned raves last year for his spellbinding performances during the hugely successful double-bill tour with ZZ TOP. Fans can relive Beck’s thrilling guitar gymnastics from those shows with a new live album that touches on key eras from the legendary artist’s influential career. The album captures a snapshot of Jeff’s work in 2014, with two newly recorded studio tracks also included, his first new music since 2010’s Grammy®-winning Emotion & Commotion. Read More …

NEWS: Beck, Guy, Di Meola, Green, Bonamassa for Bluesfest


The first round of artists to be announced for the 2010 Byron Bay Bluesfest has been released, and while it’s getting further and further away from what I would call blues, there sure are some kickass guitar players on the bill.

The press release is below, but how about I single out these names for ya:

Jeff Beck
Joe Bonamassa
Buddy Guy
Al Di Meola
Peter Green

Not bad, huh?

Colossal first announcement for Bluesfest 21st Celebration Event

The next Bluesfest era begins now in Tyagarah!

October 28th 2009 – The first round of artists to perform at the 21st Anniversary Bluesfest has today been announced! Australia’s most awarded and internationally renowned festival officially begins a new era (and with any luck another excellent 21 years) with the purchase and move to its permanent new home for the 2010 event – the Tyagarah Tea Tree farm just off the Pacific Highway, 10 minutes north of Byron Bay.

Bluesfest 2010 takes place over Easter from Thursday April 1 through to Monday April 5, 2010. The first artist announcement includes a massive array of the best local and international blues, roots, folk, soul, and world artists – with an emphasis on some of the best guitar players of all time.

The first Bluesfest announcement for 2010 includes:

Crowded House, Buddy Guy, Roger Hodgson from Supertramp, Gipsy Kings, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club®, Jeff Beck, Lyle Lovett, RocKwiz, Jimmy Barnes Plays the Rhythm & the Blues, Jessica Mauboy, The Swell Season, Newton Faulkner, Dr John & the Lower 911, Bèla Fleck’s African Project Featuring Oumou Sangarè & band, Blue King Brown, Al Di Meola World Sinfonia, Gogol Bordello, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Joe Bonamassa, Peter Green & friends, The Flatlanders, Avett Brothers, Justin Townes Earle, Renee Geyer, Colin Hay Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, Lil Band o’ Gold, Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express, AND Robert Gordon & the Gang They Couldn’t Hang – featuring Chris Spedding (Roxy Music), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), and Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats).

Crowded House plays Bluesfest for first time ever!
The Bluesfest team is extremely honoured to present Crowded House for the first time ever as the first announcement headliner, following knock out performances over the years from both Neil Finn and Tim Finn. One of our region’s GREATEST bands, Crowded House is responsible for unforgettable songs such as ‘Weather With You’, ‘Four Seasons In One Day’, and ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ to name but a few. Get set for a dynamic musical journey that will draw from the band’s acclaimed 2007 album, another new album due in early 2010, and their exceptionally deep catalogue of fantastic songs.

Festival director Peter Noble said, “We are so energised about the amazing artists in this first announcement – it’s easily our best ever first announcement just looking at the depth across the entire list. We promised a touch of classic rock and a guitar lover’s focus for this festival – and to see how that’s played out, you just have to look at axe shredding maestros like Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, Al Di Meola, Peter Green (original Fleetwood Mac founder and hero of BB King, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page!), the Gipsy Kings who are the world’s best flamenco players, Bèla Fleck (stunning banjo virtuoso), and Joe Bonamassa a young blues guitarist who’s recently sold out London’s Royal Albert Hall.

“There’s also tonnes of local and global roots friendly artists too many to mention, Roger Hodgson the incredible singer and songwriter of all those timeless Supertramp hits, Jessica Mauboy who is such an outstanding and genuine artist verified by her recent four awards at the Deadlys and her record seven ARIA award nominations! There’s also Oumou Sangarè who joins Bèla Fleck’s new project and is one the greatest African singers you will ever hear.

“And all this is just the beginning – our second announcement is just around the corner and a stunner too! In fact, we know we have the best Bluesfest bill ever this year, which is a very satisfying way to celebrate our 21st birthday and move to our new home.

“Now at Tyagarah, we’ve got even more room to grow the vision, and give our patrons the REAL festival experience. What we stand for is keeping the counter-culture alive – and the very real notion that music can help heal the world – we’re bringing in artists from Cuba, Mali and even Gypsies all together to support this vision. Longer term, my intention is that Bluesfest will outlive me, and remain a beacon of light that continues presenting the highest quality music on the planet,” concluded Peter Noble.

More room for camping in the Heart of Bluesfest!
Bluesfest 2009 was held at Belongil Fields and accommodated 1,800 campers. Bluesfest 2010 looks forward to welcoming patrons on its own land – and will accommodate approximately 6,500 campers! The very spacious and natural environment is right next to the festival grounds and will include a general store, showers and toilets.

The festival itself will feature more space, more music, more stalls, and more areas to chill out, but is all about keeping in the Bluesfest tradition, which is about creating an environmentally sound, peaceful, relaxed and happy home for everyone. Regular shuttle buses will be included to and from the festival into Byron Bay, Mullumbimby and surrounding towns.

More awards for Bluesfest
And the Bluesfest awards keep on coming. September 2009 saw Bluesfest recognised as an international winner in The Greener Festival awards. This was for an impressive three years in a row, more than any other Australian festival – and a tribute to the event’s ongoing and long-term commitment to environmental sustainability.

Bluesfest was also the first music festival to be nominated for a prestigious Australian Events Award. Bluesfest was nominated for the Best Cultural or Arts Event alongside the Sydney Festival 2009 and Adelaide Fringe 2009. The award eventually went to the 16th Biennale of Sydney. Bluesfest was also recently nominated as the Best Overseas Festival in the UK Festival Awards!
Unlike any other Australian event, Bluesfest has twice had the honour of being nominated as Best International Music Festival by US concert bible “Pollstar” in 2005 and 2006 alongside world renowned events such as Britain’s Glastonbury and Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival. And closer to home, Bluesfest has twice won the prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Contemporary Music Festival in Australia, also in 2005 and 2006.

Tickets can be purchased by: Phoning the Bluesfest office on 02 6685 8310 
or visiting the website at www.bluesfest.com.au

NEWS: Meet Jeff Beck on tour

Jeff Beck’s forthcoming tour is not only a great chance to watch the master in action, it’s also a rare opportunity for certain lucky concertgoers to meet the reclusive virtuoso in person, through a partnership with Panasonic. Here’s the press release:

JEFF BECK AND PANASONIC HIT THE ROAD TOGETHER
~Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 Owners Get Rare Opportunity~

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Jeff Beck, who has recently released his CD and DVD Performing This Week…Live at Ronnie Scott’s has entered into an agreement with Panasonic. The guitar virtuoso will give fans an opportunity to capture his live performances while he’s on the road via this collaboration.

Concert attendees with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 – the world’s smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens camera – will have a chance to take photos of Jeff Beck performing and submit them to the “Best of the Tour” series. The best photos will be available for viewing on VeiraCast of Facebook on a special Panasonic G1/Concert Series, as well as JeffBeck.com.

Furthermore, the first 10 people who show up at the venue with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 camera will be identified with a special Panasonic VIP logo photo pass. When they present their camera to a Panasonic rep, they will be given this pass which allows them backstage access for an exclusive photo opportunity with Jeff Beck.

Finally, Panasonic will raffle off two TZ5 class Digital Still cameras at each of the North American concerts, and winners will celebrate by having their photos taken with Beck backstage.

Full details HERE.

CLICK HERE to buy Jeff Beck’s ‘Performing This Week: Live at Ronnie Scott’s’ DVD from Amazon.com.

Jeff Beck Tour dates:

10th April New York The Fillimore NY @ Irving Plaza
11th April Mashantucket MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods
13th April Boston House of Blues, Boston
15th April Cleveland House of Blues, Cleveland
16th April Chicago Park West
17th April Chicago Park West
18th April Milwaukee Turner Hall Ballroom
21st April Los Angeles El Rey
22nd April Los Angeles El Rey
23rd April Oakland Fox Theater

24th June Brighton Brighton Dome
25th June Birmingham Symphony Hall
27th June Manchester Manchester Apollo
28th June Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
30th June Belfast Ulster Hall
1st July Dublin Vicar Street
3rd July Southampton Guildhall
4th July London Royal Albert Hall

12th July Weert, Holland Bospop Festival, Sportpark Boshoven
13th July Sete, France Festival Jazz a Sete @ Theatre de la Mer
15th July Antibes, France Juan Les Pins Jazz Festival
17th July Montreux, Switzerland Montreux Festival
19th July Limburg, Belgium Peer Festival
22nd July Barcelona, Spain Pueblo Espanol
24th July Madrid, Spain Festival Veranos De La Villa, Casa De Campo
25th July Cazorla, Spain Blues Festival
27th July Alicante, Spain Festival de Musicas del Mundo

NEWS: Metallica rocks twin bass attack at Hall of Fame

Metallica has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in a ceremony which featured performances of ‘Master of Puppets’ and ‘Enter Sandman’ with both Robert Trujillo and Jason Newstead on bass, in what was probably the most momentous multi-bass moment since Spinal Tap’s ‘Big Bottom.’

According to this post on Blabbermouth.net: METALLICA played “Master Of Puppets” and “Enter Sandman” at tonight’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, with the band’s former bassist Jason Newsted and his replacement, Robert Trujillo, both taking part in the performance (the group played as a five-piece). They also led a “surprise jam” at the end of the night consisting of “Train Kept A Rollin'”, with RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS’ Flea, LED ZEPPELIN’s Jimmy Page, AEROSMITH’s Joe Perry and Jeff Beck.

Check out this video of the jam:

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NEWS: Gibson Jeff Beck 1954 Les Paul Oxblood guitar

Remember Jeff Beck’s iconic refinished Les Paul, used on Blow By Blow? I used to have a poster of it on my bedroom wall when I was, like, 14 or something. Anyway, if I knew then that one day Gibson would make a limited edition version of it, I would have started squirrelling away a few bucks a week.

Here’s the press release:

Gibson introduces the limited edition 1954 Jeff Beck Les Paul Oxblood Guitar

Gibson Guitar has announced the limited edition Gibson Jeff Beck Les Paul “Oxblood” guitar. The new Oxblood model is available in very limited numbers. The first 50 of these historic guitars have been put through an extensive aging and wear process by the master luthiers at Gibson Custom to closely match the look and feel of Beck’s original instrument.

Gibson engineers thoroughly inspected Jeff’s guitar and worked closely with him over a period of months to create as accurate a reproduction as possible. Fifty aged instruments have been personally hand-signed, numbered and played by Beck himself. An additional 100 Gibson Jeff Beck Les Paul Oxblood guitars will be prepared with Gibson Custom’s pioneering V.O.S. finish, bringing the total run to just 150 rare instruments.

Each guitar comes with a specially produced Gibson Custom case with Jeff Beck’s signature silkscreened on the top, a custom care kit and a certificate of authenticity. Once these guitars are sold they will not be reproduced. This is an essential purchase for any guitar collector or fan of iconic British guitarist Jeff Beck.

Many great off-the-shelf electric guitars have had their reputations elevated by the legendary artists who have played them. The best known and most revered of these is arguably Jeff Beck’s Les Paul Oxblood, a guitar from the heart of tone history. Now, Gibson Custom unveils the most accurate recreation of the Jeff Beck Les Paul Oxblood ever produced.

From its aged and authentic Oxblood finish to the custom-tailored neck profile modeled precisely from Beck’s original instrument, to the blistering and powerful sounds produced by Gibson’s legendary Burstbucker humbucking pickups, the new Jeff Beck Les Paul Oxblood from Gibson Custom leaves nothing to chance. It is simply one of the most exact replicas of any historic guitar ever produced by the master craftsmen at Gibson Custom in Nashville, Tennessee.

One of the most influential guitarists in the history of rock music, Jeff Beck burst onto the music scene in 1966 after joining the Yardbirds. Although his stint with the band lasted only 18 months, Beck played on almost all of the group’s hits. At the height of the Yardbirds’ popularity in 1967, Beck left the group and embarked upon an unpredictable journey of musical discovery that has lasted nearly four-decades. Over the course of his career Beck has left his distinctive mark on hard rock, jazz-fusion and modern music history.

During a trip to the US in 1973 Beck bought an early fifties Les Paul Goldtop, which had been modified by the Strings & Things music store in Memphis adding two humbucking pickups to replace the original P-90s, and a heavy dark-brown lacquer finish to the body. Beck himself calls it an “oxblood” color.

This Oxblood Les Paul attained legendary status when played and then featured on the cover of Beck’s groundbreaking jazz-rock album “Blow By Blow” recorded in late 1974 with Beatles producer Sir George Martin. Gibson Custom Division is honored to present this recreation of Jeff Beck’s Gibson Les Paul Standard Oxblood. Beck recently said “The Les Paul has a big powerful sound that no other guitar has. It just sounds rich.” The guitar’s features include a carved maple top under the aged Oxblood finish, a one piece rounded mahogany neck, vintage reissue .010 strings, aged nickel hardware and aged acrylic trapezoid inlays.

For more information, please visit www.gibson.com

I first saw this press release on the GuitarSite email.

CLICK HERE to buy Jeff Beck’s ‘Performing This Week…Live At Ronnie Scotts’ from Amazon.com

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REVIEW: Jeff Beck at the Palais, Melbourne

Last night (January 26, Australia Day, woohoo), I saw Jeff Beck at the Palais in Melbourne. I’ll write a full review for the next issue of Mixdown magazine, but in the meantime here are a few thoughts and observances for anyone who’s interested. Beck’s playing again at the Palais tonight, so CLICK HERE to see if there are still tickets available.

Okay, thoughts in dot-point form cos they’re fun.

· Beck appeared to have a pair of Marshall Plexis on stage, (although only one of them was turned on – I guess the other was a spare) and a Fender combo. My vision sucks at the best of times (but at least I have cool glasses), so I couldn’t quite tell what models they were.

· He played one of his signature Fender Stratocasters for the whole show, and only needed to retune once, about an hour into the gig, despite his frequent and mind-destroying whammy bar use.

· On drums, Mr Vinnie Colaiuta. Frank Zappa’s favourite improvisation buddy, and an important part of why Megadeth’s ‘The System Has Failed’ album is so friggin’ cool. Vinnie threw in lots of double-kick work, and stole the show several times.

· On bass, Tal Wilkenfeld. She’s only 22 and her playing is frighteningly good, especially her solo during ‘Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers.’

· Beck long ago chucked away guitar picks, and it’s inspiring if not a little intimidating to hear what he can do with just his fingers and a whammy bar. Surprisingly, most of his vibrato comes from rapidly pushing and releasing the guitar’s tremolo bridge with the side of his picking hand, instead of from his fretting hand.

I won’t spoil the setlist for those who are yet to see this tour, but Beck’s playing is as good as ever, and his band is amazing. If you’re in Melbourne and you haven’t already got a ticket for tonight, GO GO GO GO GO!!!

CLICK HERE to buy Jeff Beck’s ‘Performing This Week…Live At Ronnie Scotts’ from Amazon.com

CLICK HERE to buy the Fender Jeff Beck signature Stratocaster from Music123.

Remaining Jeff Beck Australian tour dates:

27 Jan Palais Theatre, VIC

29 Jan Brisbane Convention Centre, QLD

30 Jan Enmore Theatre, NSW

31 Jan Enmore Theatre, NSW

INTERVIEW: Seymour Duncan & Evan Skopp

Seymour Duncan is a legend in the guitar world. His pickups have been integral in some of the greatest guitar tones in rock history, and his company’s more recent forays into pedals and acoustic guitar processing are already attaining legendary status. I spoke to Seymour Duncan himself, as Evan Skopp, Seymour Duncan’s VP of Marketing and one of the brains behind the company’s new D-TAR brand of acoustic guitar sound solutions.

The D-TAR (Duncan-Turner Acoustic Research) company is a collaborative effort with legendary luthier and amplification expert Rick Turner. Their new Mama Bear processor is a revolutionary device which takes the signal from any acoustic guitar and remodels it to sound like other designs. “Rick has had a kind of legendary career,” Skopp says. “He started off as the guitar player in the Canadian folk duo Ian and Sylvia, then he was the soundman for the Grateful Dead. He pretty much invented the outdoor amplification concept, founded Alembic instruments, was president of Gibson’s West Coast R&D lab, and also had a guitar company, Turner Guitars. One of the most famous Turner guitars was the model played by Lindsay Buckingham. In a lot of ways Rick is to the acoustic amplification world what Seymour is to the electric amplification world. What Rick brought to this focus group was some really far out and amazing ideas. One of the ideas was that acoustic pickups had pretty much reached maturity in terms of the design, meaning using piezo film was not going to improve that much on the sound of the guitar. You can use secondary sources and EQS, but using current technology we’ve pretty much reached the limit of what we can do. Rick said the future is in the digital realm, because once you take the signal from an acoustic guitar and bring it into the digital realm, you can give it algorithms to do certain things. For instance, you can remove the artefacts that the pickup brings into the digital signal, and as long as you’re doing that you can do additional manipulation, for instance layer the sounds of other guitars.”

Over the years Seymour Duncan has learned from some of the best in the business, and is happy to pass on the knowledge he’s acquired. “When I was eleven or twelve I saw Les Paul in concert and I met him backstage,” he tells. “Les Paul actually explained to me what an electric guitar pickup was, and to this day he remembers that and I have a copy of an interview he did on talkback radio talking about me, this eleven or twelve year old kid that used to hang out and ask him about guitar pickups. When I first came to California I called Leo Fender up and asked him “why did you do this, why did you do that?” I was fascinated by the history of the pickups and how they were made. Here I was, a 16 year old kid asking him about the first Telecaster bass, the Esquire, Jaguar… I was very fortunate to meet people like Leo Fender and Seth Lover. Seth Lover was such a great mentor to me. I’ve interviewed him, and it was very interesting to find out how things were done. People like Leo, Les Paul, Seth Lover and guitar players like Jeff Beck. These guys gave me something and I like to be able to give it back.”

Seymour is the only ‘non-famous-guitarist’ to have a Fender signature model. “I’ve always loved Esquires, so it’s based on my old Esquire. It has a black pick guard, an Esquire maple neck. It had one of my early tapped pickups and special wiring. Jeff Beck has used it many times. It’s one of those guitars that, everybody that plays it loves it.” Skopp, who helped oversee the project, says the Fender Seymour Duncan Signature Esquire features a few of Seymour’s guitar set-up secrets, as well as a specially wound Seymour Duncan pickup. “Seymour’s a great player,” Skopp says. “Midway between Jeff Beck and Danny Gatton.”

One of Seymour Duncan’s most well-known pickup combinations is the JB model in the bridge and the Jazz in the neck. “That’s what I use in my “TeleGib,” Seymour says. “The first set I did for Jeff Beck. That’s neat that guitar, because he used it, Peter Frampton used it. A lot of other guitar players have played this guitar so it’s kinda neat to have a guitar with a conversation piece feel to it, so we give others a chance to play it too.”

This interview originally appeared in Mixdown magazine in 2006.

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NEWS: Jeff Beck 2009 Australian tour dates

Jeff Beck will tour Australia early next year. Below is are the press release and tour the dates.

CLICK HERE to listen to ‘Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers’ from Beck’s forthcoming live album, ‘JEFF BECK: PERFORMING THIS WEEK LIVE AT RONNIE SCOTT’S JAZZ CLUB,’ released November 25, and CLICK HERE to buy the album from Amazon.com

It was 1977 when Jeff Beck made his first and only trip to Australia, 32 long years ago for his legion of fans. FINALLY, in 2009 guitar legend Jeff Beck returns for a series of rare and VERY special performances.

Described by Rolling Stone as “one of the most influential lead guitarists in rock, Jeff Beck has helped shape blues rock, psychedelia, and heavy metal”, the magazine ranked Beck 14th in a poll of ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time’. Touring with Jeff Beck is a stellar line-up: Vinnie Colaiuta – drums Tal Wilkenfeld – bass David Sancious – keyboards

In the mid-1960’s Englishman Jeff Beck began on a path that would see him leave his indelible mark on modern music history, an astounding career spanning over 40 years of revolutionary and evolutionary jazz fusion, hard rock and electronic guitar stylings that has opened the door to guitar instrumentalists such as Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.

Jeff Beck first came into the spotlight in 1966 when he followed Eric Clapton as lead guitarist of The Yardbirds. Though only in the band for less than 2 years, Beck featured on most of their well-known classics like Heart Full of Soul and Shape of Things, before departing in 1967 at the height of their popularity.

He went on to form the Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood. The group released two albums Truth (’68) and Beck-Ola (’69), before splitting – Stewart and Woods then forming The Faces. After a new line up and 2 further albums, the Jeff Beck Group disbanded.

In 1975 Beck released the first of two landmark albums. Blow By Blow, produced by George Martin, was a groundbreaking instrumental jazz-fusion album. Next came a collaboration with keyboardist Jan Hammer on Wired (’76). Both these albums received critical and commercial success, and are still listed amongst the top-selling guitarist instrumental albums of all time.

Moving in and out of retirement, in 1980 the reclusive Beck released There And Back, again featuring Hammer, then followed by the Nile Rodgers produced Flash (’85). Flash features Beck’s most commercially successful single People Get Ready with one-time band-mate Rod Stewart on vocals, and is also home to Escape, the tune that won Beck the first of 4 Grammy Awards for Best Rock Instrumental.

Subsequent Grammy’s were awarded for Jeff Beck’s Guitar Shop with Terry Bozzio and Tony Hymas (’89), Dirty Mind lifted from You Had It Coming (’01), and Plan B from his 14th studio album Jeff (’03).

Heading to the US West Coast with Vinnie Coliauta on drums, Pino Palladino on bass and Jason Rebello on keyboards the shows were immortalized on Official Bootleg USA 06 (’07).

According to Guitar World Magazine “Beck and his group turn in rapturous performances on material that covers every portion of the guitarist’s career… Beck’s finger-picking technique, tone and touch have always been astounding, but Official Bootleg demonstrates that, some 40 years into his career, he is a peerless master of his craft”.

More recently Jeff Beck played to over 30,000 people at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago, on the bill with the likes of BB King, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Buddy Guy and Clapton himself, with the critics raving: ‘Jeff Beck turned up the volume and the jaw-dropping virtuosity’ Chicago Daily Herald ‘Beck made his guitar cry for mercy through one instrumental jam after another’ NorthWest Herald

Earlier this year in London, 64 year-old Beck was awarded the Blues Artist of the Year Award, and has been nominated for 2009 induction into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame as a solo artist.

DATES:

23 Jan
Challenge Stadium, WA

25 Jan
Thebarton Theatre, SA

26 Jan
Palais Theatre, VIC

29 Jan
Brisbane Convention Centre, QLD

30 Jan
Enmore Theatre, NSW

TICKETS ON SALE TUESDAY NOVEMBER 25 from Ticketmaster 136 100 www.ticketmaster.com.au

CLICK HERE to buy Jeff Beck’s ‘Performing This Week…Live At Ronnie Scotts’ from Amazon.com