Jeff Beck | Loud Hailer | 8/10
Jeff Beck has become increasingly synonymous with the highly technical guitar virtuosity that elicits prosaic pontification on the letters pages of ‘Record Collector’. So it’s easy to forget that, with The Yardbirds and The Jeff Beck Group, one of the greatest musicians of the past 50 years began his career playing what were essentially pop songs.
In that regard, the follow-up to the Grammy-winning ‘Emotion and Commotion’ is a return to his roots. Certainly there’s no mistaking his signature tone, that nimble finger work on the fretboard, and the programmed beats favoured since 1999’s ‘Who Else’. But, on his first album in six years, Beck’s cut back on the effects pedals and, even more significantly, returned to traditional song structures – complete with verses, choruses, and even vocals.
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Joe Bonamassa | Greenwich Music Time | 7 July 2016
Photo credit: John Bull
Tribute shows are the stuff of sequined jumpsuits, soulless karaoke backing tapes, and slavish recreations of crowd-pleasing hits.
Joe Bonamassa clearly didn’t get the memo. No contrived nostalgia cash-in, his Salute To The British Blues Explosion is a heartfelt celebration of three men whose music shaped his life: Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page.
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Joe Bonamassa is celebrating the British blues rock guitarists who inspired him with five concerts across the UK.
‘Joe Bonamassa In Concert: A Salute To The British Blues Explosion’ will see the musician pay homage to Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page at venues like heritage castles at Hoghton and Newark as well as the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich; Bonamassa headlines the Greenwich London Music Time Festival on 7 July 2016.
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