Widely acknowledged as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Jeff Beck makes an overdue Belfast debut at the refurbished Ulster Hall in summer next year. Currently enjoying renewed critical praise for recent live outings, Jeff Beck’s output has ranged from blues-rock to heavy metal to jazz fusion and electronica tinged instrumentals, and he has collaborated with many of the other greats of rock music.

Jeff Beck’s musical career goes back to the 60’s, when he left Wimbledon’s Art College to work as a session player, with Screaming Lord Sutch and the Tridents before replacing Eric Clapton as the Yardbirds’ lead guitarist in 1965.

In 1967 he formed The Jeff Beck Group, which featured Rod Stewart on vocals and Ron Wood on bass. The band released two albums – “Truth” (1968) and “Beck-Ola” (1969) – that became musical touchstones for years to come.

Stewart and Wood left to join the Faces and Beck disbanded the group until 1971 when he formed a new version of the band and recorded two albums – “Rough and Ready” (1971) and “The Jeff Beck Group” (1972). Beck again dissolved the group and formed a power trio with bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice, which released “Beck, Bogert and Appice” (1973).

Veering away from hard rock, Beck created two landmark two jazz-fusion albums – “Blow By Blow” (1975) and “Wired” (1976). The all-instrumental albums shattered people’s preconceptions of what a rock guitarist was supposed to sound like. were a critical and popular success and remain two of the top-selling guitar instrumental albums of all time. The live album, “Jeff Beck with the Jan Hammer Group – Live” followed in 1977.

Splitting his time increasingly with other life pursuits – most notably hot rods – Beck’s musical output slowed. He returned in 1980 with “There and Back,” and again in 1985 with “Flash,” which earned him the Best Rock Instrumental Grammy. Then in 1989 he released “Jeff Beck’s Guitar Shop with Terry Bozzio and Tony Hymas.” which earned him his second Grammy

In 1993 backed by the Big Town Playboys he recorded “Crazy Legs,” a tribute to seminal rockabilly artist Gene Vincent and his guitarist Cliff Gallup.

Six years passed before the release of “Who Else!” (1999) began a busy period. “You Had It Coming,” (2001), earned Beck his third Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental. And in 2003 “Jeff”, saw him return to the road in the summer of 2003 on a coast-to-coast tour with blues legend B.B. King. An official bootleg “Live at B.B. King Blues Club” was recorded in the New York club in September 2003.

Since 2004 Jeff Beck has undertaken sellout US, Japanese, European and UK tours and headlined at many key music events, fresh from the success of picking up his fourth Grammy award (for “Plan B” from the album “Jeff”). The ground-breaking guitarist has been delivering sets that reflect the eclectic musical mix that is his trademark. The shows generated rave reviews by fans and critics alike.

An official bootleg CD, simply titled “Official Bootleg ‘USA 06” which was part of the merchandise at those shows was subsequently released in February 2007 via Jeff’s website after management were bombarded with requests from people desperate to get their hands on it.

New ground was broken by a week’s residency at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club featuring the 2007 line-up of Vinnie Colaiuta, Jason Rebello and young bassist Tal Wilkenfeld. They were joined on the run by the likes of Joss Stone, Imogen Heap, old mates The Big Town Playboys and another long time pal, Eric Clapton. The shows were recorded for DVD (a first ever for Jeff) the footage is currently in the process of being edited, release dates will be announced soon.

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    TUESDAY 30TH JUNE 2009

    Doors 7.00pm. Tickets £33.00 standing or seated and are available across the counter from all Ticketmaster outlets, online at , and on their 24 hour booking line on 0870 243 4455 as well as at (sales are subject to booking fees, credit card charges and the commissions of agents).

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