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 Beckâ€™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 Beckâ€™s musical career goes back to the 60â€™s, when he left Wimbledonâ€™s Art College to work as a session player, with Screaming Lord Sutch and the Tridents before replacing Eric Clapton as the Yardbirdsâ€™ 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 – â€œTruthâ€ (1968) and â€œBeck-Olaâ€ (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 – â€œRough and Readyâ€ (1971) and â€œThe Jeff Beck Groupâ€ (1972). Beck again dissolved the group and formed a power trio with bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice, which released â€œBeck, Bogert and Appiceâ€ (1973).
Veering away from hard rock, Beck created two landmark two jazz-fusion albums – â€œBlow By Blowâ€ (1975) and â€œWiredâ€ (1976). The all-instrumental albums shattered peopleâ€™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, â€œJeff Beck with the Jan Hammer Group â€“ Liveâ€ followed in 1977.
Splitting his time increasingly with other life pursuits â€“ most notably hot rods â€“ Beckâ€™s musical output slowed. He returned in 1980 with â€œThere and Back,â€ and again in 1985 with â€œFlash,â€ which earned him the Best Rock Instrumental Grammy. Then in 1989 he released â€œJeff Beckâ€™s Guitar Shop with Terry Bozzio and Tony Hymas.â€ which earned him his second Grammy
In 1993 backed by the Big Town Playboys he recorded â€œCrazy Legs,â€ a tribute to seminal rockabilly artist Gene Vincent and his guitarist Cliff Gallup.
Six years passed before the release of â€œWho Else!â€ (1999) began a busy period. â€œYou Had It Coming,â€ (2001), earned Beck his third Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental. And in 2003 â€œJeffâ€, 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 â€œLive at B.B. King Blues Clubâ€ 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 â€œPlan Bâ€ from the album â€œJeffâ€). 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 â€œOfficial Bootleg â€˜USA 06â€ which was part of the merchandise at those shows was subsequently released in February 2007 via Jeffâ€™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.
ULSTER HALL BELFAST
TUESDAY 30TH JUNE 2009
ON SALE 9AM WEDNESDAY 10 DECEMBER
Doors 7.00pm. Tickets Â£33.00 standing or seated and are available across the counter from all Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.ie , and on their 24 hour booking line on 0870 243 4455 as well as at waterfront.co.uk (sales are subject to booking fees, credit card charges and the commissions of agents).