50 Years of Jeff Beck

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50 Years of Jeff Beck
Photograph: Courtesy Hollywood Bowl

For 50 years, Jeff Beck has serenaded the world with his captivating guitar sound that transcends genres. Watch this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee perform live at the Hollywood Bowl to celebrate five decades of hypnotic guitar playing. Other guests include LA native Beth Hart and the famous Chicago blues musician Buddy Guy.

 

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OK...so let me start by saying I've seen Mr Beck 5 times starting at the Fillmore East with the original Jeff Beck group. Simply..my favorite player. I went to the Hollywood Bowl last night which is always a great venue. Beck was, as always...great. Beth Hart was a definite highlight as was Steven Tyler (you gotta love S Tyler!). Billy Gibbons was good as was Jan Hammer...but I didn't like his other 2 singers. Jimmy Hall was basically boring as a singer. No grit.The female singer wasn't much better. The LA philharmonic was no where to be seen...though they were on the bill and the sound was very off balance for about the first half hour of Beck's set. I wanted to hear Rollin and Tumblin which they didn't do and maybe a few more from the Truth album...but the set list was good. Biggest problem of the night for me...Buddy Guy. I'm a "blues" guy for the last 40 years and I love Buddy Guy for what he is and represents...but he was about 30 minutes of screech! Blaring loud incessant solos all on the very high end of the neck (I don;t think he knows you can play below the 14th fret!) and it, to me was a good set if your want a headache. All in all as I said Beck was worth the ticket...but having seen Sting and Peter Gabriel there about a month ago this was a disappointment.