Saturday, February 13, 2010

Real Rock

JEFF BECK is one of rock's most gifted guitar players. Larry Rohter, of the NEW YORK TIMES, has a great article on the man, titled, "A Guitar Hero Won’t Play the Game". One rare player, who has lived rock n' roll the way he wants to, and thrived. He builds serious hotrods like 32 Fords, at his place in England. 
If you've never heard them, “Blow by Blow” and “Wired” and the early 90's "Crazy Legs" are delightful. Crazy Legs is his tribute to Hank Marvin and Gene Vincent.

Here's 2 recent clips, "Crazy Legs", and "Big Block". If you're not a car-type, you should know that "big block" refers to the 396-454 "big block" Chevy V-8's, as opposed to the "small block" Chevy V-8, the ol' 327, and its variants. FWIW, Jeff started with a used big-block Corvette from the coin he received for appearing in "Blow Up".

Jeff's current lineup has Canadian Rhonda Smith, playing bass. Got ferocious chops.
Back in 1974, I got to see him from 10th row center (at what they used to call the O'Keefe Centre), doing Blow by Blow and Wired. One of my top 5 concerts.

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