Eric Clapton announce all-star tribute to Jeff Beck
The guitarist Eric Clapton announced two all-star tribute concerts to the late guitarist Jeff Beck that died last January 10 at the age of 78 victim of bacterial meningitis. The show will happen next May 22 and 23 at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
The already confirmed guests are: Rod Stewart, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Derek Trucks (Allman Brothers Band), John McLaughlin, Joss Stone, Gary Clark Jr., Doyle Bramhall, Robert Randolph, Imelda May and Johnny Depp.
The official statement about the Jeff Beck tribute shows said:
“Sandra Beck/The Jeff Beck Estate and Eric Clapton announce concerts by rock legend colleagues and friends to honour the memory and artistry of the late Jeff Beck.”
“The concerts will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on the 22nd and 23rd May 2023. The list of artists will be finalised near the date of the performances.”
Jeff Beck started his career in 1964 and remained active until his death in 2023. He first achieved fame as a member of The Yardbirds, having recorded two studio albums with the group: “Having a Rave Up with the Yardbirds” (1965) and “Roger the Engineer” (1966).
After leaving the group in 1966, he formed the Jeff Beck Group and the supergroup Beck, Bogert & Appice.
Over six decades, the guitarist released 17 studio albums on his solo career and 11 live records. Some of his most famous solo songs are “Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers”, “People Get Ready”, “Hi Ho Silver” and “Come Dancing”. He collaborated with many other famous artists like Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Roger Waters, Mick Jagger and more.
The musician toured in 2022 in Europe and United States. He was promoting his latest album called “18”, that he recorded with Johnny Depp.
A guitarist’s guitarist
Often called a guitarist’s guitarist, Jeff Beck influenced countless musicians over the decades and won several prizes. He received the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance six times and Best Pop Performance once.
He is one of the few artists who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. The first time in 1992 as a member of The Yardbirds. The second time as a solo artist in 2009, when he was inducted by his friend and ex-Yardbirds bandmate Jimmy Page.