Jeff Beck will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland on April 4 after a 40 year career that has seen him revered as one the world’s most influential musicians.
“It’s a great thrill to be recognised by the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, especially for the 25th anniversary,” says Beck, “Nobody makes music for the honours but to take a place alongside so many of your own heroes is an indescribable feeling. I’m a very humbled and proud man right now.”
The induction ceremony comes to Cleveland for the first time to celebrate 25 years of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Fellow inductees include Little Anthony & The Imperials, Metallica, Run-D.M.C. and Bobby Womack.
Beck also announces today that Harvey Goldsmith CBE will manage him. It represents a return to management for Britain’s most famous and influential promoter, who has worked with the greats of music from The Who to Luciano Pavarotti.
Beck is one of the UK’s true music heroes, a visionary musician and guitar god admired by everyone from Eric Clapton, who he famously succeeded in The Yardbirds, to Morrissey, on whose new album Beck appears.
He is recognised by his peers as perhaps the greatest guitarist of them all and has already been inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Yardbirds.
After The Yardbirds, Beck formed the Jeff Beck Group in 1967 with Ronnie Wood on bass, Aynsley Dunbar drumming and Rod Stewart on vocals. They were credited with forging a blueprint later followed by heavy metal. Since then, he has explored jazz, rock and pop to acclaim and massive respect for his innovative work.
In the 1970s, Beck worked with Beatles producer George Martin on jazz-fusion albums that redefined the rock guitar, before moving into electronic music with keyboardist Jan Hammer.
On recent albums, he has worked with electronica outfit Apollo 440 and David Torn from New York trip-hop group Splattercell. To underline his eclectic admirers, Joss Stone and Imogen Heap joined Beck on stage at London’s Ronnie Scott’s club last year.
In February, Beck will play with Eric Clapton at two historic joint performances at Japan’s Saitama Super Arena.
“I have known Harvey for a long time and we met again at the Classic Rock awards at the end of last year.
“Soon after I decided I wanted a change in my career so I approached Harvey in December. It’s a great team and we have big plans, including new material and more performances.”
“I have always thought that Jeff is an incredible musician. I’ve worked with him many times over the years.
“Jeff asked me to dinner, where he told me he wanted a change in his working life. He said that he wanted to perform more and look for new opportunities. I thought about it overnight and felt that I could be of help. I’m very excited about working with Jeff, it will be a great partnership.
“He is raring to go and his band are incredible, just brilliant. There should be a new album by the end of the year and who knows where we can go with that.”
Jeff Beck’s band are an extraordinary outfit. Tal Wilkenfeld is a 20 year old Australian bass prodigy, while drummer Vinnie Colaiuta is reputed to be best drummer in the world. Keyboardist David Sancious was in Bruce Springsteen’s original E Street Band and has played with everyone from Sting to Yousou Ndour.
Jeff Beck’s DVD and Blu-Ray “Performing This Week… Live At Ronnie Scott’s” is released March 30th by Eagle Rock. A celebration of his acclaimed five nights of gigs last year, it features guests Joss Stone and Imogen Heap, as well as Clapton. The CD version is out now.
Jeff Beck’s agents remain Phil Banfield at Coda in the UK and Rob Light at CAA in the USA.
Friday January 23rd Perth Challenge Stadium
Sunday January 25th Adelaide The Barton Theatre
Monday January 26th Melbourne Palais Theatre
Tuesday January 27th Melbourne Palais Theatre
Thursday January 29th Brisbane Brisbane Convention Centre
Friday January 30th Sydney Enmore Theatre
Saturday January 31st Sydney Enmore Theatre
Sunday February 1st Sydney Enmore Theatre
Tuesday February 3rd Auckland ASB Theatre-Aotea Centre
Friday February 6th Tokyo International Forum
Saturday February 7th Tokyo International Forum
Monday February 9th Tokyo NHK Hall
Wednesday February 11th Yokohama Pacifico Hall
Thursday February 12th Nagoya (Aichi) Geijutsu Gekijo
Friday February 13th Kanazawa Koseinenkin Kaikan
Monday February 16th Fukuoka Zepp
Wednesday February 18th Osaka Koseinenkin Kaikan
Thursday February 19th Osaka Koseinenkin Kaikan
Saturday February 21st Saitama Super Arena (with Eric Clapton)
Sunday February 22nd Saitama Super Arena (with Eric Clapton)