Jeff Beck continues to reinvent himself and amaze us 45 years after he made his debut with Yardbirds. He's fronted bands that featured Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, Terry Bozzio, and Tony Hymas, collaborated with jazz musicians Stanley Clarke and Jan Hammer, and even recently made an appearance on AMERICAN IDOL with Kelly Clarkson (above). He's done jazz, and rock, and even a stint at a power trio with former Vanilla Fudgers Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice. There have been Grammies and gold records, and tours that are still successful and packing them in.
The group pictured above was the first JEFF BECK GROUP, from 1968, featuring the young Ron Wood (bass), Micky Waller (drums), and a bearded Rod "the Mod" Stewart. I still remember my reaction to "I Ain't Superstitious" with Rod on lead vocals...I never heard a voice quite like it. They were a great group that might have been too talented to hold together, and by late 1969 they disbanded, with a second Beck Group coming together in the early 1970's. After their demise, and the scuttling of BB&A, Beck began his instrumental phase, which carries on to this day. BLOW BY BLOW (1974) was a landmark, and was a definitive jazz-rock fusion album of that era.
Beck's band is about to start an American tour in April, right after his induction as a solo artist into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The tour starts April 6th in Scranton, Pa.
His band currently consists of Jason Rebello on keyboards, Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, and the incredible young female bass player from Australia, Tal Wilkenfeld (pictured above).
Below, from BLOW BY BLOW, Beck, Wilkenfeld, and the rest perform CAUSE WE ENDED AS LOVERS from a concert in 2007.
Real journalists continue to lose their jobs as newspapers cut staff in record numbers. And while this is happening hucksters like Glenn Bec...
Eric LeGrand was paralyzed in the Rutgers- Army football game. To send Eric a "Get Well" message click his photo.
Eric LeGrand BELIEVE Fund
Click the picture for more information on the Eric LeGrand BELIEVE Fund, established for the longterm care and rehabilitation of this seriously injured Rutgers Football player. Thank You!
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Its called "Useless Trivia and Mindless Rants". That's because I adhere to the principle that you can't please everyone, nor should you try to please everyone....so before anyone else rips this blog for being a waste of time or having faulty logic, I thought I'd beat them to the punch, and zing just a bit of self deprecating humor into the title....hey, some people think that's an endearing quality.
Seriously....I hope to entertain and maybe inform, and even teach the reader about a few subjects. And don't be alarmed by the political trappings you may see here. I'm upfront about my political beliefs and affiliations, but I don't wear my politics on my sleeve, and have and always will refuse to be locked into a rigid dogma. This is not really a political blog; its just disguised as one.
My model is probably CBS SUNDAY MORNING, a magazine format. I'll talk about news, sports, TV and films, about music, literature and pop culture, and about the famous and the infamous....and about some people who are out there trying to make a difference in a world that seems to get just a little tougher everyday.
Oh yes...there will be some politics as well.
So pour a cup of coffee, cut a piece of cheesecake.....and stick around for a few minutes.
Occupation- If you believe my conservative friends, I'm a pinko commie socialist out to destroy the very fabric of America's core beliefs.
Liberals think I'm an old school moderate Democrat, and that a guy my age needs to get his hair cut more often.
Just put away that broad brush....
I'm just a "Blue Jersey Guy" who happens to "Bleed Scarlet".