Joe Bonamassa On The Late Jeff Beck – He Was The Best Rock Guitar Player Of All Time, He Lived In Rarefied Air
On a recent episode of my Talkin’ Rock with Meltdown podcast/web series, I had the fortune of speaking with blues legend, Joe Bonamassa. During our conversation, he mentioned the late, great guitarist, Jeff Beck. I thought I’d ask him to tell us a little more about him.
He said he toured with Beck in Europe, doing shows and festivals with him. “His show was always amazing. To me, he was the best rock guitar player of all time because for six decades he would reinvent himself every decade, and come up with something that, I’d go “Oh, man. I wish I’d thought of that!” He was just so creative, so influential. Like, when (David) Gilmore says Beck is his favorite. Beck is at the top of everybody’s list. It’s either Eddie (Van Halen) or Jeff. And, sadly they’re both gone.”
He went on to recall some meetings he had with Beck before shows. “I will say this, the most entertaining, and the most incredible guitar playing I’ve ever heard, was when Jeff was just sitting in his dressing room. He had a little guitar amp and he had his guitar, and he was just playing to kill time before the show. And you’d just hear everything from (guitarist) Cliff Gallop to these insane phrases and melodies, and you’re like, the guy’s not human. And it would just be improv.”
“He lives in rarefied air, talent-wise, that not a lot of people will experience in their life.”
Joe is coming through Detroit, playing the Fox Theater on November 18th. He told me how much he loves that place and you can read about it here.
Blues Guitar Legend Joe Bonamassa On His Current Projects, Jeff Beck And More