Jeff Beck Commemorates Les Paul’s 95th Birthday with Special Intimate Performance at the Iridium Jazz Club on June 9, 2010. Beck will pay tribute to his mentor and friend, the late guitar great Les Paul, with an intimate show consisting of Les Paul’s memorable classics along with some rockabilly favorites.
Celebrating what would have been Les Paul’s 95th birthday, Beck will be joined on stage by Irish rockabilly sensation The Imelda May Band. Les Paul, known worldwide for his legendary performances and his incomparable innovations that shaped the evolution of music, remained a fixture in the New York music scene, drawing in crowds with regular gigs at the Iridium Jazz Club until the age of 94.
Jeff Beck with The Imelda May Band and expected guests including John McEnroe, Meat Loaf, Chris Noth, Steve Miller, Ryan Adams, Billy Gibbons, Duff McKagan, Robbie Robertson, Nils Lofgren, Warren Haynes, Ace Frehley, Paul Shaffer, Nigel Lythgoe, Johnny A, Zakk Wylde, Gibson Guitar Chairman/CEO Henry Juszkiewicz, John Varvatos and more.
Jeff Beck’s first studio album in seven years, Emotion & Commotion, is available now on Atco Records, an imprint of Rhino Entertainment. The album is a mix of tracks that find the guitar virtuoso accompanied by a handpicked cast of talented musicians, including guest vocalists Joss Stone and Imelda May, as well as several songs accompanied by a 64-piece orchestra. Emotion & Commotion achieved the highest debut of Beck’s 45-year career as well as his best single sales week of the Soundscan Era.
Performing This Week…Live at Ronnie Scott’s, Jeff Beck’s platinum-certified live DVD, was released March 2009 via Eagle Rock Entertainment. The concert, which hit #1 on the music DVD Soundscan charts and received massive critical acclaim, was filmed over the course of several nights at the famed Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in 2007. The companion CD received a GRAMMY this year for “Best Rock Instrumental Performance” for Beck’s interpretation of the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life.”
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Interview with Jeff Beck http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/Features/jeff-beck-0519/