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We trust at the very least he will be joining Jeff and band for the soon to be re-released updated 2011 version of Sylvester Stewarts (Sly Stone)I Want To Take You Higher. When we heard about Martin Power's new biography of Jeff Beck, "Hot Wired Guitar" that is set for worldwide release the end of September 2011, we were of course eager for details.
So, we dug up his email address, emailed him and Martin graciously replied. I was just finishing my e-mail to you when your name popped up in my Inbox! To begin, I first approached Omnibus Press almost a decade ago regarding the possibility of writing a biography about Jeff.
Yet when those lines are weaved into the performance they all sound like Jeff, as if the original tunes had indeed been written for him although we know they werent. After espousing how Jeff Beck was his favorite guitarist and loving being able to go out on the road with him, young Tyler Bryant turned and asked me, Have you ever seen Jeff lose it on-stage?
Lest this editorial ramble on for too long let this Editor add another description of Jeff Becks artistic genius I think we all can agree on in its simplicity. I could sense that somehow Tyler wanted validation that Jeff was actually human and from this universe so I chuckled and told him about the Atlanta fall 75 show when the Blow By Blow tour continuation was sandwiched in between opener Aerosmith and The Faces with Rod Stewart.
Apologies I'm coming back to you a little later than scheduled, but I wanted to run an idea past the publishers (more on that later) before providing full background/details on the book. But timing, other projects and life in general meant that it only became a reality in the Autumn of 2010 when Chris Charlesworth - Omnibus' Editor In Chief and a long time Beck fan - gave it the green light.
As you might imagine it's proved quite a challenge, led to at least one malfunctioning laptop, some lost e-mails and a wobbly file or two, but we got there in the end.
A night before show dinner saw Tylers other six string guitarist, Graham Whitford, provides a comic thrill.
Steve Prior in the July issue of Vintage Guitar briefly and accurately refers to Jeff being able to ALWAYS sound like Jeff no matter what guitar is being played as this"That's the greatness of the man - he can literally do anything.
At the Grammy Awards last February Jeff was bashfully unsettled at being prodded to the stage to co-accept the award for Herbies arrangement of Imagine along with Herbie and the other contributing artists. Jeff said where in Hancocks retort with an appreciative smile was Yeah, man but those were the best eight notes.
Music fans have always cherished lines and notes they can remember, play in their head, and wait with anticipation as their turn comes round in the song being performed.
Gifted with an ample supply of curly locks, seems Graham was an inviting home for a tiny baby sparrow just looking for a place to call home.
After being buzzed by a summer shallow seeking Tarpon, Tyler was ready for ocean time relaxing and kicking some butt on the opening night of the Florida tour swing.