By Damian Fanelli
In March 1965, Jeff Beck replaced Eric Clapton as the lead guitarist in the Yardbirds.
Now, 51 years later, Beck will officially celebrate his 50 (well, 50-plus) years in the professional music business with a rare appearance at the Hollywood Bowl on August 10. As a bonus, Beck will be joined by his good friend, blues legend Buddy Guy, who will be celebrating his 80th birthday July 30.
“Sharing the stage and this moment with Buddy is a dream for me,” Beck said in a press release sent to Guitar Aficionado. “His concerts are legendary, and the music world would be a very boring place without his influence.” Ticket information is available below.
In other Beck news, the guitarist has been hard at work on his first book, which will focus on his twin inspirations—hot rodding and guitars. The London-based Genesis Publishing Group plans to release BECK01, a “signed, limited-edition” book, later this year.
“Right from the beginning, I’ve tried to do something with anything I’ve got hold of,” Beck said. “At the age of 13, I built two or three of my own guitars. I painted the frets on. It was fun just to look at it and hold it… I knew where I was headed.”
Beck also is working on an officially sanctioned documentary. Stay tuned for details on all of the above.
Tickets for the Hollywood Bowl 2016 summer season are/will be available at HollywoodBowl.com on the following dates:
• New subscriptions are available for purchase February 9
• Group sales available February 16
• “Five or More” packages available March 15
• Hollywood Bowl box office opens for single-ticket sales May 1.
Beck has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—twice—first as a Yardbird in 1992 and then as a solo artist in 2009. He’s won eight Grammy awards and has recorded or performed with everyone from Guy to Stevie Wonder to Tina Turner, Mick Jagger, David Gilmour, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Roger Waters, Clapton, Jimmy Page … . You get the idea.