On his would be 95th birthday, [lastfm]Les Paul[/lastfm] was honored by one of his apprentices, [lastfm]Jeff Beck[/lastfm]. The show took place at Paul’s favorite night club, the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City, and featured an assortment of high profile guests.
To see who was in attendance, read more.
[pullquote quote=”The best show I’ve ever seen in my life. I’m not kidding. Absolutely phenomenal.” credit=”Steven Van Zandt”]
[lastfm]Jeff Beck[/lastfm]’s two hour set caressed the ears of some of musics greatest guitarists including [lastfm]Metallica[/lastfm]’s [lastfm]Kirk Hammett[/lastfm], [lastfm]Zakk Wylde[/lastfm], [lastfm]Meat Loaf[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Steven Van Zandt[/lastfm] from the [lastfm]E-Street Band[/lastfm].
Beck was backed by the [lastfm]Imelda May Band[/lastfm] from Dublin, with May singing [lastfm]Mary Ford[/lastfm]’s parts in most of the covers. Outside of the tribute, Beck unleashed other covers including “Walking in the Sand,” “Sleepwalk” and “The Peter Gunn Theme.” One of the favorites was the [lastfm]Yardbirds[/lastfm] classic, “Train Kept A-Rollin.”
After the show, some of the guests sang high praise of Beck and his tribute. [lastfm]Steven Van Zandt[/lastfm] said it was “the best show I’ve ever seen in my life. I’m not kidding. Absolutely phenomenal.” [lastfm]Kirk Hammett[/lastfm] was equally impressed saying, “He does everything with a smile while you’re asking yourself, `How the hell does he do that?”
I believe a more suitable question, Kirk, is “How the hell is he still alive?” The guy looks like a walking skeleton! However, judging by last nights performance, Jeff Beckis far beyond death and probably has had a deal with the devil for everlasting life for sometime.
If you need visual evidence, watch this clip of Beck performing with fellow guitar legend, [lastfm]Jimmy Page[/lastfm]:
For more of his music, check out Jeff Beck radio.