What's New! 2007

Compiled by Dick Wyzanski & Bill Armstrong

February 1, 2007 - February 28.5, 2007 - March 15, 2007 - March 31, 2007 - June 12, 2007 - July 14, 2007

August 2, 2007 - October 18, 2007 - December 12, 2007

What's New! Archives

February 1, 2007

Welcome to the 2007 edtion of 'What's New'. Just posted in JBB #14 is the final feature for that edition, 'The London Part Of Jimmy McIntosh's CD "From Orleans To London"'. It's pretty cool stuff if I say so myself and you know what follows? Whatever Dick comes up with for the editorial at the beginning of JBB# 15!

Looking forward into 2007 we could see a release of Jeff's Mahler project but we don't know anything for sure yet. Some dates in the states are also a possibility.

Looking back to late 2006, the 'Official Boot' was reintroduced at www.musictoday.com and www.jeffbeck.com and we hear sales are brisk. The only other recent news that comes to mind was the rumour Jeff might participate in Robert Plant's reuniting of 'The Honeydrippers', alas, it isn't to be.

We spent some time listening to stuff on the internet over holidays. Always some good stuff out there like www.wolfgangsvault.com. The best stuff, not really Jeff related, was some of the music documentarys on the BBC6 website available through www.bbc.co.uk. They had the 'Keith Moon Radio Show' on there recently, very funny. Then over at Little Steven's Underground Garage website (http://www.littlestevensundergroundgarage.com/), Episode 229 in the 2006 archives is a show about the Yardbirds with Jim McCarty. Also good stuff, Jeff even does a promo for the show in there.

February 28.5, 2007

Sorry the updates have been so infrequent, time's been scarce lately. Here's a quick update and I know I'm forgetting something here, again sorry.

The 'Music Cares' DVD is out that was taped last year at a party honoring Brian Wilson. Jeff does two songs, one of them 'Surfin' USA', great performance.

Last update (the one right above at what you're reading now) we mistakenly said Jeff would not be at Robert Plant's Honeydripper's reunion for the benefit of Robert's soundman, Roy. We were wrong, lowering our accuracy percentage to 92.5% but still incredibly high when you're dealing with Jeff Beck. Anyway, Jeff did show up at the gig in Dudley, England much to the delight of the crowd. He did three numbers with Jim Copley on drums (UPP) and Ian Jennings on bass. 'Brush With The Blues' was one number, we don't know about the other two.

And Jeff did appear at the 'Deuce Week' event in Los Angeles over the weekend. The event ran several days last week at Petersen's Auto Museum in LA. On Friday night Jeff was there with Billy Gibbons and from what we hear they played for 30 to 40 minutes. We hope to get some more details from someone we know who was there (RK).

Ask and you shall recieve........
Literally minutes from when I posted the above I got the first Deuce Week report, then another the next day, here they are...

From Jim Baxter......

     Long time listener-- first time caller. I
attended the Deuce Day Celebration at the Petersen
Museum last Friday and Jeff Beck did indeed play.  
     OK, I'll tell you the whole story. I arrived
around 4 PM and immediately recognized the sound of
Jeff's playing. Following my ears, I went to the
second floor to a tent-like structure and went inside.
Jeff, Billy Gibbons, Michael Anthony, Jimmie Vaughan
and his band were having a rehearsal/sound check. The
10 or so people inside and I stood in amazement at
what we were witnessing. It was unbelievably cool to
watch them work out arrangements and a set list. I got
the impression that Jeff suggested "Mystery Train",
but the others decided against it. Needless to say,
Jeff's playing was white-hot and jaw-dropping. At one
point, he played "Foggy Mountain Breakdown". After the
rehearsal, everybody in the room just smiled and knew
they had seen something special.
     For the next couple of hours, I checked out
all the hot rods, had something to eat (and drink),
and socialized. Lots of very cool and historically
significant Deuces. Hot rodding icons such as Roy
Brizio, Andy Brizio, Pete Chapouris, and Barry Lobeck
were in attendance. A car lover's dream come true. But
I digress.
     Around 7:30, I went back to the room where
the concert was going to be so that I would get a good
spot for the show. I noticed a curtained area next to
the stage. Hmmmm. I looked through and saw two people,
one of which was Jeff Beck pouring himself a cup of
coffee. Next thing I knew I was getting an autograph
and my picture taken with him. He was very friendly.
We talked about cars for a few minutes. He commented
that he liked my pen (from the autograph), so I told
him to keep it. Sorry -- I didn't ask him about a new
CD or tour plans. The room was filling up with other
well-wishers and his hot rodding buddies.
     After what I had already experienced, the
show itself was almost anticlimatic. It started with a
fund-raising auction for the Petersen Automotive
Museum. A signed Jeff Beck Strat went for $20,000.
Jimmie Vaughan and his band played a few Texas blues
numbers, Lu Ann Barton came out and sang a couple of
songs. Billy Gibbons, Michael Anthony (Van Halen's
bass player), and Jeff Beck then came out for 5 or 6
songs. I was too "in-the-moment" to concern myself
with a set list. No ZZ Top songs or any Jeff Beck
songs. Mostly blues jams, including Freddy King's "The
Stumble" which segued into 'The Theme from Peter Gunn'.
Jeff played a scorching solo an a slow blues number. 
       Well, that's about it. A night I will never
forget.Thanks for letting me share this with you.
No, thank you Tim! and now From Karen Summers......
I was in LA at the Petersen Museum 32 Ford festivties, and yes I did see Jeff Beck
and got to take many photo's in his sound check along with Billy Gibbins, Jimmy Vaughn,
and Michael Anthony, formerly of Van Halen. Jeff played with Jimmy's band 'Tilt A Whirl'
as did Billy and Michael. I was right next to the stage, and Robert Knight was next to me
for a part of the time. There was dinner and drinks before the show then again we went
up top center stage, almost on it( very low) there were alot of very nice people there,
Roy Brizio and Andy, we talked for while,and then some car guy said, "Come back with me
and vist Jeff Beck", so I did along with my friends Michelle, and Roxanne. We got back
there, and Jeff was chatting with some people and Jimmy Vaughn, and then he saw us,
and Roxanne, just went off on him( I said geeezzz!!!) she was talking so fast, he was
shaking his head and then he turned to me and i said calmly, "2004 UK tour after your
birthday in Bristol you invited us backstage to thank me for your star", and then
he went, "Oh, Oh, man yes, yes... but I have seen you since then". I said, "Yeah, 
in Reno last fall", he said, "That's it.. i knew it was recent". I said, "Oh, we saw
you on Car Crazy!" He started laughing, "Oh man that guy Barry is such the 'Hollywood
interviewer'". I said, "He's very epervesent", he said, "Oh yeah, was I looking at him
in an odd manner for a long while?" I said, "You were giving him long looks but I
wouldn't say they were negative." He said, "Oh good... cause he was a nice guy, just
into what he was doing." I said, "Well If i were him, I'd be on happy height as well."
I asked him where his car was cause I thought I saw it while running up here after
hearing tunes! I said, "Is it by a green car?", he said, "Yes, Ricky Nelsons."
We took a picture but Jeff and I both tried to explain to the guy taking it that
you can't move after you take it or it will blurr... nope he moved.... Sandra would
of been in the shot but Roxanne well, kind of well interrupted Jeff while he was asking
to get his "Mrs.", she sort of grabbed him and kissed him on the check and I just
was OH MAN... I can't believe she did that... well long story short the dude blew
the picture, and then they were all going on stage. I thanked Jeff and he smiled and
said, "Hey,ok good to see you." Oh yes, the show was excellent!! They all played at
the same time!! It was very cool!! There was a 14 year old guy next to me leaning
on the stage, just staring at Jeff's hands, and his mouth hanging open... yep!
Sound familar huh!! Jeff kept playing some insane, brillant licks and all the
other guys would just listen to him... well ya!! (Oh, btw Sandra was quite close
to where I was and she had a new SHORT haircut very sharp next to her jawline and
a black beret, she looked very good. And her 'rock" on her hand kept hitting the
light and it was MAJOR bright!!) There was an auction just before the show, and we
bid on these mini radiator grills made by, many of the cars builders, Roy Brizio
for one. I was bidding oh it, but oh well, $20k was the last bid... also up for
auction, one of Jeff's seafoam green guitars (like my white one). Bidding started
at $3,000 and it sold for $22,000... all for charity. Yep, Jeff was in the same
happy mood he was in the other 2 times I was invited, and we got on very well.
Thanks Karen, send us some photos!

March 15, 2007

Nothing really new to report, just got these cool pictures of the Deuce Week show, courtesy of Robert Knight and Deuce Music Ltd.!!

March 31, 2007

As we mentioned on the marquee Jeff will be at Eric Clapton's second 'Crossroads Guitar Festival' on July 28th. This year it's in Bridgeview, Illinois, let's hope the weather is better there than it was in Dallas last time. Tickets go on sale today (March 31st) and the show will also include; B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow and John Mayer. Proceeds, as before, will benefit Crossroads Centre drug-rehab facility in Antigua.

That being said, we had a brief comment from London that went something like, "We weren't really planning on doing any U.S. dates this summer but since we're already over there, who knows." Hmmm.

We were walking through Borders a week or so or go and guess who's face jumped out at us from the magazine rack? Jeff....in his 'knight' outfit....the same picture that was used on the cover of an issue of Guitar Player like, what, 8 years ago? This however was on the cover of a British guitar mag called 'Guitar & Bass'. Never heard of the mag before but hey, nice of them to give props to Jeff. The article inside...usual stuff; guitar god, elusive, maverick...blah, blah, blah....enigma, genius. Good quote from Lemmy, "Jeff Beck? The best guitarist in the world. He just goes diddly-iddly-iddly and everybody gets bored." Huh? Best part of the article...."The internet-based Beck Appreciation Society group has averaged 100-plus postings per month since 2002, occasionally breaking into four figures at signs of activity." JBAS gets some press!

June 12, 2007

This is an update to our last update.

We haven't updated in a while because not much is going on, well a little I guess. Jeff has some European dates lined up this summer. They precede his appearance at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival outside of Chicago on July 28th. Here they are;

Tuesday July 10th - Barcelona, Spain - Sala Bikini
Wednesday July 11th - Madrid, Spain - Viajazz
Friday July 13th - Pistoia, Italy - Blues Festival
Sunday July 15th - Montreux, Switzerland - Jazz Festival
Wednesday July 18th - Nice, France - Jazz Festival
Thursday July 19th - Toulon, France - Voix Du Gaou
Saturday July 21st - Patrimonio, Corsica, France - Night Of The Guitars
We made a brief inquiry to London back in the beginning of May about who would be playing bass with Jeff on these dates, we're still not sure but presuming it's Randy, Jason and Vinnie are definately onboard. Vinnie is playing for Jeff at Crossroads and for John McLaughlin as well. We also inquired if there were any US dates after Crossroads and we were told, "No".

Jeff was at Paul McCartney's gig at the Camden Electric Ballroom this weekend. Paul played to an intimate audience songs from his latest release "Memory Almost Full" as well his solo and Beatles classics. Besides Jeff, David Gilmour was also there.

Also rumour had it that Jeff guested on a Dave Stewart tune called "Go Green". London told us, no, then the rumour popped up again, not sure where we stand on this one.

Also, wasn't Jeff great on American Idol? Great song, great singing by Kelly Clarkson and did you see any of the pictures? I think there's still one on www.wireimage.com, Jeff looked ten years younger, those Hollywood hair and makeup people do great work. Hah! Jeff also made the Billboard Top 100, I think the download of the song "Up To The Mountain" on iTunes made it up to #66 or something. Jeff recently was quoted in Elle magazine concerning Kelly and he said, "It was the depth of her voice that struck me. She's got this maturity, you know, this fully developed soul voice that I wasn't expecting. It just knocked me out. It was quite riveting to listen to. At one point the audience started to stand up. They were so moved by her. She's got that quality that demands attention, which is rare."

Jeff recieved another award. The "Blues Artist Of The Year" was given to him at the Ronnie Scott's Awards on May 10th. The award was given to him by Jools Holland and he performed "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" and "Brush With The Blues" at the show. Ronnie Scott's is an old jazz club in London, usually just jazz acts play the place although I think I remember hearing that Jimi Hendrix played there a couple of times when he first started with the Experience in London.

Oh, this is pretty cool. Remember that jam Jeff did at Petersen's Deuce Week with Billy Gibbons, Jimmie Vaughn and Michael Anthony? Two of the songs are on www.youtube.com. First they do Freddy King's 'Hideaway' which you can find here; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew5px7EFhCs . Then they do "I Loved A Woman" which you can find here; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJogHxChwWg . Good stuff.

Another Jeff Beck tribute album is out. Hey, are there any Eric Clapton or Jimmy Page tribute albums? Anyway, this one's called "Freeway Jam - To Beck And Back" and features; Steve Morse, John Scofield, Eric Johnson, Adam Rogers, Mike Stern, Warren Haynes, Chris Duarte, Greg Howe and Walter Trout. It will be released July 17th on the Tone Center label.

July 14, 2007

What, you think we're going to do a Friday the 13th update? Ain't superstitious...but. Anyway, Jeff had a sensational female guitarist in his band in Jennifer Batten a couple of years ago. Now he has a sensational female bassist in the band in Tal Wilkenfeld (www.talwilkenfeld.com). She joins Vinnie and Jason to back up Jeff during his mini-Euro tour and we're guessing the Crossroad show as well. She has played with Vinnie before as well as Chick Corea. Jeff has played two gigs in Espana so far this week as from little we've heard, the reviews are good.

Jeff just turned 63 a couple of weeks ago and three days before on his birthday, on June 21st, he appeared at the "The Hoping Foundation Benefit" at Ronnie Scott's in London. You can see pictures of him there as well as at the Paul McCartney gig and the Ronnie Scott awards show at this website; http://editorial.gettyimages.com, just search for "jeff beck". One of the pictures shows Jeff with Chrissie Hynde and Bryan Adams with his guitar so we guess he played some at the benefit.

And as you know you can buy all sorts of Jeff Beck merchandise at www.jeffbeck.com. Now at that site you can click through to the UK merchandise site which has different stuff than what's on the US site so check that out.

August 2, 2007

Wow, what a month. A bunch of Jeff Beck shows, audio, video, pictures and even a little drama. First the drama, boy we got faked out of our shoes on that Rolling Stone/Yardbirds fiasco. Big rock n' roll publication, no less than Rolling Stone, puts on their website that according to 'an industry insider', Jeff and Jimmy Page were reuniting the Yardbirds and that they would tour with original members Jim McCarty and Chris Dreja in October. Jeff's management was informing billboard.com and contactmusic.com within hours that the story was ridiculous. Ralph used the term 'gobbly gook' when we asked him about it and no one has a clue who this 'industry insider' could have been or got his information. Not to start another false rumour, but we have heard that Jimmy is in fact thinking about a Led Zeppelin reunion perhaps next year.

Now to the important stuff....again nothing but rave reviews for Jeff's European dates. From what we've seen and heard of Tal Wilkenfeld, wow, what a great young talent. Here's the setlist we understand was played for the shows.

Eternity's Breath Jam
Freeway Jam
'Cause We Ended As Lovers
Blast From The East 
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat/Brush With the Blues
You Never Know
Behind the Veil
Star Cycle
Angel (Footsteps)
Big Block
Led Boots
A Day In the Life
Scottish One
Blue Wind
The Montreux Jazz Festival was Jeff's last European stop and their website had some great pics... at this address....http://www.montreuxjazz.com/news/photos_fr.aspx?id=1&d=9 . And on to the Crossroads show... first we understand Jeff played an hour set, longer than anyone else on the bill and got a full stadium standing ovation at the end. Here's the setlist he played.

1. Resolution
2. Eternity’s Breath
3. You Never Know
4. Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers
5. Stratus
6. Behind The Veil
7. Nadia
8. Led Boots
9. Angel (Footsteps)
10. Big Block
11. Goodbye Pork-Pie Hat/Brush With The Blues
12. A Day In The Life
The concert was streamed live on video.msn.com and was still there yesterday. If you go there and search "jeff beck" a clip comes up that is titled 'Led Boots' when in fact it's 'Angel Footsteps' but who cares, it's great! Getty images, editorial.gettyimages.com (search for "jeff beck"), has some great concert pics as well as the Chicago Tribune site, http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/chi-070728crossroads-photogallery,0,3476187.photogallery?index=19, that has a review as well.

Speaking of pics, we're hoping to get some soon from our friend Robert Knight, who shot the whole show from the front of the stage. Also check out Robert's new and improved website at; www.robertmknight.net . We hear he's also working on some projects that we will all be very interested in shortly.

And oh yeah, the whole 30 minutes of the Petersen's Auto Museum jam last February is now on www.youtube.com. Here's the address....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klOdWUTjqhQ .

October 18, 2007

It's been a while, we've been doing some remodeling where we work and we're just getting back on track. First the big news....Jeff's upcoming 'residence' at Ronnie Scott's.....here's the press release we recieved;

Rare London dates in residence at Ronnie Scott¹s

Jeff has announced 6 shows in 5 days at the world famous Ronnie Scott¹s Club in London¹s Soho,
running from November 27th to December 1st.

Featuring drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, keyboardist Jason Rebello, and young bassist Tal Wilkenfeld, Jeff
will be performing a wide selection of material over the week.
Ronnie Scott¹s only holds 200 people and has recently had a $6 million makeover,
no seat is more then 50 feet from the stage. This is a rare opportunity to catch one of the
world¹s greatest guitarists in a very intimate environment.

For tickets and information go to www.ronniescotts.co.uk 
As I think we've mentioned before, Ronnie Scott's is a reknown club. It's been a favored venue in London since it's remodeling but has numerous famous acts play there for decades. We mentioned a benefit Jeff played there some months back with Chrissie Hynde and the pictures are still available at www.gettyimages.com. Also on that site are a bunch of pictures from Bill Wyman's 70th birthday party that was held at Ronnie Scott's last year.

Very briefly other recent news (and I'm sure we've forgotten something).....Jeff will be on the Crossroads DVD coming out next month I believe, Also on www.gettyimages.com pics of Jeff at Ron Wood's 60th birthday party and at www.rexfeatures.com are pics of Jeff arriving at Paul McCartney's birthday party last June. Also look for Ronnie Wood's autobiography due out in November as well as Eric Clapton's.

December 12, 2007

Well, this will probably be the last update of the year and it's been a good year for Jeff Beck fans. Lots of live performances and happenings to keep our interest piqued. First off a little regression. We should have put these up a while ago but computer problems where Bill works put us behind a little. Here are some fantasic picture from Jeff's appearance at Montreaux last summer.....

These are just a sample from our friend Ueli and for the whole collection visit his website at;


Proceeding now in sort of chronological order....The DVD from Eric Clapton's Crossroads is out...2 disc set from Rhino Entertainment, a two hour version recently ran on PBS here in the states and included the two numbers from Jeff's set that are on the DVD; CWEAL or 'Syreeta' as Stevie calls it, and Big Block, both done very well we might add. Two asides....there is a boot of Jeff's entire set out there, I guess from the microsoft.com feed from that day, don't know, and we just saw where Eric and Steve Winwood are doing some shows in February in New York at MSG, a must see if you're in the area.

We've heard Guitar Player Magazine has an article in their December issue entitled, '10 Ways To Play Like Jeff'. We always love these kind of articles because they're hilarious in their uselessness. Over the years people have asked us about Jeff 'tabs' and so on and while we try and point them towards the few that are out there we also explain that you could have the most detailed instructions of this sort to play a Jeff Beck song, and in the end it's futile because NO ONE can play like Jeff. Our opinion anyway. Above and beyond the actual notes, I've yet to see ANYONE figure more than just a few elements of Jeff's technique, not to mention what's going on in his head, heart and hands. '10 Ways To Play Like Jeff', you might as well write an article on '10 Ways To Form A Groundbreaking Theory In Physics Like Albert'.....Way #1: Be born a genius.

Okay, now that we have that off our chest....it's time for (drumroll)....Ronnie Scott's Roundup! Where will try and figure out what the hell went on November 27th through December 1st. This is what we've figured out so far, sure to have some errors, but hey, we try. We're also expecting some more first hand reports, we'll add them when we get them.

Tuesday, November 27.....
Imogen Heap was the guest artist this night....we believe the setlist was the same as the November 30th setlist when she appeared again.

Beck's Bolero
Breath Eternal
Cause We've Ended As Lovers
Behind the Veil
You Never Know
Blast From the East
Led Boots
Angel (Footsteps)
Good-by Pork Pie Hat (Intro) ~ Brush with the Blues
Space Boogie
Blanket (Imogen Heap song)
Big Block
A Day In the Life

Rollin' and Tumblin' (Imogen again)

Where Were You

From Michael de Albuquerque, Tuesday, November 27th........
What an irresistible opportunity-to see Jeff gig in a tiny club-I have been a fan of Jeff’s work from Yardbird days.I loathed “Hi Ho Silver Lining” and the group he had with Cozy Powell-(rubbish material)..BBA got even worse..then…Blow By Blow…Jeff found his feet..using his guitar to sing a melody..which he continues to do to the present day-I credit Tony Hymas with providing some great melodies to assist Jeff in this quest….now to the 27th…I sat centre stage about 15ft back….first impression-what a fantastic sound in this club,the new PA with sound coming out of the ceiling is outstanding. Second impression-the warm up band are being allowed to use the Beck Band bass Amp and Keyboards-nice vibe.Now…..a ludicrous cockney accent introduces the main event…On comes our boy….63 years old-in great shape-black rooster hairstyle…Souix necklace with General Custer’s front teeth hanging from it..bracelets,.thongs etc-all dressed in black-thanks Jeff for getting dressed up for us-fantastic. He grabs the white Stratocaster and goes straight into “Beck’s Bolero”.Right from the word go-everyone looks happy…and although the stage is small Jeff does his showy flourishes within about a 15 ft span,left to right….As he starts “Cause we Ended as Lovers”…I am concerned for him as this is a very delicate piece..he is very exposed…and the audience is right on top of him….it turns out to be one of the best versions he has done in recent years..and Tal’s bass solo is exquisite…a superb addition to this tune. The atmosphere in the band is a pleasure to watch….Jason is always grinning from behind the keyboards… playing a beautiful chord-looking at Jeff,as if to say-“Right-what are you going to do with That!!?”Tal smiles..and smiles even wider when Jeff looks at her… Vinnie reserves the occasional smile for Tal-otherwise very concentrated…A musical note-Jeff had an echo box on his amp top, which he switched on and off himself where usually the effects appear as if by magic(ie the sound engineer puts it in phrase by phrase)…a couple of pedals on the floor….and the legendary refusal to check his tuning until very late in the set- no matter,he bends it into tune or shortens the notes.

There is no noticeable missed harmonic tonight…and this is particularly remarkable because Jeff went at it like a tiger-absolutely fearless,which is how we like him-GO for it..and if you miss occasionally-no problem..it is the spirit we like.Vinnie stays very close to Jeff, musically,at all times-if Jeff has any timing discrepancies ,Vinnie covers those as well-supplying endless subtleties to emphasize power chords or a small phrase.Tal has put a lot of delightful musical improvisation into the well known set pieces- a very freshening ingredient.

At the end of the show the audience was still stunned by the quality of the performance-and many of them, like me, come away very grateful that we had the chance to witness the great man at such close quarters-AND-playing better than ever.

This review appeared on the 'This Is London' website...

At the Beck and call of a rock legend
Brendan Quinn, London Lite 28.11.07 
Charismatic: Jeff Beck let his guitar do the talking
Jeff Beck last played in the UK more than three years ago - his first gig since 1990 -
so the run of five nights at Ronnie Scott's is one of the most sought-after tickets in town. 
He may not have hit the big time as consistently as fellow Yardbirds Eric Clapton or Jimmy
Page, but his trail through rock 'n' roll is mythic enough - this the man who invented
heavy metal, for God's sake. And unlike many of his contemporaries, he has never stuck
to the template, and as a player and a personality, he's contrary enough to stay permanently
Once you've got past seeing a rock legend in the kind of high-definition close-up that
a place like Ronnie Scott's can afford, the impact of his playing, its sheer energy and
imagination and freshness, is remarkable.
These are no reheated moves; this is the real thing. Backed by a cracking three-piece band
(including an almost prepubescent looking bass player, Tal Wilkenfeld) Beck is a commanding
and still charismatic presence.
Aside from the evening's guest Imogen Heap performing her song Blanket, he let his guitar
do the talking, kicking off all manner of tightly structured riffs that open out into the
kind of visceral, fluid music-making that other guitarists can only dream of. 
From the raw hard-rock riffing and complex, angular jazz structures to the keening, animal-like
cries he taps out from the neck of his guitar, Beck's performance exceeds expectations.
The evening's highlight comes as he closes the set with an instrumental version of Day In
The Life by The Beatles, and by the endeven the man himself seems taken aback and utterly
delighted by how well it has all turned out.

This gentleman from the Times of London went to the show and gave it four out of five stars...

From The Times 
November 29, 2007
Jeff Beck
David Sinclair at Ronnie Scott’s, W1 
Perhaps the greatest living guitar virtuoso, and certainly one of the most mercurial, Jeff Beck
stepped back into the spotlight at the start of a brief residency at Ronnie Scott’s. The first of
six shows in five nights found him revisiting the most jazz-influenced areas of his back catalogue
in an unusually intimate environment. And while he directed the great majority of his efforts towards
the audience seated on the left hand side of the stage, even those of us who were required to
contemplate the great man’s backside for most of the evening were left in little doubt of his
continuing mastery of his instrument. 
With his thatch of implausibly dark hair making him look more than ever like Nigel Tufnel of
Spinal Tap (for whom Beck was said to have provided the template), the 63-year-old guitarist
began with Beck’s Bolero, his calling card from the 1960s, when it was released as the B-side to
his evergreen (but long disowned) hit Hi Ho Silver Lining. 
From there he navigated his way round the sinuous riffing of Billy Cobham’s Stratus, followed by a
deliciously bluesy reading of Stevie Wonder’s Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers from Blow By Blow,
the 1975 album that first sent Beck travelling in this jazz-rock direction. Combining astonishing
technique with a blissful feel for nuance, he exercised an almost supernatural control of his fretboard
and pickup controls. Playing with the fingers and thumb of his right hand, not a plectrum, he was able to
vary tone and texture in the twinkling of an eye while turning the most complex of sequences around
on the head of a pin. 
During the course of an entirely instrumental set but for two numbers featuring the guest vocalist
Imogen Heap, Beck was accompanied by Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, Jason Rebello on keyboards and the
bassist Tal Wilkenfeld, who looked as if she should have been at home doing her homework for school the
next day, but played like a monster. It proved to be one of the best bands even Beck has assembled. The
collective pièce de résistance came when Colaiuta set up the super-fast double bass drum rhythm of Space
Boogie and they all piled into the number with such supreme skill and exuberance that even the excruciatingly
awkward time signature couldn’t prevent it from swinging. There was a standing ovation as the show ended
with a version of the Beatles’ A Day in the Life, which rolled the pleasure dial all the way up to 11. 

This review is from The Guardian, again four out of five stars.....

Jeff Beck

Ronnie Scott's, London 

John L Walters
Thursday November 29, 2007
The Guardian 

It is dinner time in Soho, but Ronnie's seems set for a fusion version of the Mad Hatter's
Tea Party. Stage right, lips pursed over his keyboards, is the Dormouse-like Jason Rebello.
Drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, sticks a-blur, is the high-speed March Hare. Bassist Tal Wilkenfeld,
solemn and wide-eyed, is Alice. And our host - eloquently dominating every conversation - is
guitarist Jeff Beck. The band is good, but it is Beck, on the first of a five-night, six-show residency,
that we have come to hear, for every Beck-ish variation on the blues, rock, jazz, metal and Indo-jazz
idioms he commands so effortlessly. 
Beck appears to be thinking about the timbre of his guitar all the time, whether playing the fluid,
appealing melody to Nadia, the hard-rocking riffs of Led Boots, or one of his endlessly inventive solos.
Wilkenfeld is a suitably self-effacing foil, keeping it low and dirty for Brush With the Blues, and high and
McCartney-ish for Day in the Life. When she solos in Cause We've Ended As Lovers, Beck beams in a
grandfatherly way. 
It is enlightening to see a master drummer such as Colaiuta in a small club. Slower tunes such as Blanket (by guest
singer Imogen Heap) and Behind the Veil provide a chance to see how he does it. Other guests - Joss Stone, possibly
Eric Clapton - are rumoured for the remaining five shows. 
The band treat numbers such as Blast From the East the way Cern scientists construct accelerators: faster = better
By the end of the last gig on Saturday, there is a chance that the breakneck tune Scatterbrain will actually end before
the intro. 

Wednesday, November 28.....
Joss Stone was the guest artist this night....here's a report from JBAS member Dawn (hope she don't mind we nicked it)

Now I'm not used to writing reviews so bear with me on this attempt
 to give you a flavour of last night:

 After a really crowd-pleasing warm-up from RS Allstars (more info on
 that if anyone wants to know) our Jeff came on wearing black
 waistcoat with white back, over white vest, black trousers and the
 same ethnic choker he sported at Crossroads. Speaking to people in
 there it seems that every night will be different but this is the set-
 list from last night:-

 • Beck's Bolero
 •Breath Eternal (ed.)
 • Stratus –seemed to be a lengthened version
 • CWEAL – included a great Tal solo and Jeff made sure all
   attention was on her
 • Behind The Veil – some new twists in here
 • You Never Know
 • Nadia
 • Blast from The East 
 • Then a Vinny solo leading into
 • Led Boots – what a fantastic version, loved that
 • Angel Footsteps – dropped his slide on the floor, retrieved
   with a mock gesture of relief, not sure the ending was as sharp as
   usual but who am I to judge!
 • Scatterbrain – this started with a new `boogie ` type intro
   which I thought was going into Big Block but it was a smoking, well re-
   worked rendition of Scatterbrain with some playing around with Jason
   who took it for a while.
 • Pork-Pie Hat/BWTB, again somewhat re-worked. During this Jeff
   took a guys drink of the front table and helped himself,
   unfortunately the guy he picked was somewhat the worse for drink and
   took it as an invite to join Jeff causing a `heavy' to have to place
   him back in his seat. (This happened a little later too, but an
   accompanying female took charge – there's always one!)
 •Space Boogie (ed.) – knew this so well, and it's a regular, but mind blank-
    sorry – had a new bit from Jason in it too
 • Big Block
 • At this point Jeff introduced the band and then introduced
   Joss Stone (along the lines of "its my pleasure - but enough of my
   personal life – welcome Joss Stone")
 • People Get Ready – with Joss Stone, her only number
 • A Day In the Life
 • (encore)
 • Where Were You – a false start as the rest weren't ready for
•  Blue Wind

 The set was all familiar stuff, only the 2nd one I hadn't heard
 recently, and although I knew it well I can't name it – maybe Space
 Boogie, I can't be sure now, but it had some new treatment.

 There was lots of laughing and joking going on, a friendly and
 relaxed feel to the whole thing. Jason was wondering in and out
 before the club opened, Tal was walking around the club when she
 wasn't on stage (we met in the ladies!), Vinny exited for more than
 one ciggie, and Joss Stone was also outside afterwards for the same
 reason. In the audience too (they announced) was Claude Nobs (ed.),
 Director of the Montreaux Jazz Festival, and Robert Plant was on the
 rail watching.

 It was a very small stage area, down on a level with the premier
 tables, if you have these seats you'll be within 10ft! Jeff was the
 only one moving around, Tal was clearly on orders to stay on her spot
 back in the corner between Vinny and Jason, and the 5 cameras were
 positioned at either side, two to the front and in the back corner
 of the club. They announced following one of the several `no
 photography' warnings that they were making a live DVD and this would
 be available to buy afterwards.

 RS's is a very small venue, the tables are cramped and for those who
 ate I hope they could taste what it was because it's so dark you
 couldn't see. The first come first seated thing is not exactly true,
 there were only 2 people in front of me in the queue and I was seated
 at the back but elevated – it was actually a good view and still only
 about 25 ft away and it suited me as I had planned on sneaking my
 camera out, but that turned out to be impossible. However, if you are
 going and you don't like the seat they give you go back to the desk
 and ask for a change. Don't let Ralph put you off, he seems to get
 his kicks from standing there making off the cuff comments – in fact
 he was highly visible all evening. Also, maybe Jeff had read the
 review of Tuesday as he was careful to go out of his way to play to
 those on his right too, even going off stage and out of the light to
 do so at times, but yes to his left was a good view.

 And for those wanting some technical info - Jeff had his usual Strat,
 Marshal amps and some sort of pedal at the back – bet you're all
 sorry you asked, but I am female so you got the full clothing run-
 down first LOL

We recieved a note from our friend, Mike Hull, who was there to see this show. He mentiond what Dawn referred to about what calls a 'jack-ass' hopping up onstage after Jeff played 'Brush With The Blues' to shake his hand... this event actually played into Mike's favor the next night as we will see.

Now this is pretty funny, a review from the most clueless music critic ever...from the UK Standard. The guy obviously has never heard Jeff's music before, no idea what it's all about. Goes to Ronnie Scott's which is a 'jazz' club but frequently has artists that aren't straight ahead jazz....I remember Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy played there back in 1986, Hendrix played there in the 60's, and expects to hear 'jazz' or whatever he thinks 'jazz' is.

No stars for Beck
By Jack Massarik, Evening Standard 29.11.07 
Just not jazz: Jeff Beck's gig at Ronnie Scott's was more for middle-aged air guitarists
re-living their sad youth Friends had encouraged me to check out the new Jeff Beck, hinting
that this wealthy Strat-screeching icon had been sharpening his jazz chops in his recent
years. They were wrong. What I heard before I stalked out - warp-volume
thunderers like Beck's Bolero, Cause We Ended, Blast fom the East and Scatterbrain - was
nothing but unadulterated rock. 
He's the greatest guitarist in the world!" a companion protested as I headed for the exit.
Well, Scott's manager Leo Green may believe so, but that screaming post-Hendrix machismo,
executed on the uppermost six frets of the guitar, will never cut it with
the jazz world. The packed crowd who stayed put looked like beady-eyed, middle-aged
air-guitarists, re-living their sad youth. Jeff's shrill howls might have earned one star
for the efforts of keyboarder Jason Rebello, female bass-guitarist Tal Wilkenfield,
a pouting teen-fantasy figure, and Vinnie Coliuta, a heavy-handed drummer hired by
Herbie Hancock for stadium jazz-rock excesses. But no, that decision faded when their
version of Goodbye Pork-Pie Hat morphed into a crude 12-bar thrash that
ignored all Charlie Mingus's subtle substitute chords. 
Joss Stone reportedly leapt on stage near the end to join them in People Get Ready but she
was welcome. Putting music like that on this stage was an insult to a half-century of
world-respected jazz tradition. 
This guy is barking mad!

Thursday, November 29th......
This evening has been dubbed 'Lad's Night'...here's an excerpt from Mike Hull's letter to me which explains why. He and his wife travelled all the way from Massachusetts to see two shows and they were sitting at a table right in front of the stage. He told me one of the manager's of Ronnie Scott's, Tracy (whom he thanks profusely), gave him and his wife the table because she recognized him from the night before and the fact that he had witnessed the 'jack-ass' jump onstage. Guess the folks at Ronnie Scott's were now trying to seat the tables closest to the stage with people they knew could control themselves! See, good behavior has it's benefits.

After Jeff finished the first set, he introduced Jimmy Page in
the audience along with Brian May, Tony Iommi, Robert Plant and
Claude Nobs. The crowd gave the obligatory polite clapping. Jeff
then stepped up to the mike and Introduced " an old friend who knows
his way around a Strat" and Eric Clapton walked on. Needless to
say the crowd was very exited. Eric had the same gray Strat and
the Fender Twin from the Crossroads show.  They played two songs,
Muddy Water's 'You Need Love' and Willie Dixon's 'Little Brown Bird'(ed.),
it was the most amazing musical experience I have ever  
had. They did some awesome trading off during those tunes, just  
beyond belief! After they finished Eric took a seat at the side of  
the stage and watched Jeff close the night with a version of Where  
Were You that brought tears to my eyes. I couldn't believe what I had  
witnessed. And to top that, Tracy then came over with signed CD's and  
shirts from Jeff. People think I'm crazy for these journeys, but this  
is one I will never forget.

Another report we can pass on.....this comes from Brian May's website, www.brianmay.com. This is a postscript to an entry on 'Brian's Soapbox'.

P.S. Mind you ... after seeing Jeff Beck last night in terrifying form heading up a sensational
band at Ronnie Scott's ... I might just have to give up Guitar Playing! Jeff is utterly, brilliantly
innovative and dangerous, still ahead of us all after all these years ... I had to give myself
a good talking-to on the way out, to remind myself that we all have our roads to follow,
etc., etc ... In Jeff's hands, the guitar becomes almost an entirely new instrument ... he is quite
unlike anyone or anything else we have ever seen ... the guitarist's guitarist ... the Guv'nor !
(I wrote a song to commemorate this fact ... remember?) It reminds me of seeing Jimi Hendrix,
all those years ago. As a privileged spectator, having being thrilled, shocked, stunned, and nearly
obliterated, you have to one of two things. Give up, or go home and practice a LOT!!! 

Wow, we also hear that Jim McCarty was there with newest Yardbirds guitarist Ben King whom Jim introduced to Jeff.

Friday, November 30th.....
More surprises tonight. Prior to the start of Jeff's set the host of the show comes out and tells the audience you're not seeing one Jeff Beck show tonight but two! The first set will be a 'Big Town Playboys' set. The host explains about Jeff's love of Gene Vincent and Cliff Gallup and says he recorded a CD with BTP 'about ten years ago', actually it's more like fifteen but oh well. Then the host says'And this material has never been performed live before', wrong again, Jeff and the BTP did a show in Paris in April of 1993. But who cares! The BTP set was seven songs....not all Gene Vincent songs though.

Crusin' With The Devil - Gene Vincent
Crazy Legs - Gene Vincent
Train Kept A Rollin' - Burnett
My Baby Left Me - Elvis
Matchbox - Carl Perkins
Baby Blue - Gene Vincent
?? 12 bar sax/guitar instrumental

Then a regular set followed with Imogen Heap again guesting.
Beck's Bolero
Breath Eternal
Cause We've Ended As Lovers
Behind the Veil
You Never Know
Blast From the East
Led Boots
Angel (Footsteps)
Good-by Pork Pie Hat (Intro) ~ Brush with the Blues
Space Boogie
Big Block
A Day In the Life

Rollin' and Tumblin'

Where Were You

Saturday, December 1st.......
Double header this night....shows number 5 and 6 in the line up. Imogen was the guest both shows, setlist same as November 27th (we think).

And now even more 'What's New!' that Dick wants to tag onto what has to be the longest 'What's New!' ever...thanks Dick.

There's another JB out there who's a big Jeff Beck fan and I'm not talking about the amazing incomparable Jennifer Batten...From being a child blues prodigy who toured with B.B. King at the age of twelve through a string of solo Blues Rock lps to the recent two of the Blues number #1 Blues chart busters "You and Me" and "Sloe Gin", Joe Bonamassa has arrived at the big top for guitarists. Of all his influences Jeff Beck is his favorite. The self titled "Blues Deluxe" 2003 Bonamassa lp was a testament to the Jeff Beck classic arrangement on the "Truth"lp and Mr. Beck in general. I spent an evening with Joe in West Palm Beach recently and gave him a copy of the Jeff Beck/Hans Zimmer "Days Of Thunder" intstrumental soundtrack score recent discovery. As popular as Joe is in America he is equally as popular in Europe which ironically kept him from the Crossroads Festival for which he was invited last minute and couldn't cancel out of support dates to the North Sea Jazz Festival. If you get a chance to see Joe live you will discover that he has the rarest of gifts who like Jeff does it solely through the fingers and heart. It is no secret that Joe would be heavenly thrilled to see Jeff in the audience for one of Joe Bonamassa's forthcoming February 08 London gigs. Lord only knows what Jeff Beck "Beckology" obscure find I can conjure up for Joe next time around. Hah!

Joe and Dick in West Palm Beach, December 2007

Joe's tools of the trade

Often what's new is composed of "Beckology" finds that are what's old. First check out the UK version of Amazon.com to get the 6 episodes of the 2004 Vic Reeves spoof "Catterick" which features Jeff's original guitar on at least three episodes. Got mine the other day and when I transfer PAL to NTSC I'll give it a review

Next is the long overdue compilation of 1995's Glam Metal Detectives from the BBC Vignette spoof featuring Jeff on the the title track "Everybody's Up "which differed from the single audio release back then which Jeff was not on due to tiff with Trevor Horn. The long play version and the bonus "show version" both have Jeff if you don't already have the video which is also available from UK Amazon.com Finally there is the long awaited 1990 instrumental score by Hanz Zimmer to the Tom Cruise 1990 movie "Days OF Thunder". Check out Jeff Beck Bulletin #14 for Dick's story on the epic.

Be seeing you....