Things have been quiet lately but here's a recap of what news we
have from the recent months...
There don't appear to be any plans to tour the US this year, but the good news is Jeff has signed a multi-year deal with Warner Bros. Music so that means new recordings.
The DVD of the 50th anniversary show filmed last August in LA at the Hollywood Bowl is expected to be released this spring on Eagle Vision.
Jeff has also made guest appearances on recent albums by ZZ Top, Beth Hart and Imelda May's new album.
The Bones ladies have moved to the USA after a farewell show in the UK.
Jonathan Joseph is touring as the drummer for ex-Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre. They recently played the 'Daryl's House' club in Pawling, NY, check out Jonathan's FaceBook page for pics.
Jimmy Hall has joined the Hank Williams Jr. U.S spring/summer tour.
Rhonda Smith continues work on her third solo album and will be appearing at Sweetwater's 16th annual 'Gear Fest', June 23rd and 24th in Fort Wayne, IN to promote PRS, Paul Reed Smith products.
Nicolas Meier has a new album out, "Infinity". The album features Vinnie Colaiuta on drums and Jimmy Haslip (any Tommy Bolin fans out there?) on bass. A fall U.S. tour is planned.
We were saddened to hear of the passing of our friend Jimmy Copley last month. Here's one of the obits...
British drummer Jimmy Copley, who performed with Tony Iommi, Paul Rodgers, Jeff Beck and many others, has died after a battle with leukemia, according to a Facebook post by his former M3 bandmate Tony Martin. Martin wrote, “Sad to acknowledge the death of Jimmy Copley, drummer and all round great dude. Jimmy was in the band M3 with me but he played for many named artists …. Including Tony Iommi, and Paul Rodgers ….. He had such an accurate touch with drums that seemed effortless, Sad to hear leukemia took his life. Thoughts are with his family and others that knew him.” According to University Hospital Bristol, Copley had been diagnosed with leukemia in 2015, and relapsed following a bone marrow transplant. He opted to discontinue chemotherapy. Copley, who was born in London in 1953, was a session musician who had long played with Jeff Beck. In addition, he had stints with Graham Parker, Tears for Fears, the Pretenders and Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, among many others. In 2008, Copley released his first solo album Slap My Hand. The album featured performances by a huge array of artists, including Beck. He was known as the master of the open-handed drumming technique, which involves not crossing hands when playing the high hat and snare drum simultaneously. This morning, Copley’s Facebook page quickly filled with remembrances from friends and other musicians, with many calling him one of the best drummers and people with whom they’ve ever worked. Copley’s kindness showed even in his final days, when, according to the University Hospital Bristol, his hospital room was transformed into a temporary recording studio so that he and friends could record an EP to benefit the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre and Royal United Hospital in Bristol. In addition to Copley, the EP Psyche Funk features Anthony Head, Robert Hart of Bad Company, Chris White of Dire Straits, and Charlie Jones (who played with Robert Plant and Page and Plant.) “I’m making the EP to give something back to the wonderful people at the NHS wards that have treated me,” Copley said. It gave me something to aim at during the dark days. I feel good about leaving some new music behind.”
One Jeff and Sandra siting a couple of months back...they attended John McLauglin's show at Ronnie Scott's on March 14th.
Finally, got this letter from a fan.
Hello, I've been following your website for years; I just wanted to share a Jeff painting I just finished; its 24x30 oil on canvas. I need to get a better pic and I'm doing some minor touch ups though; what do you think? Any possible way of getting this out to Jeff? Thanks, Jason
What do you think? Pretty good, right?
Be seeing you. BA
Two big things happened since the last update the first and foremost being Jeff's 'Orient Tour'. Our Japanese correspondents, Hiroko, Toshi and Yukinori sent us a ton of photos. It's going to take us a while to wade thru them but as of right now I'm hoping to feature them in a new JBB#22.
The other big thing was that Jeff took sort of a detour on his way to his gig in Seoul and played a private show tied to the NAMM convention in Anaheim, CA on January 19th. He played a set of Gene Vincent/Cliff Gallup songs with Darrel Higham at an offsite venue call 'The Observatory' in nearby Santa Ana, CA. The event was put on by Gretsch guitars to announce their new 'Cliff Gallup Signature Duo Jet' guitar. The event was private for the lucky 350 guests some of whom did win tickets thru a contest on the Gretsch website. Gretsch also announced a new 'Duane Eddy Signature Limited Edition Hollowbody' and so of course Duane played a set as well and he and Jeff jammed at the end of the show. Here's links to all the media and YouTube videos we've collected.
Next item up comes from Ed Chapero and features his talent for
finding the slightest thing on the internet that has anything to do with Jeff. A Montreal based film company called Rezolution Pictures has produced a film that was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival January 22nd entitled 'Rumble, Indians Who Rock The World'. Here is the link to an article about the film. The relevant paragraph is...
“Jeff Beck, who is considered one of the greatest guitar players on the planet loves Link Wray and loves Native American culture. He even told me how he and Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin would play air guitar to Link's records as teens but he didn't know Link Wray was a Shoshone Indian and yes he flipped when I told him.”
Vocalist extrodinaire, Beth Hart has a new album out...'Fire On The Floor'. It was released in Europe last October but the US release that dropped on February 3rd had a bonus track that featured...wait for it...wait for it...Jeff Beck! The track, 'Tell Her You Belong To Me' is a remake of a song penned by Beth that appeared on her 2015 release 'Better Than Home'. Here's a YouTube link to the track.
A reminder, last update I mentioned how Jeff recently bought an air raid siren from one Paul Lawrence. His signed acoustic guitar that Jeff played in his very own kitchen is still available so if your interested...Also, if you're interested in a used air raid siren I think Paul has a few left.
Lastly our pic to remember Dick...hey, that's the new catch phrase! Dick with Tyler Bryant, 2012.
Be seeing you.
The 'Orient Tour 2017' kicks off January 22nd. It was the 'Japanese Tour 2017' but then a date in Seoul, South Korea was added so...here again are the dates and the line up.
January 22 Seoul, South Korea (Olympic Park) 25 Yokohama (Pacifico Yokohama) 26 Sendai (Sendai Sunplaza Hall) 28 Morioka (Iwate Kenmin Kaikan) 30 Tokyo (Tokyo International Folum Hall A) 31 Tokyo (Tokyo International Folum Hall A) February 02 Osaka (Grancube Osaka) 03 Fukuoka (Fukuoka Sunpalace) 04 Hiroshima(Hiroshima Ueno Gakuen Hall) 06 Nagoya (Nagoya City Hall) 07 Hyogo (Archaic Hall) Jeff Beck...guitar Rhonda Smith...bass guitar, vocals Jonathan Joseph...drums Jimmy Hall...vocals, harp Carmen Vandenberg...rhythm guitar Rosie Bones...vocals
On Febuary 1st, a deluxe edition of 'LOUD HAILER' will be released in Japan with 3 bonus cuts: live versions of "Live In The Dark", "Scared For The Children"and "The Revolution Will Be Televised" recorded live in Baloise Session, Basel, Switzerland October 22nd.
A DVD/BluRay of Jeff's 50 Year Anniversary show in Los Angeles from last August is in post production and a release date is expected the first quarter 2017 on Eagle Vision.
Here is a tidbit I posted last update...
Came across this curiosity last month...on YouTube a video entitled 'Jeff Beck playing MY guitar in MY Kitchen'. Sounds interesting let's look...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mdb4l7tOnIg. This was posted by 'atticboy11'. On the page you'll notice he states that Jeff was at his house to buy something, that's it. If you go and look at atticboy11's other videos it seems he likes air raid sirens. Would Jeff buy an air raid siren? It seems all you could do with one would be to scare off birds or piss off your neighbors. Hmmm. Now comes the 'what would Dick do' moment. Further investigation of atticboy11's video gives us his name, Paul Lawrence and his email. Dick would have definitely contacted this guy to get the story. Am I? No.
Now, I never did contact Paul Lawrence, but guess what? Out of the blue he contacted me!! He saw this post somehow (is Dick pulling some strings from somewhere?) and sent me the following email...
Subject: I'm the guy who Jeff Beck bought an air raid siren from :-) Hi Bill, I came across your blog / website where you refer to the YouTube video of Jeff Beck coming to my house. He did indeed come to my house to buy an air raid siren. It's a strange story, but his wife Sandra contacted me as they had seen my siren videos. They wanted one as part of an alarm system for the barns with his hot rods in. I didn't realise who it was at first, but worked it out by the time they came and I asked him to sign my old guitar, which he kindly obliged. Before he signed it, he just picked it up and played it, so I shot the video. Although, appreciate his awesome talent, I'm probably not as bigger fan as you guys. To that end, I would consider selling the guitar to go to an appreciative home and invest the money in my other hobbies. Do you know any fans who would be interested. I attach a photo of the signed guitar. I'm sure you'll agree that you can't get better provenance than a video of him playing it :-). Thanks for mentioning my video in your blog. Happy New Year, Paul.OK, Jeff bought an air raid siren to hook up to the burglar alarm of the garage that houses his hot rods...that is too funny. As we mentioned back in 2006 Jeff had a really cool new garage built on his property to house his many cars. Built by Karl Terry of Kent, heres a pic of it.
Here are a couple of pics Paul sent. If you're interested in the guitar, send me an email and I'll put in touch with Paul.
Next item comes from Ed Chapero. He sent me an ebay posting that was very interesting. It was for a 1/4" 15ips master tape of some BBA rough mixes recorded at Tel-Mar studio (owned by Chess Records) in Chicago, December 1972. The cuts were; 1.)I'm So Proud 2.)Lose Myself 3.)Superstition 4.) Why Should I Care 5.) Lady 6.) Livin' Alone 7.)Chant. The ebay posting was very long and detailed but a fascinating read. The auction closed about a day after I got the link so luckily I copied the entire description. I made a seperate html of this because it is very long. You can read it here. I contacted Carmine Appice and asked if he had any comments, which he didn't but he did send on his condolences for Dick.
Also from Ed C...this item that shows how change is constant. A new look and sound for Imelda May. Following her recent break up from former Big Town Playboys and Imelda May Band guitarist Darrel Higham, Imelda has a new album out 'Life Love Flesh Blood', produced by T Bone Burnett and featuring Jeff Beck and Jools Holland as well as the guiding hand of Bono, who mentored her throughout the process. As you can see by the photo below, sultry new look. And here is the UK Standard article link; http://www.standard.co.uk/showbiz/celebrity-news/imelda-may-debuts-new-sound-and-new-look-after-marriage-breakup-a3399421.html. Make sure to check out the video.
Lastly, for the last few years we've been ending our 'What's New' posts with old pictures of Jeff. I think this year we'll end with old pictures of Dick that we've posted since we started this endeavour 22 years ago...here's Dick and Sandra from his UK trip a few years ago. And of course we'll end with 'Be seeing you...', Dick's line from his favorite TV show 'The Prisoner' and the last words I spoke to him when I saw him last, the morning of September 3rd, 2016.
Be seeing you...