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JEFF BECK/Imelda May
London Indigo O2, 21 September 2009
a tale of two journeys, the first being my journey here to the Indigo
which is situated inside what was originally called the Millennium Dome.
The smaller of the two venues here. With the prospect of seeing one
of the most exciting guitarists to ever come out of this country
performing along with new rising star Imelda May, I knew I was going to be
in for a classy stylish evening. So one does not travel on the tube
to here, with all the riff raff dear boy. My friends and I travelled
from Waterloo along the Thames on the Clipper with fine wine in hand and
good conversation. A splendid way to travel.
journey tonight was the one that Jeff Beck was going to take us on, all
the way back to the 50's. An age when a young Beck was most probably
keeping his parents awake with his new found love of rock 'n roll, trying
to learn his new six string to recreate the sounds that were coming out of
is a young Irish singer who along with her band are causing a stir at the
moment with their rockabilly Latino sounding new CD and at first I thought
this gig was to be mainly their set with Jeff guesting along. As it
turned out I was to be surprised as Jeff Beck took us on a trip down
rocker to inspire Beck was Gene Vincent especially his guitarist Cliff
Gallup and with that we got a double helping of 'Cruisin'' and 'Double
Talking Baby'. Tracks that Beck later recorded for the Big Town Playboys
We also got
Johnny Burnett's version of 'Train Kept On Rollin' ,a song Jeff later did
with the Yardbirds.From then on Beck took us on a history lesson.
individually shared by Imelda May and her husband guitarist/singer Darrel
Higham revelling the chance to take centre spotlight for such a unique gig
with the maestro.
strapped on his Stratocaster and rightly paid homage to Hank Marvin and
the Shadows, saying they were an inspiration to many young guitarists, and
then performed one of the greatest riffs ever: 'Apache'.
Wolf, Elvis also got an airing, songs from the 1956 influential film 'Girl
Can't Help It' got us jiving, the only time to take a breath was a
beautiful ballad of Jeff Buckley's 'Lilac Wine' with Beck's weeping guitar
and May's honey voice getting great applause.
Some of my
favourite highlights were the stonking instrumentals of the 'Peter Gunn
Theme', made famous by the Blues Brothers film - this was the heaviest
version I've ever heard - and 'Green Onions' with the sound filled out by
the horn section, marvellous stuff!
and the Comets got the double treatment with 'Rock Around The Clock' and
'Shake Rattle And Roll' with Darrell Higham looking the part and enjoying
himself so much you'd think he would start a Comets tribute act.
song was the instrumental 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow', a track that even
Ritchie Blackmore wouldn't dream of touching these days Also applauding up
on the balcony just in front of me was Jimmy Page and Ronnie Wood who had
earlier declined the offer of joining Beck on stage, but they most
probably didn't want to be upstaged.
momentous evening, which wasn't even filmed for DVD. You really had
to be there.
and photos by Mark Taylor, except where indicated.
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