Sunday, April 05, 2009

Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page at the R&R HOF

Last night, April 4th, Jeff Beck was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Jimmy Page. It's the second time for Jeff - he was inducted in 1992 for his work in the Yardbirds, but said he appreciated it more this time for his solo work. Jeff's always been a bit of a loner. Or "naughty" as he put it.

Afterward, Jeff played Beck's Bolero and then Jimmy joined him for Immigrant Song, which then developed back into Beck's Bolero. They must have gotten over their tiff over who wrote BB. After all it was over forty years ago, and as they said last night, they've been friends since they were kids. ("Were we thirteen or fourteen when we met?" Jimmy said. "Eleven," Beck replied.) Jimmy was, unusually, playing a Fender 12 string.

He also played The Theme From Peter Gunn.

After Metallica was inducted, by a blue-haired Flea (and I spoonerized it as the Rock and Roll Home of Fail - sorry Metallica, nothing personal), just about everyone who was there except for Bobby Womack and Run DMC got on stage to jam to Train Kept a Rolling. Don't know why this was an all-white line up. I suspect Run DMC, at least, could have done great justice to this one given their previous success in making Walk This Way rock.

Here's on is video of the post-induction interview with Jeff and Jimmy. Love the interplay. Page says it wasn't him that threw Jeff out of the Yardbirds and in fact, not much later, the Yardbirds walked away from him and left him on his own too!

Getty Images has plenty of watermarked shots to look at.


Julie said...

Wish I could have been there - I would have told Jeff to wear something a bit more flattering for a start.
I love the way Jimmy is always willing to just play along in the background - unlike Jeff Beck who needs to be the centre of attention. Jimmy just loves to play. And I love him for that :)

Casey said...

Those gents look genuinely happy in each other's company. Warms my heart, even if Jimmy has been a bit clueless it the axe since, I dunno, '77? (And I say that with admission that he's my favorite musician of all time.)

Peromyscus said...

Yes, it was a wonderful evening. Whether Jimmy was just happy to be in the background or was clueless in the axe (great phrase) it worked well. And made me happy too.


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