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Review: Jeff Beck's Australian Tour

Bugsy 23 Jan 09 - 03:19 AM
Trevor Thomas 23 Jan 09 - 06:58 AM
Bugsy 23 Jan 09 - 10:48 PM
Mooh 24 Jan 09 - 10:02 AM
Nick 24 Jan 09 - 11:34 AM
Nick 24 Jan 09 - 11:36 AM
GUEST,bankley 24 Jan 09 - 11:53 AM
Phil Edwards 24 Jan 09 - 12:27 PM
Murray MacLeod 24 Jan 09 - 01:06 PM
GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz 24 Jan 09 - 01:37 PM
bankley 24 Jan 09 - 01:44 PM
GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz 24 Jan 09 - 01:50 PM
Bonzo3legs 24 Jan 09 - 04:16 PM
Will Fly 24 Jan 09 - 07:01 PM
GUEST,dc denizen 25 Jan 09 - 01:38 AM
GUEST,Brien Comerford 25 Jan 09 - 03:18 PM
GUEST,rabitoh 29 Jan 09 - 02:06 AM
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Subject: Review: Jeff Beck's Australian Tour
From: Bugsy
Date: 23 Jan 09 - 03:19 AM

I had the good fortune(?) to see Jeff Beck last night at the Perth Concert Hall at the start of his Australian tour. He was supported by Australian singer/songwriter/guitarist, Jeff Lang.

I have not seen Jeff Beck since his days with the Yardbirds but read with interest the bio on his website. To say his performance was technically outstanding would be an understatement. He began his set with a dazzling guitar instrumental, followed by another dazzling instrumental, followed by ANOTHER DAZZLING INSTRUMNTAL! By the fifth "dazzling instrumental" I was beginning to switch off. Though I must say that the majority of the audience did not seem to share my lack of enthusiasm. Jeff gave us "dazzling instrumentals" for 90 minutes, not once had he approached the vocal mike at the front of the stage or spoken to the audience. At the end of the performance he finally spoke. I cannot remember the exact wording but is was something in the vein of "Thank you very much! On Bass xxxx xxxxx(undeciferable) on Drums XXX XXXXX, on keyboards XXXXX XXXXXX, Good night!". He then left the stage to Thunderous applause from the audience, and didn't return for an encore for about 5 minutes. He then returned, waved to the crowd, did a "Dazzling instrumental", waved again and left the stage. More thunderous applause from the audience. 3-4 minutes later, returned to the stage with keyboard player, did another Low key "dazzling instrumental" waved and left the stage,. End of Show.

Technically Excellent. Entertainment-wise (for me) Boring as Batshit!.

By comparison his support, Jeff Lang, came on stage, introduced himself. Introduced his songs, interacted with the audience and gave a stellar performance.

Jeff Beck left from backstage to go to his Hotel.

Jeff Lang came out front of house, signed CD's and did a meet and greet.

I shook his hand and told him that for me he was the star of the evening. I don't think he believed me though.

CHeers


Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Review: Jeff Beck's Australian Tour
From: Trevor Thomas
Date: 23 Jan 09 - 06:58 AM

Jeff Beck is known for his 'dazzling instrumentals'. Anyone familiar with his music will be presumably buying a ticket wanting to listen to his live interpretation of these.

He's a very reserved character, and not comfortable with doing the 'front man' thing. He does interviews very rarely and it's obvious he's not comfortable with people asking him questions, paying him compliments or the rest of it.

I know exactly what you mean - if a performer can make you feel included, or appreciated or you just see a bit of the human side, then it makes them far more engaging. Imagine how great the gig would be if he told a few stories about playing in the 60s, cracked a few jokes etc. Or told us something about how the tune came to be written, or what had inspired it. I think in the folk world this is something that happens all the time and we sort of take it for granted. As far as I'm concerned it's an integral part of the experience.

In most other styles of music that I've seen, Rock, Jazz, Classical, etc you don't get much in the way of chat from the stage, generally. I saw Eric Clapton once or twice and he never said much either.


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Subject: RE: Review: Jeff Beck's Australian Tour
From: Bugsy
Date: 23 Jan 09 - 10:48 PM

Thanks for that Trevor. I think you are right, maybe we've been spoiled in the folk scene by performers who manage to connect with the audience. I agree with you with regard to the lack of interaction at Classical concerts, though I must say I've been to quite a few rock concerts where the artist has engaged in conversation with the audience quite a bit, ie Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney...& likewise with Jazz.

Maybe I'm getting a bit picky in my old age, though I must say I spoke to a couple of young people there at the venue who basically felt the same.


Cheers


Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Review: Jeff Beck's Australian Tour
From: Mooh
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 10:02 AM

I don't feel the need to be chatted up. Give me music. A brief "Hi how are ya" is okay, and song titles, history maybe, but brief and to the point. Brief!

The likable Kieran Goss, whose songwriting is locally popular and is a good stage performer, blew off half a festival set chatting up the audience who had come to hear his music. Though everyone gave him rave reviews, it was always qualified by "but he spoke too much!".

I've never had the pleasure of seeing Jeff Beck (I love his music) but I'd be pissed if he spoke too much. If I wanted to know more about him, there's lots online.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: Review: Jeff Beck's Australian Tour
From: Nick
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 11:34 AM

I like Jeff Beck's music and would go and listen. I genuinely couldn't give a hoot if he spoke all night.

Last thing I saw of his was with Jennifer Batten and I'll go and see her soon as she's playing over here. I'm going to watch her play not listen to her chatting (perhaps she'll go into detail about touring with Michael Jackson and court cases, but I doubt it). Went and saw Joe Satriani and Paul Gilbert play fairly recently and can't remember anything they said but do remember the music.

If you haven't been acquainted with Jeff Beck since the Yardbirds I'm sure it all came as a bit of a shock (he probably didn't play a lot of Yardbirds hits) - but I'd guess that anyone who has known what he does since Blow to Blow or Wired would know what they were going to.


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Subject: RE: Review: Jeff Beck's Australian Tour
From: Nick
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 11:36 AM

Undecipherable is one of my favourite bassists by the way.


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Subject: RE: Review: Jeff Beck's Australian Tour
From: GUEST,bankley
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 11:53 AM

to each his own.... if Arlo Guthrie played like Jeff Beck, he probably wouldn't say much either...


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Subject: RE: Review: Jeff Beck's Australian Tour
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 12:27 PM

Don't know about you, bankley, but if I tried waiting for Alice's Restaurant to come round on the guitar here I'd be waiting all night.


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Subject: RE: Review: Jeff Beck's Australian Tour
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 01:06 PM

as long as he plays "Hi Ho Silver Lining", I would forgive him anything ..


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Subject: RE: Review: Jeff Beck's Australian Tour
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 01:37 PM

Jeff...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yGB6d_3n58&feature=related
'Nuff said...
bob


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Subject: RE: Review: Jeff Beck's Australian Tour
From: bankley
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 01:44 PM

thanks Bob... he'll be at PDA in Montreal next July...


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Subject: RE: Review: Jeff Beck's Australian Tour
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 01:50 PM

Thanks Banks! Cool heads up...bob


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Subject: RE: Review: Jeff Beck's Australian Tour
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 04:16 PM

Jeff doesn't need to mix with pillocks in the audience who doubtless ask stupid questions!!


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Subject: RE: Review: Jeff Beck's Australian Tour
From: Will Fly
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 07:01 PM

Jeff Beck is a unique guitarist - and I say this as one who doesn't care for all his output. One of the things that distinguishes him from many other players is his constant attention to tone, dynamics, volume - from note to note sometimes. His is a constant search for variation. Listen, for example, to "Brush With The Blues" - no two phrases are alike. He is a thinking guitarist. Comparisons are odious, but I personally don't detect this passion in Clapton's playing - though I'm sure some may. With Becks's level of intensity, banal dialogue with the audience is irrelevant.


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Subject: RE: Review: Jeff Beck's Australian Tour
From: GUEST,dc denizen
Date: 25 Jan 09 - 01:38 AM

Thanks so much, all, for posting your reviews of Jeff's Perth show. I'm a Beck fan in Washington, DC USA and have been scouring the internet for the past couple of hours trying to find reviews of this opening show on his tour. This is the only site I've found them on.

Jeff doesn't talk much to his audience. He's a bit reclusive, shy, and maybe even somewhat socially dysfunctional. At every show I've seen of his, he said maybe two words. He lets his guitar do the talking.

Wish I were there to see these shows. Jeff, Tal, and Vinnie are the Dream Team. Check out some of the youtube videos of their performance at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. There's a very tasty one of them playing "People Get Ready" with Joss Stone.


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Subject: RE: Review: Jeff Beck's Australian Tour
From: GUEST,Brien Comerford
Date: 25 Jan 09 - 03:18 PM

Jeff Beck is the best live performer that I've ever witnessed. His guitar virtuosity, eclecticism, riffs and tones are peerless. The fact that he does not talk much to the audience is a virtue. He's all killer no filler.

Off the sage Jeff Beck is an animal loving vegetarian and a hot rod builder. He's a very cool human being.


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Subject: RE: Review: Jeff Beck's Australian Tour
From: GUEST,rabitoh
Date: 29 Jan 09 - 02:06 AM

Bugsy, dude - no offence - but if you went along to that Jeff beck gig and found it 'boring as batshit' then you can't actually be a fan of the guy. Which is all fine, but you really can't blow the guy off as 'boring' if you go to his gig but don't actually know his music.

The guy IS rock music history! And his playing (both technique and feel) was some of the most jaw-dropping I've ever witnessed.

Seriously - guy from Washington looking for reviews - I had a smile a mile-wide for the full 90 mins, and then some. The Perth Concert Hall is drab to look at but it's one of the best venues in the southern hemisphere, both for acoustics and viewing, so the move from original venue (and all purpose sports stadium) to a purpose specific venue was a godsend!

The only thing disappointing was that he didn't do Star Cycle and Scatterbrain. On the upside though he did Blue Wind and a couple off Guitarshop that I wasn't expecting and they were mindblowingly good versions.

I was in the 6th row and I literally can't think of a better gig I've been to - JB was THAT good.


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