Beck, Rodgers, Wilson: Their Recording Regrets

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Rodgers and Wilson at Live Nation’s National Concert Week media day event in NYC, April 30, 2018 (Photo: Greg Brodsky)

Back on Jan. 30, classic rock legends Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers announced the “Stars Align Tour,” their co-headlining summer outing with Ann Wilson of Heart.

At Live Nation’s 2018 National Concert Week press event on April 30, the three together talked to the media about their tour.

Beck at the April 30, 2018 media event (Photo: Greg Brodsky)

Best Classic Bands asked the trio which artists, no longer with us, they regret not having collaborated with onstage or on a recording.

Wilson is recording a tribute albumImmortal, where she covers songs from many artists – Tom Petty and Amy Winehouse among them – who have died in recent years. Her immediate answer: “Bowie.”

Rodgers’ answer: “I would say Otis Redding but I’m really not worthy, to be honest. When I was a teenager, I listened to him and the way he sang really touched me and made me become a singer.”

“Jimi,” said Beck. After a moment, he added: “I could go on… Muddy Waters, for example. Why did he have to die?”

To which Wilson added: “And then you go to make an album like I’m making and you kind of go… when do we lock down who we’re gonna put on the album because somebody else dies.”

The three stars are in awe of each others’ “gifts.” When they were asked how they complement each other, Beck joked: “Oh, nice shirt!” Then he got serious: “We’re all lovers of the blues, for a start. It’s indelible in what we do. These two [Rodgers and Wilson] have a list of gifts as long as your arm and I have… none at all.”

To which Rodgers interrupted: “Oh, I beg to differ!  Jeff, you’re in a league of your own. You’re a wizard.”

Produced by Live Nation, the outing kicks off July 18 and will stop in cities across the U.S. and Canada.

Stars Align Tour Dates (Tickets are available here)

Jul 18 – West Valley City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
Jul 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Five Point Amphitheatre
Jul 21 – Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theater (Jeff Beck Solo)
Jul 22 – Chula Vista, CA – Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Jul 24 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
Jul 25 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Jul 26 – Austin, TX – Moody Theater (Jeff Beck Solo)
Jul 28 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Jul 29 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Jul 31 – Clarkston, MI -DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug 01 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Aug 03 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Aug 04 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
Aug 05 – York, PA – Appell Center (Jeff Beck Solo)
Aug 07 – Lewiston, NY – Art Park (Jeff Beck, Ann Wilson)
Aug 08 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Aug 10 – Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Aug 11 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Hall (Jeff Beck, Ann Wilson)
Aug 12 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug 14 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Aug 15 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre (Jeff Beck Solo)
Aug 17 – Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium
Aug 19 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Aug 20 – Vienna, VA – Wolftrap (Jeff Beck, Ann Wilson)
Aug 22 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Aug 23 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
Aug 25 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Aug 26 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

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