Jeff Beck is Mourned By Fellow Rock Legends

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Jeff Beck at a press event in New York, April 30, 2018 (Photo © Greg Brodsky; used with permission)

When news broke of the passing of Jeff Beck, on January 10, 2023, at age 78, his fellow rock legends including former bandmates and classic rock guitar greats took to social media to mourn the loss of their friend. Many described him as their “hero” and “inspiration.”

His former bandmates Jimmy Page, Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart all shared their admiration for their friend, as did such fellow guitarists as David Gilmour, Dave Davies, Chrissie Hynde, Brian May, Steve Hackett and many others.

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Beck and Wood’s fellow bandmate, Rod Stewart, also shared his sorrow. “You were the greatest, my man.

Dave Davies of The Kinks referenced his decision to attend one of Beck’s 2022 concerts.

From Paul McCartney: “I was so saddened to hear that Jeff Beck had died. Jeff was a lovely man with a wicked sense of humour who played some of the best guitar music ever to come out of Great Britain. He was a superb technician and could strip down his guitar and put it back together again in time for the show.

“His unique style of playing was something that no one could match, and I will always remember the great times we had together. He would come over to dinner at our place or he and his wife, Sandra, would host an evening at their house.

“Jeff had immaculate taste in most things and was an expert at rebuilding his collection of cars. His no nonsense attitude to the music business was always so refreshing and I will cherish forever the moments we spent together.

“Jeff Beck has left the building and it is a lonelier place without him. God bless Jeff and his family.
Love, Paul”

Graham Gouldman, who wrote the Yardbirds’ hits, “For Your Love” and “Heart Full of Soul,” told Best Classic Bands, “Jeff Beck was simply the best guitarist in the world. We will never see or hear his like again. I’m proud to have been associated with him. May his dear soul rest in peace.”

Jeff Beck and Graham Gouldman

ZZ Top were frequent touring partners of Beck, including several 2022 shows.

Watch them share the stage on Sept. 25, 2022

From Steve Winwood: “Jeff Beck was a brilliant and unique musician who managed to sustain his presence as an outstanding guitarist throughout all of his career, from the mid-sixties to the present time. His guitar style utilised many differing techniques and styles. He was a leader and an innovator, and he will be sadly missed.”

From Robert Plant: “This is tragic news. Hard to take in. Jeff always appeared timeless, ever evolving. He embraced project after project with limitless energy and enthusiasm. He surfaced in an extraordinary time…he took his place side by side with the virtuosos of the period …his mates…

“The scene was on fire, he introduced a cool template moving from Yardbird to Bolero to Truth, Beck Ola with Rod the perfect foil…the singer and guitarist syndrome…plenty of sparks…great results…

“He cooked up magic through all the passing eras, always up for the next, unknown, unlikely collision, back in time to homage Cliff Gallup, forward to Johnny Depp.

“His gift was enormous. He was funny, challenging and eager. My feelings are with Sandra today.”

From Nancy Wilson: Jeff Beck inspired so much of my life as a musician. Heart opened for him back in the day and standing side stage every night was like taking dictation from the ultimate rock muse.
We saw him playing various shows along the way and never walked away less than mind blown.
There will never be another rock musician who will come even close to his genius.
Rest in rock power.
Long live the king! 🌟👑🌟

From Genesis’ longtime lead guitarist, Steve Hackett…

Stevie Wonder met Beck in the early ’70s. “He was a great soul who did great music,” Wonder told the Detroit Free Press. “I’m glad that I was able to meet him and have him in my life, giving some of his gift to my music.” Beck performed on Wonder’s “Lookin’ For Another Pure Love” from the Talking Book album.

“When I heard it today, it was emotional for me because I could remember the moment,” Wonder told the Free Press. “There’s just something about music. I know for you, as a fan, songs take you back to a space in time — you’re right there, right then. The same thing happens for us as writers and singers.”

The pair memorably performed “Superstition” at the 2009 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

U2’s The Edge wrote, “Jeff Beck was punk rock before punk existed and one of the most inventive guitar players of all time. He set a very high bar for all of us who followed. His legend will live on.”

Related: Our obituary of Jeff Beck

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  1. Muddywatersmann
    #1 Muddywatersmann 12 January, 2023, 00:35

    I look forward to every night getting email from this site, but headline re Jeff being mourned, filled me with confusion: what? Mourn Jeff Beck?
    My mind kinda went crazy! How can this be? Jeff never seemed to physically age, Friends and I would see him on tv and would remark
    ‘MY GOD, HE STILL LOOKS THE SAME! Like a young man! And such a great musician…This is like a gut punch, impossible to grasp, shocking, and bewildering and profoundly sad and profoundly confusing…

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  2. M. Bloomfield
    #2 M. Bloomfield 12 January, 2023, 00:42

    I am numb just finding out that Jeff Beck has passed. You have ripped through some riffs like Jeffs Boogie and tantalized us with Train Kept A Rolling. I knew you but didn’t I wanted so bad to be a Yardbird in some facet. God bless Jeff Beck

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  3. Bo
    #3 Bo 12 January, 2023, 01:43

    Another genius died. I am sorry.. I join all of you in sadness you feel. Take good care of yourself. Great talent..I will miss his new music he will not play. Bozena

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  4. Baybluesman
    #4 Baybluesman 12 January, 2023, 15:45

    It is unquestionably revealing that so many of the (remaining) greatest living guitarists express such tribute to Jeff Beck.

    Jeff Beck was revered by his fellow guitarists/peers, as well as his loyal fans, throughout his unbelievably productive lifetime as well.

    (In no particular order)
    Jeff Beck, Rory Gallagher, Johnny Winter, Duane Allman, Roy Buchanan, B.B. King, Gary Moore, Jimi Hendrix, Alvin Lee, Frank Zappa, Jerry Garcia, Prince, Albert Collins, Hughie Thomasson, J. Geils, Randy Rhoads, Eddie Van Halen, Rod Price…to name a few.
    The list of great guitarists/legends is getting shorter and shorter…..

    Rest In Piece, Jeff Beck – your distinct music, and instrumental style, will far outlive all of us – but thanking Providence that your work is preserved in our recorded media.

    You have always been, since “Truth” came out, been in my personal Top Five.

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