How do you find something new to say about Jeff Beck, who has been playing for over 40 years, has been inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame twice (once with the Yardbirds and once as a solo artist), was picked by Rolling Stone as the 5th greatest guitarist in the world and is listed as one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.
His performance at the St. Augustine Amphitheater Friday night was stellar and with as much energy, emotion and enthusiasm as he had in his earlier years…does the man never age? He started his set with Loaded, setting the tone for the evening with his magnificent riffs and getting the packed house up and on their feet. During the electric You Know You Know, each member of the group played a solo to thunderous applause – Tal Wilkenfed showed off her amazing fret work and syncopation on the bass and Jonathan Joseph created magic on his drums.
Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie fame joined Jeff Beck on stage for Morning Dew, followed by an incredible rendition of A Change is Gonna Come, hitting fabulous high notes while he took the crowd to church with him, which earned him the first of several standing ovations of the evening. Jimmy Hall also treated us to his wonderful harmonica melodies during the cover of Little Wing.
Jeff Beck came back to center stage to show off his incredible fingering during Superstition while the audience sang along and danced in the aisles. The more mellow, melodic side of his guitar was evident during A Day In the Life, a fabulous tribute to the Beatles, and one that had the crowd begging for more. Jimmy Hall rejoined the group for more harmonica playing and incredible vocals during Rollin and Tumbling, and the entire group ended the set with the fantastic Going Down with the entire packed house on its feet.
It was a night of pure guitar mastery with Jeff Beck.