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Re: Jeff Beck and Jan Hammer in Newcastle...


Well, I went to the gig, and I have to say that I did thoroughly enjoy it.

Jeff Beck was excellent. Just as good was Jan Hammer. This guy does not look like a rock star. He looks like your best mate's dad. He should be putting his feet up, watching Grandstand and reading the weekend supplements from the Guardian.

I didn't recognise all the tracks, as instrumental music often blurs into one with me, but there was a great version of Stratus, with Jeff playing Bolin's old licks with confidence (though I might add, not as good!) and an excellent version of Freeway Jam that was magical.

Jeff makes his guitar playing look very effortless. He really is fabulous at it. Great exponent of the art!

It's clear though, that Jeff is not a people's man. He did not interact with the audience at all. It was more of an occassion to admire, rather than to get involved. The only time he spoke was to introduce his band mates, and even then he mumbled. I'm surprised he is still so shy after all these years.

And Jeff did try to fob me off again. I bought a program for 10 pounds, only to realise that it was just full of pictures. No text whatsoever, apart from a couple of small paragraphs about the band members. What kind of a program is that? Its not as if I fancy Jeff and want umpteen pictures of his beautiful face for my collection. If I wanted to admire Jeff's face, I'd look at his pictures on the web, for free!

Shocking. What a rip off. However, after complaining to my girlfriend about how rubbish the programme was, she snatched it from my hand, went back to the stand, and got me a refund. Girl power!

I did get my own back on Jeff though. I bought a dodgy t-shirt from the guy outside, rather than get ripped off again from the merchandise stalls!

Still, a great night of music. I'll call it quits with Jeff now. He's finally played for me, and impressed. Good stuff!

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Here we combine Theory with Practice: Nothing works and nobody knows why.
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Re: Jeff Beck and Jan Hammer in Newcastle...


quote:

Big J wrote:

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Christos Gatzidis wrote:

So how was the gig then?



I'm sure there's a review making its way to the BBC site right now! emoticon



Not this time! This was very last minute! emoticon

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Here we combine Theory with Practice: Nothing works and nobody knows why.
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Re: Jeff Beck and Jan Hammer in Newcastle...


Sounds like I should have a great time at the rescheduled gig this Thurs at the RAH.

He is supposed to have a full orchestra with him for this gig (at least that was one of the excuses used when he cancelled in Oct, no time to rehearse with them)I shall see.

Glad that you have forgiven him Rahul and I don't think I will be buying a programme either!

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The program was abysmal! So I began this gig even more annoyed at Jeff than ever.

But his playing did bring me round. He was excellent.

Good light show too, although it has to be said, that it wasn't as impressive as Mostly Autumn's! I still can't figure out how they can afford a light show like that! Rich parents?

But take away the animosity I felt for Jeff, take away the light show, and take away the stupid loudmouth who kept on shouting daft things near the front of the stage, and what you are left with is a truly exceptional guitar player.

I'm off to see Vai and Satch on Friday night, so it will be interesting to see how they compare to Beck in the world of instrumental guitar music!

Enjoy the gig! And check out Stratus! I couldn't believe it when that bass started chugging away! One of the greatest bass lines ever! Fabulous track!

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Practice is when everything works and nobody knows why.

Here we combine Theory with Practice: Nothing works and nobody knows why.
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