Jeff Beck passed away earlier this week (January 10) after suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis. He was 78.
Following his death, Billy Joel took to Twitter and said: “I just heard the sad news that the great virtuoso guitarist, Jeff Beck, has died. He was one of my heroes. I was fortunate to meet him recently and I’m very grateful now that I was able to tell him how much I admired his musical skill. This is the end of an era.”
Then, at his monthly show at Madison Square Garden, Joel performed two covers to honour Beck.
“He was a musician that I always loved. He was the best. I couldn’t let the night go by without doing something by Jeff,” said Joel before launching into a rendition of ‘People Get Ready’, which was originally recorded by Beck and Rod Steward for 1985’s ‘Flash’.
At the end of the show, after performing ‘Big Shot’ and ‘You May Be Right’, Joel played The Alabama State Troupers’ ‘Going Down’, which the Jeff Beck Group covered on their self-titled third album.
Jack White took to Instagram to call Beck a “guitar innovator extraordinaire” and shared footage of their 2002 collaboration at London’s Royal Festival Hall, where Beck joined The White Stripes on stage.
“So sensitive, so beautiful, so incredibly creative and unlike anything you’ve ever heard anywhere else. Yes, of course he had his influences too, but he brought an amazing voice to rock music which will never, ever be emulated, or equaled. Jeff was completely and utterly unique, and the kind of musician who’s impossible to define. And I was absolutely in awe of him,” he added.
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