Jeff Beck fans who missed his stellar performance on Aug. 10, 2016 in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl can finally check out the star-studded action on Oct. 6 when the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer releases “Live at the Hollywood Bowl” in multiple formats via Eagle Rock. The special concert celebrated the eight-time Grammy winner's storied five decade career as one of rock's most gifted and influential lead guitar players with the help of legendary peers like Buddy Guy, Billy Gibbons and Steven Tyler along with prog-rocker Jan Hammer, Wet Willie frontman Jimmy Hall and and blues-rocker Beth Hart.
The concert opens appropriately with the iconic British rocker showcasing the song “The Revolution Will Be Televised” from his latest studio album Louder Hailer. The elder statesman displays his continued relevance, firing off sizzling guitar chops and oozing rock star cool alongside members of the fledgling U.K. band Bones, who backed the guitar virtuoso on the 2016 release.
Beck then returns to his early roots, performing a pair of classics from his brief tenure with British blues-rock pioneers The Yardbirds. Hall handles lead vocals on the Yardbirds' singles “Over Under Sideways Down” and “For Your Love.”
A trio of songs follow from Beck's first two solo albums, including a pair of tracks from his 1968 debut release Truth and one from his 1969 sophomore release Beck-ola. His innovative soundscape on “Beck's Bolero” still electrifies 50 years on and is followed by a brief but fierce workout on a two-song medley, including the instrumental “Rice Pudding” with Hall returning to handle ex-Jeff Beck Group frontman Rod Stewart's lead vocal chores on “Morning Dew.”
Longtime Beck collaborator Hammer adds his adept keyboard skills on the soaring “Freeway Jam” and funk-rocker “You'll Never Know,” followed by the exquisite Blow By Blow classic “'Cause We've Ended As Lovers” and a trio of late 70s – 80s era instrumentals, culminating with a fiery workout on 1989's “Big Block.”
Hart takes over the microphone to deliver a soul-stirring version of blues standard “I'd Rather Be Blind”with blues legend Guy teaming with Beck on lead vocals and guitar to trade licks on a rollicking cover of Jeff Beck Group's “Let Me Love You.”
Following another pair of tracks from Louder Hailer, the show hits the home stretch with Beck reprising his guest artist treatment with Gibbons on ZZ Top's 2016 single “Rough Boy.” Tyler steps into the spotlight on lead vocals, formidably strutting his way and turning up the juice on The Yardbirds' “Train Kept A-Rollin'” and “Shapes of Things.”
The night ends with Beck offering a master class on guitar interpretation, performing a breathtaking instrumental cover of The Beatles' “Sgt. Pepper's” classic “A Day in the Life” with Bones, Hall and Tyler returning to back Hart on lead vocals for the night's encore, - an emotional and gutwrenching performance of “Purple Rain” as a tribute to the late great Prince.