Jeff Beck, guitarist extraordinaire and rock icon, who recently captured three more Grammy Awards at the 2011 ceremony in Los Angeles, announces the launch of a fall Canadian tour starting on October 12th in Halifax, Nova Scotia and finishing on October 27th in Vancouver.
In addition, four U.S. dates are scheduled for the great Northwest immediately following the Canadian portion, starting in Seattle on October 28th and wrapping up in the wine country of Napa on November 1st.
It has been quite a remarkable two years for the legendary artist, starting with his second induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2009 where Beck joined a very elite group of double inductees. Following in January 2010, Beck made a jaw-dropping Grammy appearance with the Irish singing sensation, Imelda May, in a duet of the Les Paul classic, “How High the Moon”, a tribute to Beck’s hero. In early February 2010, Beck joined Eric Clapton for an exclusive, limited string of co-headlining dates in the UK, New York and Canada.
In what is easily one of the most anticipated reunions of the current decade, Beck and Rod Stewart are currently working towards what hopes to become a new album.
As an 8-time Grammy Award winner, Jeff Beck is one of the UK’s leading artists and one of the most influential lead guitarists in rock history. His playing style continues to break new ground and reflects the eclectic musical mix that is his trademark. His live shows and virtuoso solos have become something of legend and the list of musicians he plays with similarly reflects his commitment to the best of the best.
Throughout his career, Beck has been credited with finding and launching the careers of some of the most exciting new artists on the musical landscape. Adding to his early find of Rod Stewart as singer of the Jeff Beck Group in the 70’s, his recent multiple performances with Imelda May at The Grammy’s and the Tribute to Les Paul at the Iridium, with subsequent U.S. tour, have brought the singer to the U.S. public’s attention, front and center. He has collaborated with Grammy-Award winning singer Imogen Heap and UK sensation Joss Stone on various albums. Over the last few years he has performed alongside singers Kelly Clarkson and Joss Stone on the most-watched U.S. television series to date, American Idol. In an exciting recent development, Beck’s eye for new talent has brought him together in collaboration with New Orleans jazz-sensation Trombone Shorty, combining their talents for a roof raising performance at this year’s Jazz Festival and on a track to be featured on Shorty’s new album.
His latest studio album, Emotion & Commotion, was nominated for five Grammy awards last year, making him the most nominated rock artist of 2010. Beck went on to win Best Rock Instrumental Performance for “Hammerhead” and Best Pop Instrumental performance for “Nessun Dorma”, both from Emotion & Commotion, marking only the second time an artist has won Grammys in both of these categories in the same year. The first time was in 2006 by guitar legend and Beck mentor Les Paul. Beck also won for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for “Imagine,” his collaboration with Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No. 1 & Oumou Sangare.
In June 2010, Beck paid fitting tribute to his mentor, the great Les Paul, celebrating what would have been the pioneering guitarist’s 95th birthday, by playing his friend’s music, along with classic tunes from the era, in the same Times Square nightclub that Paul played every Monday for 14 years before his death in August 2009. During the celebration, Beck was joined on-stage at the Iridium Jazz Club by The Imelda May Band, along with other guest performers Brian Setzer, Gary “U.S.” Bonds, and Trombone Shorty.
In the Fall 2011, Jeff Beck and his band of Jason Rebello, Rhonda Smith, and Narada Michael Walden will embark on a 15-date tour, with the first 11 shows in Canada.
October 12 Halifax, NS Halifax Metro Centre
October 13 Moncton, NB The Centre
October 15 Montreal, QC Place des Arts
October 16 Ottawa, ON National Arts Centre
October 18 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
October 19 Kitchener, ON Centre in the Square
October 21 Thunder Bay, ON PAC
October 22 Winnipeg, MB Pantages Playhouse Theatre
October 24 Calgary, AB EPCOR CENTRE’s Jack Singer Concert Hall
October 25 Edmonton, AB Winspear Centre
October 27 Vancouver, BC The Centre
October 28 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre
October 29 Portland, OR Schnitzer Theatre
October 31 Santa Rosa, CA Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
November 1 Napa, CA Uptown Theatre
For more information on Jeff Beck, please visit www.jeffbeck.com.