Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton have performed and even toured together several times over the years. One of their most celebrated times together took place at the Secret Policeman’s Other Ball, a benefit show held on September 9, 1981, at the Drury Lane Theatre in London. The show was produced by John Cleese of Monty Python and was eventually released as a film and album.
Beck and Clapton performed several songs together that day, including “Crossroads,” but it’s their rendition of Bobby “Blue” Bland’s “Farther Up the Road” that seems to be the big crowd pleaser, with 1.5 million-plus plays on YouTube. It’s easy to see why. The two guitarists play with enthusiasm and a genuine sense of appreciation for one another’s style.
Backed by bassist Mo Foster and drummer Simon Phillips, Clapton and Beck trade solos, with Clapton on a Strat and Beck playing Seymour Duncan's Telecaster.
Be sure to check out Clapton’s expression during Beck’s solo, as well as his body language around the 2:30 mark, where he clearly shows how impressed he is.