Written by Jim Bille
ImageJeff Beck is on the road with his 2015 tour and made a stop at the relatively new Hard Rocksino in Northfield Park, Ohio recently. The venue is inside the casino and holds about 2500 people which appeared to be filled to capacity for the two time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

At 70 years old, Jeff Beck showed little, if any, wear and tear as he crashed the crowd with old and newer numbers from his vast musical catalog that has now spanned close to 50 years.

Beck has been touring with basically the same band for a few years now that includes premier bassist Ronda Smith and Nicolas Meier on guitar as well as jazz influenced drummer Jonathon Joseph. Also added for this tour is soulful vocalist and harmonica player Jimmy Hall, formerly of Wet Willie.

The show started off with “Loaded” from his three song Japanese release from 2014 called Yosogai then followed it up with “Nine” which was blended seamlessly into the first number.

Beck is known to masterfully cover many musical genres and to no surprise his version of “You Know You Know”, an old Mahavishnu Orchestra number ,was brilliantly performed with Beck’s added eclectic styling.

Jeff Beck’s 2010 album Emotion and Commotion garnered much praise when it was released. The highlight of the album was his Grammy winning single “Hammerhead”, which was also one of the many highlights of this show.

As mentioned Jeff Beck’s musical catalog is extensive. The original Jeff Beck Group from the late 1960’s hit the charts with his releases Truth and Beck-O-La. “Morning Dew was one of these original tunes from that era featured during the show with Jimmy Hall taking over the vocal duties.

ImageHall was featured off and on throughout the evening. One standout performance was when Hall and Beck tackled the Sam Cooke classic “A Change Is Gonna Come”. This slow and smooth number was chillingly soulful.

Beck’s version of the Jimi Hendrix standard “Little Wing” was performed stunningly with Hall again featured on vocals.

Moving forward again to 1989 Beck once again showed his musical diversity by performing “Big Block”, from his release Jeff Beck’s Guitar Shop. This raunchy guitar piece is an almost guaranteed number to hear at a Jeff Beck concert and is always a crowd favorite.

This show seemed to touch on most of Beck’s career, from “Superstition” from the Beck, Bogart, Appice days to the last song of the regular set “Going Down” fromĀ  Jeff Beck Group.

With the passing of blues legend BB King the day before, Beck finished his encore set with an incredibly touching tribute to King by performing “The Thrill Is Gone” which once again featured Jimmy Hall with his best vocal performance of the evening.

Jeff Beck’s music can’t be pigeon holed into one or two categories. He has never really recorded two things much alike and continues to stretch the boundaries of guitar playing by consistently exploring new sounds and new ways to deliver them.He continues to raise the bar when it comes to innovative and fresh creativity on guitar. Beck remains the guitar player’s guitar player and shows no sign of slowing down.

Can’t wait to see his next show…I’m sure it will be completely new and different again.