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Beck Honors Paul

12:01 PM Friday 5/7/10 |   |

Jeff Beck will honor the late Les Paul with two shows at New York City’s famed Iridium Jazz Club June 8-9.

  • Jeff Beck

    Madison Square Garden, New York City
    February 18, 2010

    (Greg Allen / GregAllenPhotos.com)

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Like many guitar slingers, Beck cites Paul as one of his major influences. As the years went by the two axe men became friends, with Paul often acting as a mentor to the Brit guitarist.

“When I first heard Les Paul playing ‘How High The Moon,’ I thought, man, that’s what I want my sound to be like,” Beck said. “Now, here I am years later and he’s still a powerful influence in all that I do.”

The venue for Beck’s tribute shows to Paul also has a history with the late guitarist. Paul played weekly at Iridium for 12 years and gigged there just days before his death in August 2009 at the age of 94. The club has been presenting special Monday evenings dedicated to Paul and featuring guitarists representing different genres and styles with 20 percent of the proceeds going to the Les Paul Foundation.

Presented by the Iridium and Gibson Guitar, Beck will be joined on stage by The Imelda May Band – the same band Beck performed with when he played “How High The Moon” at the 2010 Grammy Awards.

  • Les Paul

    Iridium Jazz Club, New York City.
    February 26, 2007

    (AP Photo)

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Tickets will be made available through exclusive promotions with radio, retail, print and online media partners. For more info, click here for the Jeff Beck website, here for the Iridium Jazz Club site, here for the official Les Paul website and here for the Les Paul Foundation.


Comments

  1. HoosierDaddy? wrote:

    01:06 PM, May 08, 2010

    This is a real two-fer! Beck is a legend for a reason and Imelda May and her band are gonna be. Hey Pollstar! Can you help a music fan out and give away some tickets?

  2. Studebaker Hawk wrote:

    01:28 PM, May 07, 2010

     go Jeff go! Cool if a few other Les fans also performed like Steve Howe or a million others.



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