Jeff Beck at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago

by Tony Stec

It’s funny to think that guitar heroes have their own guitar heroes. But for Jeff Beck, this was a throwback show; homage to some of his old favorites. For the days leading up to this concert, I really had no idea what to expect. All I knew was that he’s a legend and I needed to be there to witness it for myself.

jeff beck guitar chicagoBeck’s resume is arguably one of the most impressive in the business. Throughout his illustrious career, he seems to have glided effortlessly from genre to genre — Rock, Jazz, Pop, Virtuoso and many in between. This show was a tribute, of sorts, to Les Paul — one of every guitar hero’s heroes — and consisted mainly of songs from the Rockabilly era of the 40’s and 50’s. It’s not my favorite genre in the world but the band was absolutely great. And Beck got his; including some classic Chuck Berry-esque guitar solos, while he mainly stayed true to the three-to-four minute formats of the originals. Train Kept a Rollin’ was a definite highlight early on. Then, about three-quarters of the way in, Beck came out with his signature white Strat and dazzled the crowd with some virtuoso themed compositions. To this day, no one does the whammy bar quite like Jeff Beck.

Jeff Beck Chicago StratI’m sure you can find critics out there who did not approve of the tribute format of the show. What we need to remember, though, is that all great musicians were influenced by those who came before them. This is what has always perpetuated music and kept things fresh. Overall, Beck put together a solid show that offered nostalgia and some incredible guitar licks worthy of inspiring the next guitar hero.

All I want to know is, When’s he coming back?

Tony Stec is a life-long music addict who takes in dozens of shows every year. He also wants to know when Willie Nelson is coming back.

Set List:

1.  Baby Let’s Play House
2.  Double Talking Baby
3.  Cruising
4.  Train Kept a Rollin’
5.  Poor Boy Blues
6.  Cry Me a River
7.  My Baby Left Me/That’s Alright
8.  How High the Moon
9.  Sitting on Top of the World
10.  Bye Bye Blues
11.  The World is Waiting for the Sunrise
12.  Vaya con Dios
13.  Mockin’ Bird Hill
14.  Tiger Rag
15.  Peter Gunn
16.  Rocking is Our Business
17.  Apache
18.  Sleep Walk
19.  Please Mr. Jailer
20.  Castin’ My Spell (On You)
21.  The Girl Can’t Help It
22.  Rock Around the Clock

Encore:
23.  Remember (Walking in the Sand)
24.  Hound Dog
25.  Up Above My Head
26.  Danny Boy