Guitar superstar


The most restlessly innovative of all the '60s rock guitar gods was Jimi Hendrix. Second: Jeff Beck. He hit the scene in '66 as guitarist for The Yardbirds (playing on hits like "Shapes of Things" and "Heart Full of Soul"), then abruptly left the following year. The edgy Jeff Beck Group, featuring vocalist Rod Stewart, lasted until '71, and that's when Beck really kicked his sonic explorations into high gear. He's always been as much interested in pure sound as notes, scales and such — and as a result, his six-string work takes on a cinematic array of emotions. By the mid '70s, Beck was one of the main guitar-slingers in jazz-rock fusion; over the years, he's never been content to rest on laurels. I couldn't find any info on his band for this tour, but the hunch is that it'll be small, sans vocals, and feature guitar, guitar, guitar. Wed., Sept. 6, 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater, $35-$75, 727-791-7400,

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Eric Snider

Eric Snider is the dean of Bay area music critics. He started in the early 1980s as one of the founding members of Music magazine, a free bi-monthly. He was the pop music critic for the then-St. Petersburg Times from ‘87-’93. Snider was the music critic, arts editor and senior editor of Weekly Planet/Creative...
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