Jeff Beck Denies He's Working With Rod Stewart
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 10.11.2013
Legendary guitarist opens up about his new sound and more...
Jeff Beck recently spoke with Billboard about his upcoming album and more. Check out the highlights:
On his new musical styles: "I've never had a rhythm guitarist on stage with me, but (Meier) is more than that. He has a Turkish style, a Middle Eastern flavor, and we're writing stuff with that and trying to probe the depths of some Turkish scales just to do something different. I'm trying to absorb some of the more interesting movements that are available in some Middle Eastern music. And Ireland is another place with powerful, emotional melodies."
On the demo for their a new song, "Yemin": "[It] enables me to play my style wedged into those (Middle Eastern) scales, so in one song you've got two fairly strong elements there. I can do gymnastics with a Stratocaster; that's part of the reason Nicolas wrote this. It's a chance of a lifetime, really, to have someone like him and Lizzie Ball on violin, 'cause the violin adds a very unique sound to rock 'n' roll."
On planning to work in earnest following his tour with Brian Wilson ends: "It's going to take time. Not recording it; it's the gathering and the writing and the arranging, that's what takes the time. Once you've done that, open up the studio and let's go. It shouldn't take that long -- but I've got to get on with it!"
On rumors that he's doing something with Rod Stewart: "He doesn't sound the same. The timbre of his voice has changed, and therefore there's no point in trying to do 'Truth 2' or anything like that. He should've called me 25 years ago for that, or when I did 'People Get Ready' with him (in 1985) would've been a good time. But his manager didn't want that. I don't think he wants to lose his boy back into my evil clutches, so that never happened."