Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck

Nils Lofgren

Sat, July 21, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Celebrity Theatre

Phoenix, AZ

$179, $95, $55, $35

This event is all ages

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Jeff Beck
Jeff Beck
Jeff Beck has never been shy about speaking his mind through his music. For more than 50 years, the Grammy-winning guitarist has expanded rock’s sonic vocabulary with an inventive style of playing that defies categorization.

With LOUD HAILER, Beck’s first new album in six years, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer shifts gears once again for an album packed with topical lyrics that touch upon his concerns about the future. Loud hailer — another name for a megaphone — is the perfect symbol for the 11 tracks.

“I really wanted to make a statement about some of the nasty things I see going on in the world — greed, lies, injustice — and I loved the idea of being at a rally and using this loud device to shout my point of view.”

To help him write LOUD HAILER, Beck enlisted two young women — guitarist Carmen Vandenberg and singer Rosie Bones. It was a chance meeting with Vandenberg last year at a birthday party for Queen drummer Roger Taylor that eventually led to the trio’s collaboration.

“She invited me to one of their shows, and I was blown away,” the guitarist recalls. “When we got together in January, I explained the subject matter I had in mind, we sat down by the fire with a crate of Prosecco and got right to it. The songs came together very quickly; five in three days.”

Beck recorded most of LOUD HAILER at home and produced it with Filippo Cimatti, who also Vandenberg and Bones. In addition to the core trio, the album also features drummer Davide Sollazzi and bassist Giovanni Pallotti, who were both recruited by Cimatti.

The album’s roots, Beck explains, reach back to September 11, 2001. In particular, the plight of the “Jersey Girls,” four women who lost their husbands in the attacks and were instrumental in the creation of the 9/11 Commission.

“These women wanted answers, but were given none, which I found shocking and appalling,” the guitarist says. “I told Rosie about their fight to find the truth and she came up with ‘Ballad Of The Jersey Wives.’ That creative process repeated itself for most of the songs on the album. All credit to Rosie — she was able to bring these different ideas to life.”

Beck says he enjoyed his new role as lyrical director. “You can set the mood with an instrumental, but you can’t really tell a story. That’s not what you would expect to hear from someone who once remarked, ‘Good riddance to singers.’ But the truth is, I play better when I play off the lyrics in a song.”

A sense of outrage comes through loud and clear on the first single, “Live In The Dark,” as well as “Right Now,” which targets superficiality in pop culture. Beck adds: “I think Rosie says it all with the line, ‘Famously famous for nothing at all.’ Unfortunately, that’s where we are today.”

Anger may be the over-arching theme, but one of the album’s biggest strengths is its musical ebb and flow. Beck says: “It’s a careful balance of extremes that define the album: dark and light, heavy and tender.”

The mix ranges from the ethereal instrumental “Edna” and the country-tinged “Shrine,” to the greasy funk of “O.I.L.,” which includes a wicked slide solo played on a oil can guitar; a gift from ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons. But there are also several ballads, “Shame” (inspired by 1950s doo-wop) and “Scared For The Children,” in which Beck pays tribute to Jimi Hendrix with a moving solo. The guitarist adds: “I can’t help it; Jimi is forever in my blood.”

In many ways, Beck says LOUD HAILER is his most honest album. “Lyrically, I set the mood and subject matter. And musically, I used fewer electronic gadgets than ever before. It’s mostly just me playing through a Marshall head or a Fender Champ. What you hear on the album is what you’ll hear live in concert.”

In addition to recording LOUD HAILER, Beck also wrote, BECK01 (Genesis Publications, This signed, limited edition book explores Beck’s passions for hot rods and rock ’n’ roll. Hand-bound in leather and aluminum, the book features more than 400 rare and unpublished photos. Narrated by Beck, BECK01 is the definitive visual and historical record for this dynamic musician.

The trailblazing guitarist has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice. He entered as a member of the Yardbirds in 1992 and as a solo artist in 2009. Beck has earned a total of eight Grammy Awards — including for his previous album Emotion and Commotion and has recorded with everyone from Stevie Wonder and Buddy Guy to Tina Turner and Mick Jagger. He is widely regarded by his peers and fans as one of the greatest guitarists of all time thanks to his ability to make the impossible sound effortless.
Nils Lofgren
Nils Lofgren
Turned professional at 17. Began early recordings with various bands including Crystal Mesh, The Shot, Paul Dowell & The Dolphin

Joined NEIL YOUNG's band at age 17, played piano, guitar and sang on the acclaimed platinum album "After The Gold Rush"

Continued recording career with the band "GRIN" in 1971 with the release of the self-titled "GRIN" album on Spindizzy/Columbia. Followed in 1972 with the second release by GRIN entitled "1+1", which included the top 40 hit "WHITE LIES".
Recorded four albums with Grin from 1971 through 1974.Began recording as a solo artist for A&M Records in 1975 with the release of "NILS LOFGREN". This album featured the songs "Back It Up" and "Keith Don't Go".

1972 joined CRAZY HORSE to record classic first album, the only one with Danny Whitten.

Played on NEIL YOUNG's "TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT" album released in 1973. Toured extensively throughout the world with Neil to promote the album.

Released "CRY TOUGH" on A&M Records in 1976. Released "I CAME TO DANCE" In 1977. Toured worldwide throughout 1976 and 1977.

Released the Double Live Album "NIGHT AFTER NIGHT" in 1978.

Released "NILS" album in 1979, which contained the European top 40 hit "Shine Silently".

Released "NIGHT FADES AWAY" on MCA in 1981. Subsequent world tour followed.

Played on NEIL YOUNG's "TRANS" album released in 1983. Did the world tour with Neil for "TRANS" and appeared on the video movie made of the tour, titled "BERLIN".

Released "WONDERLAND" on MCA in 1983.

Joined BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN'S E STREET BAND as guitarist in May of 1984. Played over 150 shows worldwide on the BORN IN THE USA Tour. Recorded the "TUNNEL OF LOVE" album, released in 1988. Played on the "TUNNEL OF LOVE" and "AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL" world tours with BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN during 1988. Recorded the "BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN LIVE" album and appeared in numerous Springsteen videos. Currently guitarist in the "E STREET BAND".

Released the solo album "FLIP" on Columbia in 1985, which contained the Top 40 European hit "SECRETS IN THE STREET", video for the single was aired on MTV and VH-1..

Joined RINGO STARR'S ALL STARR BAND in 1989 for the World Tour and resulting live album and video.

Released the album "SILVER LINING" on Rykodisc during 1991. Included the Top 40 AOR Track 'VALENTINE". Appeared on the TONITE SHOW, DAVID LETTERMAN, MTV. Played over 100 shows in 12 countries during 1991.
Released 'CROOKED LINE" album on Rykodisc during 1992. Contained the song "BLUE SKIES", associated video was produced and aired on VH-1.

Joined RINGO STARR and THE ALL STARR BAND for 1992 Second World Tour. Live album released during fall of 1993.

Played with NEIL YOUNG on the MTV UNPLUGGED SPECIAL, February 1993, which was shown throughout the world, and subsequently released as a live CD in the summer of 1993. CD achieved platinum status.

Recorded soundtrack for the movie "EVERYBREATH" in 1993.
Played on the PBS Special "THE BEATLES SONGBOOK" which also featured Dr. John, Los Lobos and Cathy Mattea. Recorded in January 1993.
Recorded with Branford Marsalis in July 1993 for Branford's 1994 release entitled "BUCKSHOT LeFONQUE" on Columbia Records.

Released soundtrack CD for the movie "EVERYBREATH" in February 1994 on Stampede Records. Movie released in June 1994 on Columbia/Tristar.
Musical Director for ABC's PAULA POUNDSTONE Show in early 1990's. Played with CAB CALLOWAY.

1991-1996 Musical Director for the CableAce Awards

1995 Released 'DAMAGED GOODS" on Pure Records

1997 Released 'ACOUSTIC LIVE" on Right Stuff, Capitol Records

1997-1999 Continued extensive acoustic and electric tours

1999-2000 World Tour with BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND, appeared on HBO Special recorded during the tour. Double CD, Video and DVD released 2001.

April 2001 song "BLACK BOOKS" from Acoustic Live album appears in HBO hit show THE SOPRANOS
Venue Information:
Celebrity Theatre
440 N 32nd Street
Phoenix, AZ, 85008