Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Jeff Beck On Possible Reunion With Rod Stewart : "It's Sort Of Chapter 2 Of Beck-Ola"

Guitar legend Jeff Beck - who just picked up three Grammys for best rock and pop instrumentals and best pop collaboration for his Emotion & Commotion album - has released 'Rock 'n' Roll Party Honoring Les Paul', a CD and DVD of last summer's rockabilly gig at New York's Iridium Jazz Club.

And as previously reported that, despite old frictions, Beck has recorded songs that may reunite him with Rod Stewart, who handled vocals in The Jeff Beck Group for its seminal albums Truth (1968) and Beck-Ola (1969).

"I cut some tracks and sent them to Rod, and I'm still waiting for a response," Beck tells "Some are originals, and we've got great covers, too. It's sort of Chapter 2 of Beck-Ola. So yeah, ball's in your court, matey."

Stewart, 66, appears to be interested. He and Beck "are making progress and an upcoming project is looking promising," says Arnold Stiefel, Stewart's manager.

The raspy vocalist has avoided rehashing his youth. But the opportunity to conjure that old rock magic may prove tough to resist, says Rolling Stone associate editor Andy Greene.

"This would be a big deal," Greene says. "Consider that when our magazine reviewed the first Led Zeppelin album, they were panned as a poor man's Jeff Beck Group."

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