For their 25th anniversary, the Kulturinitiative Rock engaged Jeff Beck to celebrate the occasion with a concert. The 72-year old legendary guitarist has been affiliated twice by the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, he was awarded with eight Grammys and Rolling Stone magazine rated him among the best 100 guitarists of all times.
Back in 1965 the Yardbirds were looking for a guitarist to replace Eric Clapton and came across Jeff Beck. For some time he played there together with Jimmy Page before he started his own band with Rod Steward on vocals and Ron Wood on bass. After a few internal discrepancies, the band decided to split and Jeff went on to further his career as a solo artist. He released one instrumental album after the other and played for artists like Stevie Wonder, Bon Jovi, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Roger Waters and many others.
“Loud Hailer”, his first studio album after six years he released with singer Rosie Bones and female guitarist Carmen Vandenberg of British band Bones. Together they came to Germany to perform only two concerts. The band also consisted of singer Jimmy Hall, female bass player Rhonda Smith and drummer Jonathan Joseph.
Berthold Blocher and the team of PML Veranstaltungstechnik, who are very familiar with the acoustical conditions in the Salierhalle in Winterbach, were summoned to take care of the PA system. 8 x VERA36 were flown on each side of the stage and 12 x VERA S33 subwoofers were placed in front of the stage as subarray. 6 x VERA20 were used as frontfills. Smaart Version 7 was used to align the entire system.
It came as no surprise that the concert was sold out shortly after the tickets came on sale. Jeff Beck delivered a super show for a fantastic audience. The team of the Kulturinitiative Rock has been very pleased with the outcome and the success of the show.