In the Fender Guitars clip below, head into the studio with the legendary Jeff Beck as he discusses the magic of discovering new songs, the appeal of vintage music. He also performs Link Wray’s once-banned track “Rumble” on the new American Vintage II 1957 Stratocaster.
Link Wray & His Ray Men released “Rumble” on March 31, 1958, as a single. The instrumental was banned in several U.S. radio markets because the term “rumble” was a slang term for a gang fight, and it was feared that the piece’s “harsh sound” glorified juvenile delinquency. The record is the only instrumental single ever banned from radio in the United States.
Learn more about American Vintage II here.
Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp recently sat down for a SiriusXM Town Hall Special hosted by Stevie Van Zandt, on SiriusXM’s Underground Garage, where they talked about their new music, being on the road together and answered questions from subscribers SiriusXM.
During the exclusive town hall at SiriusXM Studios in New York, Beck and Depp shared a glimpse into their unique friendship and the making of their collaborative studio album, 18.
In the video below, Beck recalls a funny memory of being treated coldly by the Beach Boys, specifically Brian Wilson.
Johnny Depp is currently with Jeff Beck on his North American tour. All shows are on sale now with VIP packages also available here. The full itinerary is below with all dates subject to change.
The duo will spotlight songs from their new musical collaboration, 18, and will team up with Beck’s current band (bassist Rhonda Smith, drummer Anika Nilles and keyboardist Robert Stevenson) to perform a long series of selected tracks throughout throughout Beck’s iconic career.
Beck and Depp’s 13-track album 18 debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard Top Albums and Top Current Albums charts, marking the first top 10 for Beck and Depp on the 31-year-old Top Album Sales chart. The set is available on CD and digitally, with a 180-gram black vinyl version coming September 30. Northern Europe, Italy and France – including a stop at the venerable Montreux Jazz Festival.
Jeff Beck found a kindred spirit in Johnny Depp when the two met in 2016. They quickly bonded over cars and guitars and spent most of their time together trying to make each other laugh. At the same time, Beck’s appreciation grew for Depp’s serious songwriting skills and ear for music. This talent and their chemistry convinced Beck that they should make an album together.
Depp agreed and they started in 2019. Over the next three years they recorded a mix of Depp originals as well as a wide range of covers that touch on everything from Celtic to Motown to the Beach Boys and Killing Joke. “We were going to call the album ‘Kitchen Sink’ because we put everything into it,” the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer laughed. “The only game plan we had was to play songs we love and see where they take us.”
Beck is universally recognized as one of the most talented and important guitarists in the world and has played alongside some of the greatest artists in rock, blues and jazz. In his stellar music career spanning more than 50 years, he’s won an incredible eight Grammy Awards, was listed by Rolling Stone as one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and has been inducted twice into Rock & Roll Hall. of Fame. – once as a member of the Yardbirds and again as a solo artist. In the summer of 2016, the guitar virtuoso celebrated five decades of music with an extraordinary concert at the famed Hollywood Bowl with special guests including Buddy Guy, Steven Tyler, Beth Hart, Billy F. Gibbons and Jan Hammer.