jimmydanger wrote:Beck is boring? I've seen him many times and he is amazing live. I would guess that if you think he's boring, you're boring.
Hendrix tried to do the big show thing, playing with his teeth and behind his back, but it backfired on him and people then expected the theatrics at every show. Meanwhile, Jimi grew tired of being a circus chimp and wanted to focus on his music. Ever see Band of Gypsys (the film)? He just stood there and played, no show at all. But it was too late, and he died an unhappy man because of it.
I saw the British Invasion Tour in 1983 with Clapton, Beck, and Page. At the time, I had been a Zep fan and a Beck fan for many years. Clapton, not so much...I like him in Cream and in Derek and the Dominoes but that's about it. I expected Jeff Beck to mop the floors on both Page and Clapton.
Clapton opened and was more entertaining than I had seen him before. Beck came out and stood like bump on a log for an hour. His playing was flawless, but in an arena setting it put everyone to sleep after Clapton had pretty much been motionless also. He even looked a bit scared on the arena stage.
Page came out and shook his hip and pandemonium ensued. He was definitely sloppier than the other 2, but a whole lot more fun and exciting for the audience.
It seems like there should be more to guitar playing than how fast you can move your fingers, but I do love Beck's fusion CDs. BLow by Blow is one of my all-time favorites. Didn't every guitarist try to learn "Because We've Ended As Lovers"?
So I'm not disparaging his talent...just saying his live show was disappointing when compared to Clapton (who bores me even more) and Page.