Monday, April 13, 2009

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Metallica, and Jeff Beck

So Sunday night when I was so damn tired after not sleeping hardly at all the night before, and then having to get up at 5 am for work, I found a rerun of the inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It was aired on Fuse, a music channel my cable TV provider carries that is much better than MTV. I had heard that Metallica and Jeff Beck were being inducted this year so I was happy that I fell upon the re-broadcast of this show. Jeff Beck was inducted earlier, but not as an individual. He was inducted as a member of The Yardbirds. So it was about time that he was inducted as an individual for his sweet guitar work as a guitarist.

Metallica was long overdue for their induction and it was cool that they included Jason Newstead, who no longer is a member of Metallica. Robert Trujillo replaced him a few years ago. The ceremony was awesome, and I'll touch briefly on the highlights.

Jeff Beck was inducted by the legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. After the induction, both Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page did an awesome live jam session playing Kashmir, an old Zeppelin tune. It was an extended jam that Jimmy kind of stood back and played rhythm guitar while letting inductee Jeff Beck take the lead guitar duties and the spotlight. Wow! That's all I can say. If you like guitar, you missed out if you did not see this.

The night ended with Metallica's induction. They were inducted by the bass player Flea, from The Red Hot Chili Peppers. After the induction of Metallica there was an all-star rendition of Train Kept a Rollin'. This all-star band included of course the members of Metallica, James Hetfield on vocals and guitar, Kirk Hammet on guitar, Robert Trujillo and Jason Newstead on bass, and Lars Ulrich on drums. Others in the jam session included Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers on bass, Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin on guitar, Jeff Beck on guitar, and Joe Perry from Aerosmith on guitar.

A great night for Rock & Roll and I was very glad that I watched it.



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