Jeff Beck Receives Living Legend Award, Reveals New Band
Former Yardbird Jeff Beck was in Camden, England, Wednesday night (Nov. 9) to accept the 2011 Living Legend Award during the seventh annual Orange Amplification Classic Rock Roll of Honour ceremony, and he kept his feet firmly planted in the present, performing a set of covers that included a version of Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance.'
Roger Taylor of Queen was there to present the award to Beck at the ceremony, which was held at the Roundhouse. Prior to performing with his band to celebrate the honor, Beck admitted to that even as a longtime professional, he was nervous.
“Are you kidding? [Laughs] Yeah, I'm shaking right now ... I'm just camouflaging it very well," he told Reuters. "If I didn't have to play, I'd be having a really wonderful time, but I have to get my head together before playing.”
He had commented previously on the award, saying that he was "very honored" to receive the recognition and he said "it means someone is out there looking at what I am doing, which is really nice."
Kiss frontman Gene Simmons hosted the evening, which also saw Steve Winwood take home the Union Maestro Award. Other winners on the night included Foo Fighters, the Who and Queen, who landed Reissue of the Year honors.
For his performance, Beck was joined on stage by guests Chrissie Hynde, who performed the Pretenders staple 'I'll Stand By You,' and Joss Stone who, sang 'I Put A Spell On You' from Beck's Grammy Award-winning album 'Emotion & Commotion.'
Beck took advantage of the special occasion to debut a new band, featuring bassist Rhonda Smith, who has been touring with Beck for the past two years, and Beck's latest addition, drummer Veronica Bellino, whom he discovered on Youtube.
Searching for “something different,” Beck came across Bellino and got in touch with her immediately. She's been participating in the writing process for Beck's next studio album and he revealed that he'll return to the studio this week to officially begin work on the forthcoming effort, which is expected to be released in 2012.
Watch a video recap of the big night here.