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Jeff Beck, Paul Rodgers and Ann Wilson at The Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

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Jeff Beck, Paul Rodgers and Ann Wilson
The Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
The Stars Align Tour
Wantagh, NY
August 14, 2018

Jeff Beck, IS the "Master of the Stratocaster." He is rock royalty. A two-time inductee into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame, with Yardbirds (in 1992) and as a solo performer (in 2009), Beck's career has spanned over 50 years.

In 1965, beck replaced Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds. Although his stay in the band was short, it was memorable. During Beck's tenure, the Yardbirds released the classic hit singles "Heart Full of Soul," "I'm A Man," "Shapes of Things" and "Over Under Sideways Down." After leaving that band, Beck formed the Jeff Beck Group which featured Rod Stewart on vocals and Ronnie Wood on rhythm guitar and bass. This group released two classic albums for Epic Records, Truth in 1968 and Beck-Ola in 1969. The group disbanded later in 1969. Beck evenmtually reformed the band with a completely different lineup and released the Epic Records albums Rough and Ready (1971) and Jeff Beck Group (1972). In 1973, Beck along with Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice formed Beck, Bogert & Appice. The group signed to Epic Records and in 1973 released two albums—the eponymously named debut album and Live In Japan.

After Beck, Bogert & Appice broke-up, the guitarslinger went solo. He released the hit instrumental album Blow By Blow (Epic Records, 1975). It reached number 4 on the Billboard 200 and has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. In 1976, he released Wired (Epic Records). This second solo release reached number 16 on the Billboard charts and also received Platinum certification.

The majority of Beck's solo music is instrumental in nature. His innovative sound melds and fuses blues, rock, pop, jazz, a bit of metal and a touch of electronica. He has been voted among the Top 5 in Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time") and has won multiple Grammy Awards.

Paul Rodgers first achieved fame as the lead singer of Free. In 1970, Free reached the Top 5 of the Billboard singles chart with "All Right Now." After the dissolution of Free in 1971, Rodgers formed the short-lived three-piece band Peace. After Peace, Rodgers along with Mick Ralphs (former guitarist of Mott the Hoople) formed Bad Company. The lineup also included Rodgers' band mate from Free, drummer Simon Kirke, as well as Boz Burrell, the former vocalist and bassist of King Crimson.

Bad Company was the first act signed to Led Zeppelin's Swan Song record label. The band achieved its greatest success between 1973 and 1982. Its biggest hits included: "Feel Like Makin' Love," "Can't Get Enough," "Shooting Star," "Bad Company" and "Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy." Rodgers left in 1982 at the height of the band's fame. At the time he stated that he wanted to spend more time with his family. During Rodgers' original Bad Company tenure, the band earned six platinum albums. In 2001 he returned to the band only to leave again a few years later. He would leave and return a number of times over the years.

During the '80s and '90s, Rodgers released a number of solo albums and teamed up with Jimmy Page in the Firm. The Firm released two albums, The Firm (1985) and Mean Business (1986) on Atlantic Records. The Firm's hits included "Radioactive," "Satisfaction Guaranteed" and "All The King's Horses." The Law, was Rodgers' 1991 musical venture featuring former the Who and Faces drummer Kenney Jones. Its self-titled album (Atlantic Records, 1991), featured the Billboard number one AOR chart hit "Laying Down the Law." In 1993, Rodgers released the Grammy-nominated solo CD Muddy Water Blues: A Tribute to Muddy Waters (Victory Music).

In the early 2000s, Rodgers continued to release solo albums and tour. In 2006 it was announced that Queen + Paul Rodgers would begin producing a new studio album. Throughout its career the band completed two world tours, issued The Cosmos Rocks (Hollowood Records, 2008), and released two live albums and three live DVDs. When Rodgers left the band, it was stated that it was never meant to be a permanent thing. He returned to Bad Company in 2008 for a one-night only performance that was released on DVD. This evolved into a full tour in 2009. In the ensuing years, Rodgers has continued to work with Bad Company and as a solo artist.

Ann Wilson is best-known as the lead singer and songwriter of the classic rock band Heart. Many consider her as one of the greatest female vocalists in the history of rock music. Heart was formed in the early '70s by Wilson and her guitarist sister Nancy. During the band's long history, it has had a number of different lineups—the only constant being the Wilson sisters. The band reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Albums Chart numerous times during its career. Heart was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame in 2013.


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