Billy Joel paid tribute to the late Jeff Beck at his New York live performance on Friday (13.01.23) night time.
The ‘Uptown Woman’ hitmaker remembered the guitarist – who died of meningitis final Tuesday (10.01.23) aged 78 – as “the most effective” earlier than overlaying his and Rod Stewart’s tune ‘Folks Get Prepared’ from the late guitarist’s 1985 album ‘Flash’.
In video footage from the Madison Sq. Backyard present uploaded to YouTube, Billy sat at his piano and informed the gang: “He was a musician who I at all times cherished. He was the most effective.
“Jeff Beck simply handed away… I could not let the night time go by with out doing one thing by Jeff.
“This can be a recording he did with Rod Stewart, referred to as ‘Folks Get Prepared.'”
And earlier than the top of the gig, Billy, 73, and his band spontaneously determined to carry out ‘Going Down’ by Alabama State Troupers, which was lined by the Jeff Beck Group on their epnymous 1972 album.
The ‘Piano Man’ hitmaker quipped: “We should always have rehearsed this at present.”
Numerous different musicians have paid tribute to Jeff and his legacy within the wake of his passing.
Queen guitarist Brian Might wrote on Instagram: “Gutted, so unhappy, to listen to of Jeff’s passing.
“He was the Guv’nor. He was inimitable, irreplaceable – absolutely the pinnacle of guitar enjoying. And a rattling fantastic human being.
“I am certain I’ll have loads to say, however proper now…. Simply misplaced for phrases.”
Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne additionally had form phrases for the late star, who he labored with on final yr’s album ‘Affected person Quantity 9’.
He tweeted: “I can’t categorical how saddened I’m to listen to of @JeffBeckMusic’s passing. What a horrible loss for his household, pals [and] his many followers.
“It was such an honor to have recognized Jeff [and] an unbelievable honor to have had him play on my most up-to-date album, #PatientNumber9. Lengthy stay #JeffBeck”
Ozzy’s Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi added: “Jeff was such a pleasant particular person and an excellent iconic, genius guitar participant – there’ll by no means be one other Jeff Beck.”
And The Rolling Stones icon Sir Mick Jagger wrote: “With the loss of life of Jeff Beck we’ve got misplaced a beautiful man and one of many best guitar gamers on the planet. We’ll all miss him a lot.”