JEFF BECK: Touring With Wilson Wasn’t Fun, Fun, Fun
When Jeff Beck toured last year with Brian Wilson, he didn’t exactly have fun, fun, fun. As a matter of fact, Beck says it was “a bit of a nightmare.”
The tour came about after Wilson brought Beck into the studio to play on some new songs, which have yet to be released. Then, Brian’s camp asked Beck to help plug the tour by doing press and that’s where the problems started. Beck says, “They wanted me to spend the whole afternoon doing promo to prop up the ticket sales. So we did this meet-and-greet stuff, where audiences pay good money to watch rehearsals, which robbed me of the afternoon nap. I ended up in Chicago University Hospital having an endoscopy –- and they still had me playing the next night. It was a bit blood and guts, but I’d fallen in love with the idea of playing with Brian Wilson.”
As for his relationship with Wilson, Beck says, “He doesn’t speak. He’s clearly in need of attention –- but that’s just my opinion.”
Beck starts a European tour next Tuesday in England.