Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp rock fans at Celebrity Theatre

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Jeff Beck & Johnny Depp at Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ on November 1st, 2022

Review and Photos by Fred Kuhlman
Promoter: Danny Zelisko Presents (https://www.dannyzeliskopresents.com/ )
Venue: Celebrity Theatre (https://celebritytheatre.com/ )
Date:  Tuesday November 1st, 2022

Jeff Beck at Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ on November 1st, 2022

I first hear of Jeff Beck when he joined The Yardbirds in 1966 after Eric Clapton left the group.  During his short stay with The Yardbirds, Jeff only recorded 1 album with them, Roger the Engineer.  Later he created the Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart, Nicky Hopkins, Ronnie Wood and Tony Newman.  Jeff is known for his mainly instrumental style, with a focus on innovative sound.  His style spans blues rock, hard rock and jazz-fusion.  Rolling Stone magazine ranks Jeff as one of the top five guitars.  Jeff has won 8 Grammys for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.

Drummer Anika Nilles with Jeff Beck at Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ on November 1st, 2022

I have seen Jeff perform a few times and each time I am amazed by his command of the guitar.  At times his fingers seem to simply glide over the frets as music erupts from his guitar.  Joining Jeff on stage are long time band mates; keyboardist Robert Stevenson, drummer Anika Nilles, and bassist Rhonda Smith.  Anika was just a monster of the drumkit.  She played so hard that she actually broke one of her drumsticks.  Rhonda got to perform a couple of short bass solos during the first part of the show.

Johnny Depp with Jeff Beck at Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ on November 1st, 2022

Jeff and his band performed about the first 10 songs.  Then as they performed “Ramble”, a second guitar started to blended into the song.  Then a flashlight lit the ramp to the stage.  Finally, Johnny Depp walked out.  Johnny then stayed on stage for the rest of the night.

Don’t expect any singing during Jeff’s part of the show.  His band only does instrumental pieces.  However, when Johnny Depp hits the stage, Johnny does sing.

The show was sold out and I guess that about half of the people in the audience were female.  This is unusual for an instrumental concert, but I believe Johnny Depp was the main reason most of the women were there.  Once Johnny hit the stage, a lot of women rushed the stage and attempted to get Johnny’s attention.  Some even put items on the stage for him.  Johnny for his part would smile and wave at the ladies.

Jeff Beck and band at Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ on November 1st, 2022

Some of you might be wondering why was Johnny Depp there, he is an actor.  Like a number of famous actors, Johnny is a very good musician.  He plays guitar with the Hollywood Vampires.  I am not sure how Johnny and Jeff connected, but I have seen Johnny perform before when Jeff came to Phoenix.

The Black Moods at Jeff Beck & Johnny Depp concert at Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ on November 1st, 2022

You can usually tell how well a musician/band is respected by if other musicians show up to see the show.  Tonight, I saw Alice Cooper and his wife at the show.  I also saw The Black Moods there.

If you like instrumental music with a very strong guitar overtone, then I highly recommend seeing this show.  For those of you that want to see Johnny Depp up close then I would also recommend this show.

Selist:
Freeway Jam
Loose Cannon
Midnight Walker
Big Block
Caroline No
You Know You Know
Me and The Devil Blues
Star Cycle
Brush With The Blues
You Never Know
Cause We’re Ended as Lovers
Rumble                                                                (Johnny Depp Joins band)
This is a Song for Miss Hedy Lamarr
Isolation
Time
Venus In Furs
Day In The Life
Corpus Christi Carol
Little Wing
The Death & Resurrection Show

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