By GARRETT MONTGOMERY
Iconic guitarist Jeff Beck is scheduled to lead his band to the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston on Tuesday, April 21.
Rolling Stone’s fifth-ranked guitarist of all time, Beck has been leaving a deep imprint on the music scene for more than half a century. He is twice enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—once for his solo work and once with The Yardbirds. The multi-Grammy Award winner is a widely celebrated innovator in the electric guitar world. He plays the whole guitar (sans pick), deftly maneuvering the fret board, controlling the volume and tone knobs, and manipulating the whammy bar.
Throughout his career, Beck has been a major influence in the blues, metal, jazz, and psychedelic sub-genres of rock. Among others, he has played with Les Paul, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, and Roger Waters. His stop in Kingston comes as part of a northeast tour-leg before his band joins ZZ Top for eight shows in the South.
The show is scheduled for 8 p.m. and will be tough to get into at this point, but you can call UPAC’s box office at 845-473-2072 for details about a wait list for tickets.