Jeff Beck/Rhonda Smith

Great musicians in Locarno!

Just listen to the music and read the article if you like.

The other day I saw Jeff Beck and Rhonda Smith, two powerful muscicians, in a concert in Locarno and was fascinated by them. They were the opening group of ZZ Top and I had never heard of them before and, therefore, wrongly thought that they were less good than the main stars, but I liked them even better.

In the meantime I’ve tried to find out more about Jeff  and Rhonda and saw that in the sixties, when he was hardly twenty, he even substituted Eric Clapton in the famous band “Yardbirds”. Jeff Beck seems to be one of the best guitarists worldwide. He is English or more precisely from Surrey and 66 years old.

Much of Beck’s recorded output has been instrumental, with a focus on innovative sounds and his releases have spanned Genres ranging from  blues-rock, heavy metal, jazz fusion and most recently, an additional blend of guitar-rock and electronica. Beck has earned wide critical praise; furthermore, he has received the the Grammy Award for the best Instrumental Performance five times. Although he has had two hit albums (in 1975 and 1976) as a solo act, Beck has not been able to establish and maintain a broad following or the sustained Commerce of many of his collaborators and bandmates.

About Jeff’s temperament

Stories about Beck’s temper began to circulate early on in his career. His perfection, coupled with the faulty equipment often in use during the 1960s, led to many stories about his willingness to take out frustrations on his equipment] The 1966 movie BLOWUP contains a scene where the Yardbirds perform “Stroll On” and Beck becomes so enraged by equipment problems that he smashes his guitar.

About Rhonda

She also is a very gifted musician and not only plays the bass in a technically brilliant way, but her voice provoked goose pimples in me. Rhonda is also a songwriter and worked with the legendary PRINCE. She plays the bass because of her brother who brought the instrument home when she was a girl and told her not to touch it. Rhonda was born in Halivax, Nova Scotia, the oldest black community in Canada. She plays blues-rock, jazz/funk and electrified funk and I don’t now what else!

Vocabulary explanations in German and Italian

1. wrongly(adv.) = erroneamente= fälschlicherweise (Adjektiv=wrong=erroneo=falsch)

2. worldwide= in tutto il mondo = weltweit

3. output = la produzione =  die Produktion

4. recently= ultimamente= unlängst

5. although= benche- obwohl (congiunzione/Konjunktion)

6. bandmates = colleghi di gruppoBandkollegen

7. willingness= la volontàder Wille

8. goose pimples=la  pelle d’oca=die  Gänsehaut

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