By: Gary Graff
Jeff Beck says he'd like to collaborate with Rod Stewart again, but he puts the blame squarely on Stewart for lack of progress in that regard.
Stewart was famously the singer in the first Jeff Beck Group lineup during 1968-69, and Beck played on Stewart's 1984 album "Camouflage," while Stewart sang the Impressions' "People Get Ready" for Beck's 1985 album "Flash."
Beck tells us he hoped those two mid-80s projects would have led to more collaborations, but it was not to be:
"His manager didn't want that. I don't think he wants to lose his boy back into my evil clutches, so that never happened...And just when you're about to embark on a tour you get the call -- 'Hey, what's going on?' He's got to focus, and I've already done 11 demos for him, and he said they were in the wrong key. So there's the commitment; he didn't even tell me which key to do these tracks. But I don't want to be sour grapes; he prefers football, and maybe that's the problem."
Beck is currently on tour with Brian Wilson and recently contributed guitar parts to the Beach Boys mastermind's next album. He's also planning to start work on his own new studio album after the tour wraps on October 30.
Stewart, meanwhile, is on the road with Steve Winwood opening until October 26, and will then return to his residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on November 6.
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