Jeff Beck, Eric Johnson Bring Killer Ax-Work to Les Paul’s Club

Interview by Jeffrey Burke

June 3 (Bloomberg) — Two vegetarian guitar gods on the far side of the AARP watershed age are hitting New York in the same week and place, thanks to the legacy of ax-master Les Paul.

On Saturday, Eric Johnson, 55, starts a three-day stand at Iridium, the small Manhattan club where Paul, who died last August at 94, had a Monday-night residency for 13 years. Jeff Beck, 65 and another eschewer of meat, comes to the club June 8- 9 to mount what he calls a “rockabilly party” for Paul, whose birthday is June 9.

Beck has filled his down time building sports cars. He owns about 16, which have overflowed a barn he had constructed for them. He has also been restoring the 1591 Tudor mansion where he lives in Sussex about an hour from London.

“It’s nice to see something emerge that was covered up by three or four hundred years of changing styles and taste,” Beck said in a phone interview. He enjoys the company of his two dogs, and the estate’s 80 acres are also home to goats, sheep and peacocks.

Beck, a five-time Grammy winner, is one of the trinity of early British guitar heroes, along with Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, who played with the Yardbirds in the 1960s.

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