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The tours which followed through the mid-1970s did more than feed Beck’s ego, however.
They also pinpointed a musical direction he had never seriously considered, one in which the instrumentation was the star, and the instrumentalists were simply the vehicles which carried it to the stage. And once he was joined by Dutch percussion genius Jan Hammer, early into the Wired sessions, suddenly the sky was the limit.
Even today, a decade after its release, Who Else! is an astonishingly contemporary-sounding record, the kind of disc that, had it come spinning out at us from among the wunderkind godheads of modern techno (whoever they may be in these dark and faceless days), would be held up as one of the sonic achievements of the age.
The year’s-end release of Five Live Yardbirds coincided with The Yardbirds’ most prestigious outing yet — a place on the bill for The Beatles’ Christmas concerts at the Hammersmith Odeon. Backstage, The Yardbirds came face to face with their immediate future, in the form of a quietly spoken young Mancunian named Graham Gouldman, who had written a song he thought they might like.
In 2004, Rodgers was invited to close the first Annual U.K. Music Hall of Fame Awards show with “All Right Now.” Having just played the song on “The Strat Pack” DVD, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster, with Brian May, Rodgers called May to see about performing the song again at the awards show.
Slowly, though REO Speedwagon was getting little traction through its self-titled release, guitarist Gary Richrath was beginning to emerge as a major guitar force. Guitar magazines were starting to feature him and his sort of muscular blending of English blues-rock licks with a flashier, more modern technique.