Watch Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, Eric Clapton & Gary Clark Jr. Honor Jeff Beck With ‘People Get Ready’
The Curtis Mayfield cover was the penultimate song played on night one of A Tribute To Jeff Beck, a two-night concert event in London.
By Scott Bernstein May 23, 2023 • 12:57 pm PDT
When Jeff Beck put together the Jeff Beck Group in 1967 after leaving the Yardbirds, he recruited a then virtually unknown Rod Stewart as vocalist and Ronnie Wood as rhythm guitarist. So it should come as no surprise that Eric Clapton called upon the pair to honor the late guitarist by appearing at A Tribute To Jeff Beck, a two-night all-star concert event at London’s Royal Albert Hall that started on Monday and concludes tonight.
Jeff Beck broke up the iteration of the Jeff Beck Group featuring Stewart and Wood in 1968. Rod reconnected with Jeff in 1983 as they swapped guest spots on each other’s albums. Stewart sang on a cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready” that was released on Jeff Beck’s Flash album in 1985. Rod reprised the role as the penultimate song at last night’s Jeff Beck tribute concert. The vocalist was accompanied by Wood, Clapton, Eric’s band and guitarist Gary Clark Jr.
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“Jeff did me a favor and played on [Stewart’s 1984 album] Infatuation and he asked me to sing what I think is the greatest civil rights song ever written,” Rod Stewart told the crowd of the tune originally released by the Impressions in 1965 adding, “Written by Curtis Mayfield, ‘People Get Ready.'” Clark Jr. shined in reprising the lick Beck composed for his version of the song and sharing vocal duties at Stewart’s prompting.
See fan-shot footage of “People Get Ready” from last night’s tribute below:
Clapton organized A Tribute To Jeff Beck and put together an incredible lineup for the first night. Guests included Susan Tedeschi, Kirk Hammett, Robert Randolph, Derek Trucks, Johnny Depp, Joss Stone and many others. The show was split into three sets with a total of 26 songs associated with Beck performed.
Setlist (via Where’s Eric)
Set One: Blue Rainbow (Eric Clapton, EC Band), Shapes Of Things (Eric Clapton, Doyle Bramhall, EC Band), Heart Full Of Soul (Eric Clapton, Doyle Bramhall, EC Band), Wee Wee Baby (Eric Clapton, EC Band), Little Brown Bird (Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, EC Band), Done Somebody Wrong (Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, EC Band), The Sky Is Crying (Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, EC Band), Beck’s Bolero (Eric Clapton, Doyle Bramhall, Ronnie Wood, EC Band)
Set Two: Elegy For Dunkirk (Olivia Safe, Robert Randolph, Jeff Beck Band), Isolation (Johnny Depp, Kirk Hammett, Billy Gibbons, Jeff Beck Band), Walkin’ In The Sand (Johnny Depp, Imelda May, Ronnie Wood, Jeff Beck Band), Goodbye Porkpie Hat (Derek Trucks, Chris Stainton, Jeff Beck Band), You Know You Know (John McLaughlin, Jeff Beck Band), Stratus (John McLaughlin, Jeff Beck Band), Rough Boy (Billy Gibbons, Jeff Beck Band), Rice Pudding (Billy Gibbons, Ronnie Wood, Chris Stainton, Jeff Beck Band), Train Kept A Rollin’ (Johnny Depp, Kirk Hammett, Ronnie Wood, Billy Gibbons, Imelda May, Jeff Beck Band)
Set Three: Freeway Jam (Robert Randolph, Doyle Bramhall, EC Band), I Put A Spell On You (Eric Clapton, Joss Stone, Robert Randolph, EC Band), ‘Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers (Eric Clapton, Gary Clark, Jr., EC Band), Let Me Love You (Eric Clapton, Gary Clark, Jr., EC Band), Infatuation (Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, EC Band), Rock My Plimsoul (Rock Me Baby) (Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, EC Band), I Ain’t Superstitious (Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Gary Clark, Jr., EC Band), People Get Ready (Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Gary Clark, Jr., EC Band), Going Down (Everyone)
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