They were the biggest duo to hit Japan since Godzilla and Mothra, and now comes word guitar giants Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck are going to rock together again in 2010. The pair announced today they'll take the stage at London's O2 Arena on February 13th, 2010 at a joint concert that promises to be epic. As Rolling Stone reported earlier this year, Beck and Clapton shared the bill together for the first time in their careers at a pair of concerts in Japan in February. The duo had previously performed together during festival shows, but hadn't actually shared the bill. And now that they're moving geographically closer to the States, rumors that they'll bring the joint show to the U.S. in 2010 are ramping up.
"I've always considered Jeff Beck to be one of the finest guitar players around. He's a friend, a great guy, and a truly gifted musician. We had such a fun time in Japan that it seemed natural to play together again," Clapton said in a statement today. Added Beck, "Eric and I played together in Japan earlier this year and had a blast. Since then we have been in regular contact and talked about doing a similar show for our fans. Looking forward to the show in 2010."
Both Clapton and Beck will perform a set of their own music before converging onstage for a set together, and a press release promises their joint set will be longer than the ones performed at the Japan shows. Beck is only a select number of artists inducted into the Rock Hall twice — for his solo career and his work with the Yardbirds — while Clapton is the lone musician who appears three times in the Rock Hall: as a member of both Cream and the Yardbirds and as a solo artist. While both Clapton and Beck were both members of the Yardbirds, the two never performed together in the band: It was Beck that replaced Clapton when he left the group.
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