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English guitarist Jeff Beck is considered one of the best ax players in rock. Beck, who died Tuesday at the age of 78, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame not once but twice, first as a member of the Yardbirds (1992) and second as a solo artist (2009). He was ranked fifth in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

Among other songs, the Yardbirds are remembered for the hit “Heart Full of Soul,” in which Beck’s guitar memorably mimics the sitar.

In Peoria, Beck is remembered for a somewhat understated performance and a heated encounter with a catfish dinner.

Journal Star ad for a 1976 Fleetwood Mac/Jeff Beck show at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheater.

On Friday, June 25, 1976, Beck and the Jan Hammer Band opened for a concert at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheater. Fleetwood Mac headlined.

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“Most of the crowd had come to see Fleetwood Mac and just used Jeff Beck’s opening to warm up and finish the camaraderie,” before the main act, read a Journal Star review the next day. “Jeff Beck was disappointing at first,” the story continued. “However, the band began to roll towards the end of their set, and Beck’s blazing guitar was more than his usual high quality surreal rock by the end of their set.”


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