Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart eye radical blues album

Fri Mar 4, 2011 1:15pm EST
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By Dean Goodman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Guitarist Jeff Beck wants to make one more mind-blowing album with Rod Stewart before the singer becomes a fixture on the Las Vegas Strip.

The British rockers, both 66, recently discussed collaborating for the first time in more than 25 years, with hopes that the resulting project would pick up where their groundbreaking blues work from the late 1960s left off.

Beck recently told Reuters there is "some mileage" to be had in a reunion project that radically reworks old tunes by the likes of Muddy Waters and Elmore James.

But the ball's in Stewart's court.

"It all depends on how he delivers. He's gotta come across big-time, vocally," said Beck, who was confident Stewart still has the goods. "But until the fat lady -- uh -- the skinny geezer sings!"

The two old comrades met up in Los Angeles just before Christmas and excitedly laid the groundwork. Stewart the stadium crowd-pleaser would reclaim his title as the rightful successor of Sam Cooke, and Beck the infamous perfectionist would supply a powerful musical foundation of different keys and riffs.

Does Beck plan to rock the world Led Zeppelin-style?

"Oh we're gonna do that," Beck said without missing a beat. "It won't even see the light of day unless it does."   Continued...