Jeff Beck: "I'd play with the Rolling Stones"

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Legendary guitarist (Doctor) Jeff Beck has told BBC 6 Music that he would still love to play with the Rolling Stones at some point.

Speaking to Matt Everitt, Beck responded to the question "Would you join them on stage?" by saying:

"Yeah, I would. I've just put my foot well into it, but I would, it would have to be a blues [number], or something that could show what I can do. I love them, who doesn't? Even 'her highness' up front…"

Beck's clearly got The Stones on his mind, revealing earlier in the same interview that his one regret was not joining the band following Mick Taylor's departure in 1974.

"I would have loved to have been a Rolling Stone," Beck told the Beeb. "But the thought would have been better than the act, I think - the fantasy of it. I don't think I would have lasted, number one. I don't think, musically, they were on the same path.

"I wouldn't have had 'Blow By Blow', which has kept me as a solo artist… I'd have just been a member of the Rolling Stones. The biggest band in the world - how bad is that? If you can be someone on your own, then that temptation's there. I guess it's the ego thing - to have your own name on the ticket."

Jeff Beck is due to receive the Living Legend award at the upcoming Classic Rock Awards.

Matthew Parker

Matt is a freelance journalist who has spent the last decade interviewing musicians for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.