Guitar legend Jeff Beck played in Peoria, threw his dinner across the room

English guitarist Jeff Beck is considered one of the best ax men 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 then as a solo artist (2009). He ranked fifth on Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list.

Among other songs, the Yardbirds are remembered for the hit “Heart Full of Soul”, with Beck’s guitar memorably mimicking a sitar.

In Peoria, Beck is called back for a somewhat subdued performance and lively encounter with a catfish dinner.

An advertisement in the Journal Star for the Fleetwood Mac/Jeff Beck show at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheater in 1976.

On Friday, June 25, 1976, Beck and the Jan Hammer Band performed as the opening act for a concert at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheater. Fleetwood Mac was the headliner.

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“Most of the crowd came to see Fleetwood Mac and just used Jeff Beck’s opening to warm up and finish socializing” before the main act, read a Journal Star review the following day. “Jeff Beck was kind of a disappointment at first,” the story continued. “The band started rolling towards the end of their set, however, and Beck’s flashing guitar more than lived up to its usual surreal rock high quality by the end of their performance.”

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