Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jeff Beck: 11/21/1989


I have to admit that this show holds a special place in my heart and this is one of my prized stubs. That’s because this was the only time that I saw either of these amazing guitar gods, and I saw them together! It was a mind-blowing concert. Also, the great Stevie Ray was to die tragically in a helicopter crash less than a year after this show. He was 35. A huge loss for music.

Each of the guitarists performed a full set on their own. As a guitarist, it’s hard to convey just how inspiring it was to see these legends on stage. I kept fluctuating between intense inspiration, wanting to do nothing but practice guitar 12 hours a day, and utter dismay, feeling like I will never come close to the skill and talent that each of these musicians possessed.

To close the night, Stevie and Jeff came onstage together and performed “Going Down,” swapping off licks and leaving everyone awestruck.

Jeff Beck still performs. If you ever get a chance to see him, I highly recommend doing so. He is one of the guitar greats, right up there with Clapton and Page.

I did a quick search on YouTube and found a video of Beck and Vaughan performing together. It was from the same tour that I saw, but a different show. Anyway, I figured I would include it, just to give an idea of how great this was. Camera work is a little shaky in the beginning, but then it stabilizes. Watch it till the end. You will not be disappointed.

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