Keith Urban Pens Emotional Tribute To Late Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Jeff Beck

Keith Urban: “It’s impossible to label or frame his gift, his music, his ART, or to try and quantify his impact on now only guitarists.”

Keith Urban is mourning the loss of Jeff Beck, an influential rock guitarist and musician. 

The legend unexpectedly died Tuesday ( Jan. 10) after battling a horrific case of bacterial meningitis. He was 78. A family representative announced the devastating news late Wednesday evening on Beck’s official social media accounts. 

“On behalf of his family, it is with deep and profound sadness that we share the news of Jeff Beck’s passing,” said the statement. “After suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis, he peacefully passed away yesterday. His family asks for privacy while they process this tremendous loss.” 

Beck passed in a hospital near his estate in southern England. The esteemed instrumentalist broke into the entertainment industry in the ‘60s, when he replaced Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds – an English band that became pioneers in psychedelic rock. It wasn’t long until Beck pursued his own venture and created The Jeff Beck Group, comprised of Rod Stewart and Ron Wood. 

The hitmaker was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 with the Yardbirds. However, he was acknowledged again in 2009 for his solo work as an artist. Beck was a musical risk-taker, as his 1968 single “I Ain’t Superstitious,” “Truth,” and many more proved that he wasn’t afraid to experiment in the studio. The performer struck a delicate balance between rock, funk, and pop. The innovative sound not only scored the vocalist eight GRAMMY Awards, but also kick-started a rocker revolution. 

The country sensation, best known for his electrifying guitar skills, jumped on social media (Jan. 11) to share a touching tribute to the talented man that strongly inspired his artistry. 

“I was shocked and saddened to hear that Jeff Beck has ‘portaled into the next realm,’” wrote Urban. “It’s impossible to label or frame his gift, his music, his ART, or to try and quantify his impact on now only guitarists, but all kinds of musicians, singers and music lovers all over the world.” 

The “Somebody Like You” singer continued to reflect on a precious moment he spent with Beck and how he felt watching him under the spotlight. 

“He’s absolutely one of the few faces on the Mt. Rushmore off-guitar players, and I am SO grateful to my friend Scott Bradoka for inviting me to come to see Jeff play last September,” said Urban. “We stood side stage with Billy Gibbons, watching Jeff cast the spell that only he could – with nothing more than a Strat, some pedals, a couple of amps, and his ‘otherworldly talent.’ God bless you, Jeff. Thank you for your light. RIP Brother,” he concluded. 

The sentimental snapshot featured Urban sandwiched between Beck and Gibbons at a concert. Music enthusiasts rushed to the comments to share their heartwarming condolences and applaud Urban for his wise words. 

“So beautifully said. He certainly was one of the greats,” shared a follower. “It’s always sad to see the great musicians go. He’s rocking it out in heaven now,” added another. 

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