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Jeff Beck is remembered by Mick Jagger, Gene Simmons, Rod Stewart

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Following the announcement of English rock guitarist Jeff Beck’s death on Wednesday, musicians and celebrities took to social media to remember the artist and his storied career. Among them, Gene Simmons, Mick Jagger and Rod Stewart expressed their condolences and praise for the “individually brilliant” guitar maven.

Beck died Tuesday after contracting bacterial meningitis, according to an official statement obtained by diversity and posted on his social media account. He was 78.

In a Twitter post, Stewart thanked Beck for being “one of the few guitarists who would actually listen and respond to me when playing live. Jeff, you were the best, my man. Thank you for everything.” Stewart was the vocalist for the Jeff Beck Group, a lineup that musically saw the band actually stay together for two years.

Jagger posted a recording of him and Beck sharing the stage for a performance of “Commit a Crime” at the White House in 2012. “We have lost a wonderful man and one of the world’s greatest guitarists,” he wrote.

Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi described Beck as “a phenomenally iconic, genius guitar player” in his post. The two shared prime real estate on Ozzy Osbourne’s last album, “Patient Number 9” (2022), which received several nominations for the 2023 Grammy Awards, including nods for Iommi and Beck in the Best Metal Performance and Rock Performance categories.

“There will never be another Jeff Beck,” the note concludes.

Gene Simmons wrote on Twitter, “Heartbreaking news to report of the late, great Jeff Back, sadly passed away.” “No one played guitar like Jeff. Please grab the first two Jeff Beck Group albums and see the greatness,” he said, referring to Beck’s 1968 debut “Truth” and its successor, 1969’s “Beck-Ola.”

In an interview with Music Radar in 2017, Simmons was asked to list tracks that “blow his mind” and “truth”: “Even before Led Zeppelin and Cream, Beck took the blues and turned up the volume. But it was just decibels. No; Beck was pushing the envelope in all directions. Delicate little jazz licks that caught you off guard… Sophisticated, nuanced tunes.”

He also told the publication that it’s the album he plays “before I go on stage. Even if it is released today, it will get your attention.

Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet described Beck as “an absolute god of the guitar… the greatest player of all genres, from rock to soul to jazz”.

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