01 Oh Yeah?
02 Sister Andrea (Mahavishnu Orchestra Song)
03 Country Eastern Music
04 Darkness ~ Earth in search of a Sun (entrance of
05 Earth (Still Our Only Home)
06 Freeway Jam
08 Diamond Dust
09 Full Moon Boogie
10 You Know What I Mean
11 Blue Wind
12 Train Kept A Rollin'
13 Led Boots
Jeff Beck: (guitar), Jan Hammer:
Fernando Saunders: (bass), Steve Kindler: (violin),
Tony Smith: (drums)
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One of the coolest rock evenings I ever had by
Special evenings don't come often but
when they do you remember them forever.
I was lucky to have friends on the road
crew for Boston who was one of the bands
opening up for Jeff Beck & the Jan
Hammer Group. I got to the
Providence Civic Center in the afternoon
and my friend Michael Hill got me
backstage. I was hanging out helping a
bit as they set up the stage. Afterwards
I walked around the empty arena which
felt strange without an audience.
Suddenly I heard Jeff Beck on stage
doing his sound check so I grabbed a
seat on the floor and just took in a
private little show for around 20
minutes or so. Its Jeff Beck...the
man! Well after the sound check
was over I got up and was ready to walk
backstage when suddenly I see Jeff
walking towards the sound booth that was
in the middle of the arena. I said
to myself shit! Jeff Beck is
walking towards me. I gotta say
something. I waited for him to finish
talking to his sound man and then he
turned around and said hello to me.
I smiled and said hi. Jeff. My
mind was racing. Here stood one of my
heroes and what can I say that might not
sound too stupid and boring. Well
since I was a teenager I decided to talk
guitar stuff and asked Jeff why he
switched from playing Gibson Les Paul
guitars to the Fender Strats he was
playing now. He smiled and said
"well I loved playing Les Paul's but the
neck on the guitar kept braking".
"Oh", I said, "I see. I didn't
know. That's cool!" I hope you
have a great show tonight". Beck
smiled, said "thanks!" and went
A few hours later, the audience filed
in and Heart ("Dreamboat Annie" 1st
tour) came on. They were good but
I didn't stay around to watch the whole
set. I was backstage in Boston's
dressing room with my friends when all
of a sudden the door opened and Joe "fuckin"
Perry walked in looking like a true rock
star. My mouth dropped and Joe
said hello to everyone and told the guys
from Boston (Tom Scholz) "Have a
great show tonight." Joe turned
around and walked out the door. I
was still in shocked (and high) and
thought that was so cool.
Well Boston came on and I was allowed on stage to watch them. They too were on
their 1st tour and Tom Scholz was great. The band wasn't yet totally tight
but they put on a good show with great classic Boston songs. As I was up
on stage I noticed Jeff Beck walking around in the back and he had this cool
70's velvet dark blue jacket with jeans. I said to myself this guy looks amazing!
and very hip.
After Boston's set I helped move some of the equipment off stage so they could
get the equipment ready for Jeff Beck.
Half hour later the lights went down and the Jan Hammer Group took the stage.
They would play 4 1/2 songs before Jeff came in on the jam. The stage was
closed off to everyone but somehow the roadie from Jeff Beck noticed me and
waved me on stage because he knew I couldn't see from the side. He got me
a folding chair and put it next to Jan Hammer. I was surprised but didn't
hesitate to take him up on the offer. I sat frozen next to Jan
Hammer and only 15 feet away from Jeff Beck. I was amazed at my good
fortune and was just mesmerized on Beck playing to an arena crowd, It was
an amazing show and Jeff Beck was stunning.
After the show I saw Jeff Beck get into Joe Perry's Corvette and they sped off
That was a great day and evening and I thank you Michael Hill for hooking me up!
Concert memory by
I was at the Jeff Beck, Jan Hammer, Heart & Boston concert at Providence Civic
Center in 1976. Great show. My most vivid memory is Boston. It was their first
concert in a large arena and they said they were really scared!