Sharing pictures with Beck, Brian May wrote on his Instagram: “Gutted, so sad, to hear of Jeff’s passing. He was the Guv’nor. He was inimitable, irreplaceable – the absolute pinnacle of guitar playing. And a damn fine human being. I’m sure I will have a lot to say, but right now …. Just lost for words. Bri. #jeffbeck.”
Back in 1989, on the Queen for an Hour interview for BBC Radio 1, May listed the late star along with Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton as his all-time greatest guitar heroes.
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