It should be little surprise that Jeff Beck, God-tier guitar hero, has had a number of offers to join different groups over the years. He was famously a part of the Yardbirds for a brief spell before departing to create his own group in 1967. Once he had a taste of being his own boss, that was it: Beck would never again simply be a band’s guitarist.
However, that wasn’t for lack of trying. When sitting down to chat with Alice Cooper, Beck began reminiscing about his days hanging around the Speakeasy Club in London, where he would see a psychedelic new band called Pink Floyd.
“Because it was so dark in there, and they were all Prisma, you know that psychedelic lighting, they could have changed personnel every day and you wouldn’t have noticed. And I didn’t know until about a week ago that they were after me,” Beck explained.
Cooper throws in that the members were all too afraid to ask Beck, but the guitarist had a different view. “I never would have thought they would have given me the light of day,” Beck says in astonishment. From there, he mentions that there was another famous band that attempted to recruit him: The Rolling Stones.
The Stones had invited Beck to contribute to their upcoming album Black and Blue, but what Beck didn’t know was that the invitation came under the guise of an audition to join the band. “The fact that I had actually turned up was a signal to them that I had actually committed. Not the case. I had already agreed to do the Blow by Blow album. They said, ‘Come by and play a couple of tracks.’ That’s all I did.”
“Me and Keith would never have gotten on,” Beck adds. Instead, Beck recommended his former Jeff Beck Group compatriot Ronnie Wood, who had already contributed to the writing and recording of ‘It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll’ the year before. It seems to all have worked out for the best in the end, but one can only imagine what Pink Floyd and The Stones would have sounded like with Beck on lead guitar.
See the interview, below.