Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Just Say No to Drugs!

The Big Trunk over at Powerline has a great piece on Queen Elizabeth and the British Music Industry Greats, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Brian May and Jimmy Page:

"Last night Queen Elizabeth held a reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the British music industry. The British media are mocking the Queen's obliviousness to guitar idol Eric Clapton at the reception. Tbe Telegraph reports this exchange:

[S]haking the Queen firmly by the hand, [Clapton] introduced himself by name. "Have you been playing a long time?” the Queen asked, obviously none the wiser. "It must be 45 years now," replied a non-plussed blues giant.
The story caught my eye because of the attendance of the somewhat more obscure guitar giant Jeff Beck. Like Jimmy Page, Beck came out of the Yardbirds to form a group that put the spotlight on his own instrumental virtuosity. Beck recruited Rod Stewart to front his group, and in "Truth" and "Beck-Ola" the Jeff Beck Group achieved a kind of hard rock nirvana. The group's renditions of "All Shook Up" and "Jailhouse Rock" on "Beck-Ola" are definitive.

The photo below comes from the Syndney Morning Herald article recounting yesterday's event at Buckinghame Palace: "Queen meets God." Queen Elizabeth greets Jeff Beck while Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Brian May (of Queen) look on.


I find this photo striking in that the Queen seems to have aged somewhat more gracefully than Beck, Clapton, Page and May. I say the Queen and Nancy Reagan (click here) get the last laugh."

Well at least these guys are still alive.

I bet George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison would love to spend their millions reading this report on the internet.

Drugs is bad!

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