Guitar legend Jeff Beck played in Peoria, throwing his food across the room

English guitarist Jeff Beck is regarded as one of rock’s finest ax men. Beck, who died Tuesday at the age of 78, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame not once, but twice: first as a member of the Yardbirds (1992) and second as a solo artist (2009). He was ranked fifth on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.

The Yardbirds are remembered, among other things, for the hit “Heart Full of Soul”, with Beck’s guitar memorably mimicking a sitar.

In Peoria, Beck is called back for a somewhat understated performance and a heated encounter with a catfish diner.

An ad in the Journal Star for the Fleetwood Mac/Jeff Beck show at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheater in 1976.

On Friday, June 25, 1976, Beck and the Jan Hammer Group performed as the opening act for a concert at the Glen Oak Park amphitheatre. Fleetwood Mac was the headliner.

Related:From Fleetwood Mac to The Beach Boys, Glen Oak Amphitheater rocked Peoria in the 1970s

“Most of the crowd came to Fleetwood Mac and just used the Jeff Beck opening to warm up and wrap up the socializing” before the headlining act, the Journal Star review read the next day. “Jeff Beck was a bit of a disappointment at first,” the story continued. “However, the group started to get rolling towards the end of their set, and Beck’s flashy guitar was more than up to par with his usual high quality of surreal rock by the end of their performance.”

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