Keith Urban On Jeff Beck: One of ‘Few Faces On The Mt. Rushmore of Guitar Players’

Keith Urban was among those mourning the death of guitar great Jeff Beck earlier this week. He turned to social media to post a throwback picture with Jeff and ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons writing, “I was shocked and saddened to hear that Jeff Beck had ‘portaled into the next realm.’ It’s impossible to label or frame his gift, his music, his ART, or to try and quantify his impact on not only guitarists, but all kinds of musicians, singers, and music lovers all over the world.”

Keith continued, “He’s absolutely one of the few faces on the Mt. Rushmore of guitar players, and I am SO grateful to my friend Scott Bradoka for inviting me to come see Jeff play last September. We stood side stage with Billy Gibbons watching Jeff cast the spell that only he could – with nothing more than a Strat, some pedals, a couple of amps, and his ‘otherworldly talent.’”

He concluded the post by writing, “God bless you Jeff. Thank you for your light. RIP brother.”

Jeff died on Tuesday (January 10th) “after suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis,” according to a statement from his family. He was 78.