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Rock stars stunned by Jeff Beck’s unexpected death

Guitarist Jeff Beck performs on July 20, 2018 at the Stars Align Tour at the Five Points Amphitheater in Irvine, California.

Guitarist Jeff Beck performs on July 20, 2018 at the Stars Align Tour at the Five Points Amphitheater in Irvine, California.

Guitarist Jeff Beck performs on July 20, 2018 at the Stars Align Tour at the Five Points Amphitheater in Irvine, California.

The rock world was stunned Wednesday by the news of the sudden death of guitar legend Jeff Beck.

Beck’s family announced that the two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member died Tuesday after a short battle with bacterial meningitis.

He was 78 years old.

Beck, who had just completed an album and concert tour with actor Johnny Depp, was one of the most influential guitarists of all time, playing in varied genres such as rock, jazz, blues and metal.

Rod Stewart, who rose to fame as lead singer of the band Jeff Beck in the late 1960s, said the guitarist was on “another planet.”

“He was one of the few guitarists who, when playing live, listened to me sing and respond,” he wrote on Twitter. “Jeff, you were the best, my man.”

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, who was also part of the Jeff Beck Group, also paid tribute on Twitter:

Aerosmith’s Joe Perry called Beck “the Salvador Dali of the guitar.”

“Seeing him perform was hearing the ultimate 6-string alchemist creating magic in a world all his own,” he wrote on Twitter. “With his passing, the world has become a poorer place. »

Gene Simmons of KISS called the news “heartbreaking.”

“No one played guitar like Jeff” he wrote on Twitter. “Please get the first two Jeff Beck Group albums and admire the greatness.”

Other rockers also took to Twitter to pay tribute: