Ian Hunter Discloses That Jeff Beck’s Final Effort Was On His Solo Album

Ian Hunter recently sat down with Raised On Radio and recalled working with Jeff Beck and Taylor Hawkins, disclosing that Beck’s final studio sessions were spent recording his upcoming solo album, ‘Defiance Part 1.’

The singer discussed the creative process of the record, his collaborators, and how the studio sessions went down as the topic drifted to the late Foo Fighters drummer Hawkins, who featured on seven different songs through the first two parts of the album. Ian paid homage to Taylor, recalling his great spirits in the studio and his wish to play on the whole of the four-parted record.

Hunter then moved on to Beck and detailed how the late guitarist was involved in the album. He recalled how Johnny Depp introduced the guitarist as both the actor and Beck wished to play on Ian’s record. Although the singer knew Depp personally, he hadn’t met Jeff yet, but their collaboration proved influential.

Ian continued discussing how Beck’s last sessions in the studio were most likely spent for his solo album, as the guitarist’s manager reported. The singer especially pointed out a track on the album, ‘Third Rail,’ which featured Jeff’s lengthy guitar riffs as the late rocker took the lead on this song and played all through it.

The rocker on recalling working with Taylor and Jeff:

“Well, Taylor went first and, I mean, unbelievable guy. I mean, he’d be on the phone for hours, and he knew everything about everybody. It was like an encyclopedia of music; he loved all kinds of stuff. He wanted to do the whole record; he said, ‘I want to do all of them.’

He did seven in the end, four on the second, three on the first, and then what happened was Covid was dying down, and he started going out again. Covid was kind of easing off. A lot of these people went to work. He [Hawkins] was lovely.

Jeff Beck came in through Johnny Depp, and I know John and John said, ‘We’d like to do a couple of songs.’ Great, it was a huge buzz. I actually did back play on a song that he wrote, and then [pointed] for him to go like that; I mean, I’ve been out to dinner with him and stuff like that, but I didn’t know Jeff like millions of people do.”

Hunter on the album being Hawkins or Beck’s possibly last studio session:

“It was [the last] to Jeff, according to his manager. On part two, there’s a track, the ‘Third Rail.’ He doesn’t actually play a solo; he just plays all the way through it… then and there, and everything, and that was the last thing he did.”

So, Jeff Beck’s last studio session recording one of his brilliant guitar riffs was spent while playing for Ian’s upcoming studio album. This shows the fact that even though artists might leave their fans behind, their tunes, legacy, and image carry on through art.