The Real Reason Jeff Beck Quit Working With Mick Jagger, Simon Phillips Explains

In a recent interview with VRP Rocks, Simon Phillips talked about his career and past collaborations, recalling an attempt to form a band with Jeff Beck and Mick Jagger in the ’80s. He said:

“We were trying to put together a band in 1987. Jeff was the guitar player, but it was interesting because the four of us – Mick, Jeff, Doug Wimbish, and myself – it didn’t quite work out.”

Revealing why Beck stepped out, the drummer went on:

“Mick wanted two guitar players, and Jeff didn’t want to play with another guitar player. And it was fascinating, the rehearsals, actually. So, Jeff just eventually bailed. He said, ‘No, I’m not doing this.’ So, we took a break, and then eventually, in 1988, we started touring with Mick.”

Beck’s Collaboration With Jagger

Beck, Phillips, and Wimbish played with Jagger throughout the 20-date trek in 1988. This tour, spanning Japan, Australia, and New Zealand, followed the release of the Rolling Stones vocalist’s second solo album, ‘Primitive Cool,’ which these artists also took part in.

Beck’s involvement with Jagger’s music began earlier, in the mid-80s, playing guitar on his debut solo record, ‘She’s The Boss.’ Talking about the project, the late guitarist once told Louder Sound:

“I was always thinking: ‘I wonder if I could play in that band (The Rolling Stones)?’ I seemed to fit the style loved the blues and all the rest of it. I kept my eye on them. And lo and behold, Mick calls me up and wants me to do an album, ‘She’s The Boss.’ And that was the first time I met him. I thought Mick was charming. He treated me really well. Loved women, of course.”

The Guitarist Could’ve Been A Rolling Stone

Beck also had a chance to join The Rolling Stones in 1974 after Mick Taylor left the band but didn’t take the offer. He spent two days in the studio, waiting to meet the Stones for an audition, as he recalled in an interview with Classic Rock:

“Eventually, we got into the same room together, and I started playing Bill Wyman’s bass so hard the dust was flying off. I wandered off, and the engineer, Glyn Johns, said, ‘That’s incredible!’ I said: ‘One for the archives, mate. I’m leaving tomorrow.'”

Watch Simon Phillips’ chat about Jeff Beck and Mick Jagger in the video below.