Flashback: Rod Stewart and Jeff Beck’s Surprise Reunion

Watch the former Jeff Beck Group bandmates perform Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready” in 2009

When Jeff Beck came to L.A.’s El Rey Theater in April of 2009 it had been 40 years since the original Jeff Beck Group dissolved and he’d parted ways with Rod Stewart. The guitarist and singer had a couple of brief reunions in the 1980s, but they hadn’t spoken in years and odds seemed pretty slim that things would change anytime soon. Shortly before the show, however, Stewart got a phone call saying that Beck was hoping he could come down to sing a couple of songs with his band.

Beck feigned complete shock when Stewart came out to sing a cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready,” but they’d actually run through it a soundcheck. “It was really fucking great,” Stewart wrote in his memoir Rod: The Autobiography. “By the end Jeff, bless him, was in tears and we have each other a big old hug.” Check out video of the big moment right here.

Source: Rolling Stone