everyone knows the Yardbirds legend, if not their music; the
band graduated three of the great Ph.D.s of rock guitar: Eric
Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. They created hard rock out of
standard twelve-bar blues, doubling the tempos and whacking the
amps up to ten. On the British club scene, The Yardbirds, The
Animals, and the Rolling Stones ruled the stages.
Yardbirds, perhaps more than any other group, brought guitar
pyrotechnics to rock & roll in the 1960s. By introducing
Clapton, Beck and Page to the world, and giving them plenty of
space to create, the band set the template not only for Cream,
the Jeff Beck Group and Led Zeppelin (whose original moniker was
the New Yardbirds), but for virtually every rock group featuring
distortion, feedback and in-your-face electric-guitar
years after their 1992 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of
Fame, the Yardbirds reformed around original members Jim McCarty
& Chris Dreja, but they chose to stay below the radar, tweaking
their line up and working up material. The result was the
release of their first new studio recording since 1967’s Little
Games, entitled ‘Birdland’in 2003. Which was then followed by
‘Live at BB King’s’ in 2007.
health issues forced Chris Dreja to take the difficult decision
to stop playing live & the band continued touring Canada & the
USA as a 4 piece with Jim McCarty (drums, vocals) Ben King (lead
Guitar) Andy Mitchell (lead vocal, harmonica, Bongos, acoustic
guitar) Dave Smale (bass)
early 2013 Jim McCarty met up with the first Yardbirds lead
guitar player ‘Top’Topham & he has joined the band for ‘The
Ultimate R&B tour' 2014.
year also see the DVD of a live performance by the current line
up entitled ‘Making Tracks’ (Weinerworld) it features
performances of the bands best known hits including: For Your
Love, Heart full of Soul, Happenings Ten Years Time Ago, Over
Under Sideways Down, Shapes of Things.