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From opposite musical poles, Wilson, Beck enjoying recent collaboration

Jeff Beck, left, and Brian Wilson, musical icons since the ’60s, never met until 2005. Then this year, they joined forces in the studio and are on tour. Two former Beach Boys bandmates are also touring with Wilson.
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Jeff Beck, left, and Brian Wilson, musical icons since the ’60s, never met until 2005. Then this year, they joined forces in the studio and are on tour. Two former Beach Boys bandmates are also touring with Wilson.
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The first time Brian Wilson heard Jeff Beck play was in 2005. This may be surprising, considering the two influential musicians’ histories. They were contemporaries, albeit on opposite ends of the musical spectrum, and the world — in 1965, when young hotshot English guitarist Beck replaced Eric Clapton in British Invasion band The Yardbirds, California-born Wilson had already found surf rock success with The Beach Boys. Wilson and The Beach Boys moved away from their ...

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