Jeff Beck a Living Legend
The guitarist – a former member of The Yardbirds as well as a solo artist, frequently voted one of the best players of all time – took home the biggest award of the evening. After giving his thanks and collecting the trophy from Queen drummer Roger Taylor, he launched into a virtuoso performance accompanied by The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde and Joss Stone.
Other winners at the event included Foo Fighters, who were named Band Of The Year and Manic Street Preachers, who received the Classic Songwriter award, their first accolade in the show’s seven-year history.
Queen took home Re-issue Of The Year for the recent re-release of their last five albums: ‘The Works’, ‘A Kind of Magic’, ‘The Miracle’, ‘Innuendo’ and ‘Made in Heaven’.
After collecting the trophy, guitarist Brian May told BANG Showbiz: ‘It’s so great to win this because we really wanted people to have the chance to hear our music.
‘A lot of people just know the greatest hits of course so it’s great to get these out there for everyone to hear. We put our heart and soul into making these records, for months and months on end.’
Elsewhere at the ceremony former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters’ ‘The Wall Live Tour’ was named Event of the Year, and Deep Purple were given The Innovator Award for their contribution to music.
KISS bassist Gene Simmons hosted the show, and said he was flattered to have been approached for it.
He said: ‘Its such an honour to be hosting this event. There are so many legends from music here tonight.’
Orange Amplification Classic Rock Roll of Honour 2011, full list:
The Living Legend Award
Event of the Year
Roger Waters’ ‘The Wall Live Tour’
Breakthrough Act of the Year
Black Country Communion
The Spirit of Prog
The Innovator Award
Musicians’ Union Maestro Award
Tommy Vance Inspiration award
Manic Street Preachers
Metal Guru Award
Classic Album Award
The Who ‘Quadrophenia’
Best New Band
Album of the Year
Michael Monroe for ‘Sensory Overdrive’
Re-issue of the Year
Queen ‘Re-Issues’ package of their final five albums
Lemmy for ‘Lemmy’
Band of the Year