Yardbirds Reform For New Album


The Yardbirds are back recording.

This is the band who once featured lead guitarist Eric Clapton who was replaced by Jeff Beck who was replaced by Jimmy Page. They are recording their first album in decades with three guest guitarists, one of whom is Queen’s Brian May.

At his website, founding member Jim McCarty says “the new Yardbirds recording is now 80% finished. We have some more sessions to do in London and it will hopefully be out by March 2003. Before the sessions in Hollywood, we took part in a very successful tour of the UK, culminating at the Albert Hall. Since we reformed we’ve never done such a big tour and now we are home”.

The Yardbirds released their last studio album in 1967 and broke up in 1968, just after guitarist Jimmy Page left to form Led Zeppelin. In fact, Led Zeppelin were originally known as The New Yardbirds.

The lead singer of the Yardbirds, the late Keith Relf was the man who gave Eric Clapton the nickname Slowhand, a moniker he carries to this day.

The Yardbirds greatest hits were “For Your Love”, “Over Under Sideways Down” and “Shape Of Things”.

Paul Cashmere courtesy of Undercover