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Sunday, June 10th, 2018
The Yardbirds are more than a Rock band, they are an institution, which, in the brief period from 1963 to 1968, made an indelible mark on the "Shapes of Things" to come. To the casual music fan, The Yardbirds are best known as the band that honed the skills of future "guitar gods" Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page; and for their slew of chart hits, including "For Your Love," "Heart Full of Soul", "Im A Man", and "Over Under Sideways Down". Led by core members and songwriters Jim McCarty(drums), Chris Dreja (rhythm guitar/bass) and the late Keith Relf(vocals/harmonica), the bands experimental explorations also provided the crucial link between British R&B, Psychedelic Rock, and Heavy Metal, while pioneering the use of innovations like fuzz tone, feedback and distortion. Even their 1968 break-up set the stage for Rock n Rolls future leading Jimmy Page to form the New Yardbirds, later re-christened Led Zeppelin.