The master is dead…
Nice piece Simon; also interesting to (unsurprisingly) note most of Jeff's sound-bites and quotes were high in relevance or insight - one you didn't pick out but I used in my own very small nod to his very huge loss was: "I don’t understand why some people will only accept a guitar if it has an instantly recognizable guitar sound; finding ways to use the same guitar people have been using for 50 years to make sounds that no one has heard before is truly what gets me off. I love it when people hear my music but can’t figure out what instrument I’m playing. What a cool compliment."
Re your query about where you saw JB in Birmingham -- checking an old/archive Birmingham Live page in the on-line Birmingham Mail, a music fan by the name of Mick Hoole confirms it was the Odeon Theater on New Street:
"I saw some great gigs at the Odeon, including the Climax Blues Band who were support to Jeff Beck - and to this day the only support I've ever seen do an encore."