In their brief five-year history, the Yardbirds gained a reputation as the breeding ground for three of classic rock’s most legendary guitarists. They made their first switch in March 1965, when Eric Clapton left and was quickly replaced by Jeff Beck.
After almost 30 years as a Rolling Stone, Bill Wyman was done. In December 1992, the band’s founding bassist publicly announced he was parting ways with the group. No more tours. No more records. The search was on to replace this key Stone.