The Yardbirds are an iconic British rock band, formed in London in 1963. They are noted for their exploration of blues, rhythm and blues, and rock music. The group consisted of Keith Relf on vocals and harmonica, Paul Samwell-Smith on bass, Chris Dreja on rhythm guitar and later bass when Samwell-Smith left the band, and Jim McCarty on drums. A defining characteristic of the band was its revolving lineup of legendary lead guitarists.
The Yardbirds' innovative approach to music pushed the boundaries of rock 'n' roll, notably influencing the development of hard rock and psychedelic rock genres. Their high-energy performances popularized the "rave-up" style, where a song builds in tempo and intensity.
In 1992, The Yardbirds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as performers. Their legacy continues to inspire countless musicians worldwide. Under the leadership of Jim McCarty with a constantly evolving lineup, they continue to tour and captivate audiences with their timeless music.