Thursday, April 30, 2015

On This Day 30 April

1985 30 April Jimmy Page with Jaco Pastorius and Chris Slade in NYC

1985 30 April Jimmy Page with Jaco Pastorius and Chris Slade in NYC
John Francis Anthony Pastorius III (1951 – 1987), a.k.a. Jaco Pastorius, was an American jazz musician, composer, big band leader and electric bass player. He played with Weather Report from 1976 to 1981.

"His playing was known for its highly technical, Latin-influenced 16th-note funk, lyrical soloing on fretless bass, bass chords and innovative use of harmonics. He was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in 1988, one of only seven bassists so honored (and the only electric bass guitarist).

"After sneaking onstage at a Carlos Santana concert on September 11, 1987, and being ejected from the premises, Pastorius made his way to the Midnight Bottle Club in Wilton Manors, Florida. After reportedly kicking in a glass door, having been refused entrance to the club, he was engaged in a violent confrontation with the club bouncer, Luc Havan. Pastorius was hospitalized for multiple facial fractures and injuries to his right eye and left arm."  [source: Wikipedia]

He fell into a coma and died from a massive brain hemorrhage a few days later.

♪ Jimmy Page & Jaco Pastorius -[4.30.85] - Fannie Mae (Part 1)  YouTube
♪ Jimmy Page & Jaco Pastorius -[4.30.85] - Fannie Mae (Part 2)  YouTube
♪ Jimmy Page & Jaco Pastorius -[4.30.85] - Fannie Mae (Part 3)  YouTube


Also on this day in 1977, Led Zeppelin played to the largest audience ever for a single-act rock show at Pontiac Silverdome, making the Guinness Book of Records. "Largest audience ever" has of course changed with the advances in technology (e.g. giant video screens and improved sound systems). Today's concerts can attract audiences in the millions, but of course only so many of those people actually are near the stage to see the musicians with their own eyeballs.

1977 30 April Led Zeppelin at Pontiac Silverdome

Backstage 1977 30 April Led Zeppelin at Pontiac Silverdome

The crowd 1977 30 April Led Zeppelin at Pontiac Silverdome

1977 30 April Led Zeppelin at Pontiac Silverdome

1977 30 April Led Zeppelin at Pontiac Silverdome

1977 30 April Led Zeppelin at Pontiac Silverdome

1977 30 April Led Zeppelin at Pontiac Silverdome

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