Friday, October 2, 2015

On This Day 2 October

It makes me wonder
1966 02 October On This Day The Yardbirds - Ipswich, England at Gaumont Theatre
  • 1966 The Yardbirds - Ipswich, England at Gaumont Theatre
  • 1972 Led Zeppelin - Tokyo, Japan at Budokan Hall
  • 1995 Page & Plant Unledded Tour - Irvine, CA at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
  • 1998 Page & Plant - Memphis, TN at Pyramid Arena 
1966:
The Jaywalkers disbanded in 1967.  Record producer Mickie Most, long-time friend of Peter Grant's (as well as business partner in RAK Management), became Terry Reid's manager.  Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones had both played sessions for Mickie Most productions before Jimmy joined up with the Yardbirds, managed by Peter Grant. There were a lot of connections between Reid and Jimmy Page, but Reid had other musical commitments and could not accept the invitation to the new venture that became Led Zeppelin.

You have to wonder just how things would have gone if... but what's done is done.

1972:
Jimmy Page was presented with a Greco guitar at the 30 September press conference in Tokyo. The Greco EG-360S, produced by the Japanese Kanda Shokai Corporation, was a replica model of Jimmy Page's Gibson Les Paul Standard guitar with a sunburst finish. 

Jimmy Page and John Bohnam don't appear happy in photos from the press conference, maybe not so much about the guitar as about Greco's use of Led Zeppelin as an advertising boost with the tagline "Led Zeppelin is my brother" on the official tour programs. John Bonham demanded that Greco black out that claim before the first show. It was done.

John Paul Jones had recently obtained a Mellotron, a keyboard that can play back pre-recorded music.  It was used on this tour for the premiere of The Rain Song


1972 Jimmy Page / Led Zeppelin Tokyo at Budokan Hall  (day 1)

1972 Tokyo press conference, Jimmy Page with Greco guitar (Lon Cabot photo)

1972 Tokyo press conference, Jimmy Page with Greco guitar



♪  Dean (Terry Reid, 1973) YouTube
♪  The Rain Song (Led Zeppelin, Tokyo 02 October 1972) YouTube
♪  Full set (Led Zeppelin, Tokyo 02 October 1972) YouTube
♪  Full set (Page & Plant, Irvine 1995) YouTube
♪  Full set (Page & Plant, Memphis 1998) YouTube


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