Sunday, January 31, 2016

On This Day 31 January

Whole lotta music at Fillmore East
1969 31 January On This Day Led Zeppelin at Fillmore East (day 1 of 2, 2 sets/show)

  • 1967 The Yardbirds - Wellington, New Zealand at Town Hall,Cuba Street
  • 1969 Led Zeppelin - New York City at Fillmore East (day 1 of 2, 2 sets)
  • 1975 Led Zeppelin – Detroit MI at Olympia Stadium

1969 Jimmy Page / Led Zeppelin at Fillmore East

1969 Led Zeppelin at Fillmore East

1969 Led Zeppelin at Fillmore East

1975 Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones / Led Zeppelin at Detroit
1975:
"...primal energy stored in the gut, and spilled out in a visceral surge by Zeppelin's muse. "
~ John Laycock, The Windsor Star.  February 1, 1975

2008:
Somewhere out there are some clips from a Japanese Television show, Can you speak English?, with guitarists Marty Friedman and Rolly Teranishi interviewing Jimmy Page.  It was filmed on this day in 2008 and broadcast 25 February 2008. If anyone's got a working link for it, please share!



♪  How Many More Times (Led Zeppelin, Fillmore East 1969) YouTube
♪  Rock and Roll (Led Zeppelin, Olympia Stadium 1975) YouTube

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

On This Day 30 January


1995 30 January On This Day Led Zeppelin receives American Music International Artist award
VIDEO
  • 1967 The Yardbirds - Christchurch, New Zealand at Theatre Royal
  • 1973 Led Zeppelin - Preston,  England at Preston Guildhall, Grand Hall
  • 1995 Led Zeppelin American Music International Artist award 

1973 backstage, Preston UK

1995:
The American Music International Artist Award for Led Zeppelin was accepted by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Jason Bonham in London, and by John Paul Jones in Los Angeles. Black Dog had been recorded five days previously in London.
1995 Jimmy Page accepts AMA International Artist award

1995 Page & Plant / Black Dog recorded for AMA



♪  Black Dog (Led Zeppelin, Preston UK 1973) YouTube
♪  Black Dog (Page & Plant, prerecorded for AMA awards 1995) YouTube

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Friday, January 29, 2016

On This Day 29 January

Pretty in pink. Or any other color.
2011 29 January On This Day Jimmy Page loans guitars and costumes for Japanese exhibition

  • 1975 Led Zeppelin - Greensboro, NC at Greensboro Coliseum 
1975:
Greensboro. Chris Charlesworth describes near-combat conditions on his Just Backdated blog.
"... outside the venue a shortage of tickets has caused violence to erupt. About five hundred fans have attempted to storm the rear of the building, throwing broken bottles, stones and pieces of scaffolding. Three of the five limousines, those parked outside, become severely damaged.
"...the drivers of the three limos parked outside, fearing further damage to them, have removed their cars and the other two drivers, whose cars are parked inside, want to take theirs away too. This, of course, would leave the Led Zeppelin entourage stranded when the concert is over..."
Peter Grant attempts to buy the limos. In the end, he simply commandeers two.
"The huge stadium doors open and the angry mob of fans who didn’t make it into the show surge forward into our path. Grant blasts a way through, his horn blaring, we follow, and the crowd parts like the Red Sea. Our truncated convoy reaches speeds of up to 70 mph in a heavily built-up area with Grant leading the way, driving his car through red lights and on the wrong side of the road through the town of Greensboro. Our car, crammed, follows in hot pursuit. Good grief, I think, this is far more exciting than any rock concert.
"Then, when we reach the point at the airport where the Starship is waiting, a funny thing happens. Instead of stopping as we have done, Grant drives round and round the huge aircraft, tyres screeching, faster and faster, burning rubber. When he finally skids to a stop the four members of Led Zeppelin tumble out, hysterical with laughter..."
~ Chris Charlesworth, Just Backdated

1975 Jimmy Page / Led Zeppelin at Greensboro (Neal Preston photo)

2011:
We all know about Jimmy Page's famous Gibson doubleneck, but some folks might not be familiar with that oddly shaped white guitar pictured on this day.  It is a 12 string Vox Phantom XII that Jimmy Page first used on stage with the Yardbirds in 1967 and in the studio for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor from the Yardbirds' album Little Games.  Jimmy Page also used it for Thank You on Led Zeppelin II in 1969.  

According to advertising posters, the photos of the guitars were taken by Scarlet Page.

2011 Jimmy Page's guitars, as shown in exhibition brochure

1967 Jimmy Page / Yardbirds using Vox Phantom XII guitar

2011 Photo from the exhibition brochure (photo taken 1974 at Swan Song launch party

Jimmy Page photo from exhibition brochure

Thursday, January 28, 2016

On This Day 28 January

Jimmy Page: The greatest hit of them all.

2008 28 January On This Day Jimmy Page promoting Mothership in Tokyo

  • 1967 The Yardbirds - Brisbane, Australia at Brisbane Festival Hall
  • 1973 Led Zeppelin - Edinburgh, Scotland at King's Theatre
  • 2008 Jimmy Page in Tokyo promoting release of Mothership

2008:
Mothership is a collection of "greatest hits" chosen by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones from the first eight studio albums. It was released in digital format in November 2007 in the US and the UK, in vinyl in August 2008, and the remaster was released November 2015. Mothership (digital) includes 24 selections from the studio albums and a DVD of 20 live performances from Royal Albert Hall 1970, Sydney Showground 1972, Madison Square Garden 1973, Earls Court 1975 and Knebworth 1979. With nearly 7 million albums sold world-wide, Mothership is certified 2X platinum.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

On This Day 27 January

He rocks
1996 27 January On This Day Page & Plant in Rio
VIDEO

  • 1967 The Yardbirds - Melbourne, Australia at Melbourne Festival Hall
  • 1973 Led Zeppelin - Dundee, Scotland at Caird Hall
  • 1996 Page & Plant Unledded Tour - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at Hollywood Rock Festival  

1973 Jimmy Page / Led Zeppelin, Dundee Scotland
1996:
In a Brazilian interview, Robert Plant stated that the Rio performance was Page & Plant's 100th show.

1996 Jimmy Page in Rio



♪  Since I've Been Loving You (Led Zeppelin, Dundee 1973)  YouTube
♪  MTV footage (Page & Plant, Rio 1996) YouTube
♫  Page & Plant interview 

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

On This Day 26 January



2015 26 January On This Day Jimmy Page attends Scarlett Sabet poetry reading

2009 26 January On This Day Jimmy Page visits Myanmar

  • 1967 The Yardbirds - Melbourne, Australia at Melbourne Festival Hall
  • 1968 The Yardbirds - Birmingham, England at Bingley Hall for All Night Rave
  • 1969 Led Zeppelin - Boston, MA at Boston Tea Party (day 4 of 4) 

1969 Jimmy Page / Led Zeppelin at Boston Tea Party
1969:
From NME:
John Paul Jones: “As far as I’m concerned, the key Zeppelin gig, the one that put everything into focus, was one that we played on our first American tour at the Boston Tea Party. We’d played our usual one hour set, using all the material for the first album and Page’s White Summer guitar piece and by the end, the audience just wouldn’t let us offstage. It was in such a state that we had to start throwing ideas around, just thinking of songs that we might all know or that some of us knew a part of and work it out from there.
So we’d go back on and play things like “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Please Please Me”, old Beatles favorites. I mean, just anything that would come into our head and the response was quite amazing. There were kids actually bashing their heads against the stage – I’ve never seen that a gig before or since, and when we finally left the stage, we’d played for four plus hours.
Peter (Grant) was absolutely ecstatic. He was crying, if you can imagine that, and hugging us all. You know with this grizzly bear hug. I suppose it was then that we realized just what Led Zeppelin was going to become.” – (NME, Feb. 1973).


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Monday, January 25, 2016

On This Day 25 January

Should the song remain the same? Or should it change?
1996 25 January On This Day Page & Plant, Buenos Aires
VIDEO

  • 1967 The Yardbirds - Adelaide, Australia at Centennial Hall
  • 1969 Led Zeppelin - Boston, MA at Boston Tea Party (day 3 of 4)
  • 1973 Led Zeppelin - Aberdeen, Scotland at Aberdeen Music Hall
  • 1975 Led Zeppelin - Indianapolis, IN at Market Square Arena 
  • 1995 Page & Plant – record Black Dog at The Depot Studios in London for later broadcast at the American Music Awards
  • 1996 Page & Plant Unledded Tour - Buenos Aires, Argentina at Estadio Ricardo Etcheverry 

1973 Led Zeppelin, Aberdeen Scotland

1975 Led Zeppelin at Indianapolis (Neil Preston photo)
1995:
On this day Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, with Michael Lee, Charlie Jones and didgeridoo players recorded Black Dog in London's Depot Studios to be broadcast at the American Music Awards on 30 January in Los Angeles. John Paul Jones would accept the International Artist Award for Led Zeppelin in person.

1996 Page & Plant, Buenos Aires



♪  Rock And Roll (Led Zeppelin, Aberdeen 1973) YouTube
♪  The Song Remains The Same  (Led Zeppelin, Aberdeen 1973) YouTube
♪  Rock And Roll (Led Zeppelin, Indianapolis 1975) YouTube
♪  The Song Remains the Same  (Led Zeppelin, Indianapolis 1975) YouTube
♪  Full set (Page & Plant, Buenos Aires 1996) YouTube

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

On This Day 24 January

Smashed up but not beaten down

2009 24 January On This Day Jimmy Page visiting Myanmar

  • 1967 The Yardbirds - Adelaide, Australia at Centennial Hall
  • 1969 Led Zeppelin - Boston, MA at Boston Tea Party (day 2 of 4)
  • 1970 Led Zeppelin - Leeds, England at University of Leeds, The Refectory
  • 1975 Led Zeppelin - Richfield, OH at Richfield Coliseum 

1969 jimmy Page / Led Zeppelin Boston Tea Party

1970 Led Zeppelin Leeds University

1970 Jimmy Page / Led Zeppelin Leeds University
1975:
Jimmy Page was playing with 3 fret fingers, having slammed his ring finger in a train door in England prior to leaving for the US Tour, breaking the tip.  He was getting used to his new technique by this point, although Dazed and Confused had been dropped from the setlist because of the injury.  That song was next performed at MSG on 03 February.

1976: 
Led Zeppelin was scheduled for a show at the Rose Bowl that had been rescheduled from September due to Robert Plant’s car accident.  The recovery took longer than  anticipated, so this and other shows through the middle of March were rescheduled to later dates or, like the Rose Bowl stadium gig, cancelled.

2009 Jimmy Page passport stamp



♪  Rock And Roll (Led Zeppelin, Richfield OH 1975) YouTube
♪  In My Time of Dying (Led Zeppelin, Richfield OH 1975) YouTube
♪  The Song Remains the Same - Led Zeppelin, Richfield OH 1975) YouTube
♪  Trampled Under Foot - Led Zeppelin, Richfield OH 1975) YouTube

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

On This Day 23 January

When "The Tea Party" meant something different than it does today

1969 23 January & 1996 23 January On This Day

  • 1967 The Yardbirds - Sydney, Australia at Sydney Stadium (day 2, 2 sets)
  • 1969 Led Zeppelin - Boston, MA. at Boston Tea Party (day 1 of 4)
  • 1996 Page & Plant - Unledded Tour at Vina del Mar,Chile at Estadio Sausalito
  • 2008 Jimmy Page with Jack White & The Edge - Burbank,CA at Warner Brothers Studio to record “The Summit” scenes for It Might Get Loud 

1969
Today was the first of four shows at the Boston Tea Party.  This set was only 40 minutes because of equipment problems.  The On This Day photo (above) is from Led Zeppelin's return to the Boston Tea Party in May, not from the January shows.

1969 January Led Zeppelin Boston Tea Party

1969 January Jimmy Page / Led Zeppelin Boston Tea Party
2008:
"There's always that point when it might happen to you, when you're too old to pick the guitar up. And we're just trying to keep that day far, far away, and out of sight."
~ Jimmy Page, It Might Get Loud

Thankfully Jimmy Page has not at that point yet.

2013 Rolling Stone Germany article "The Last Magician" (Ross Halfin photo)




♪  It Might Get Loud Premiere (Black Tree TV coverage, 2009) YouTube
♪  Full set (Page & Plant, Chile 1996) YouTube

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Friday, January 22, 2016

On This Day 22 January


1973 22 January On This Day Led Zeppelin at Southampton University

  • 1967 The Yardbirds - Sydney, Australia at Sydney Stadium
  • 1973 Led Zeppelin - Southampton,UK at Southampton University
  • 1975 Led Zeppelin - Chicago, IL. at Chicago Stadium (day 3 of 3)
1971:
Note that the source for the one minute intro to Four Sticks (link below), with John Bonham's setting up the timing, may have been from a session at Headley Grange between 1970 December and 1971 January or from the 1971 February sessions at Island Studios in London.  Rumor has it that this and other outtakes were found in trash.


1973 Jimmy Page / Led Zeppelin at soundcheck, Southampton University

1973 Jimmy Page / Led Zeppelin at Southampton University

1973 Jimmy Page / Led Zeppelin at Southampton University




♪  Four Sticks / intro only (Led Zeppelin, rehearsal 1971) YouTube
♪  Dancing Days (Led Zeppelin, Southampton 1973) YouTube
♪  Full set (Led Zeppelin, Southampton 1973) YouTube

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