Friday, April 1, 2016

On This Day 01 April

Remembering Ronnie

1947-1997 On This Day Ronnie Lane's birthday

  • 1969 Led Zeppelin - London at Klooks Kleek
  • 1971 Led Zeppelin - John Peel’s BBC Radio One, London at Paris Theatre
  • 1973 Led Zeppelin - Paris at Centre Sportif (day 1 of 2)
  • 1977 Led Zeppelin - Dallas TX at Dallas Memorial Auditorium
  • 1986 The Firm - Boston MA at Boston Garden
  • 1995 Page & Plant  Unledded Tour - Auburn Hills MI at The Palace Of Auburn Hills 

Ronnie Lane (1947-1997) was an English musician, songwriter, producer, and founding member of the bands, Small Faces and the Faces. Taking up a solo career, in 1977 he toured the UK with The Passing Show, a wandering carnival complete with Gypsy costumes and tents. He worked on musical projects with Pete Townshend, Ronnie Wood and Eric Clapton, continuing his musical career in the US even after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1976. Jimmy Page, Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood helped to pay for Lane's medical expenses because Lane was not receiving royalties from the Small Faces' albums.

A two-night benefit concert and subsequent US tour in 1983 raised money for Action for Research into Multiple Sclerosis (ARMS) for MS research. The ARMS Charity Concerts marked Jimmy Page's return to the world of music.

The BBC recording of Led Zeppelin, filmed on this day and aired on 04 April 1971, is one of the most bootlegged BBC recordings ever.  It marked the first time Stairway To Heaven was broadcast on the radio. Two months later, on 11 May, Jimmy Page returned to the BBC studios to remix the recording for stereo with a different lineup of songs, including the encore song Communication Breakdown that wasn't in the performance aired on 04 April.  In 1997 Jimmy Page remixed the original tapes of the show and this came out as Disc 2 of the Led Zeppelin BBC Sessions.

1971 Led Zeppelin at John Peel's BBC Radio One, London

1973 Jimmy Page / Led Zeppelin, Paris.  Jimmy's helping Robert out with Bron Yr Aur Stomp

1977 Jimmy Page / Led Zeppelin, Dallas TX

The Dallas show on this day marked the return of Led Zeppelin to live performing after the layoff due to Robert Plant's car accident.  Many wondered if they'd be as good as before.  They were.

2004 April Guitar World

♪  Stairway To Heaven (Led Zeppelin, John Peel’s Radio One 1971) YouTube

♪ Mage Music 1 playlist at YouTube
♪ Mage Music 2 playlist at YouTube
♪ Page & Plant playlist at YouTube

NOTICE: April 11 will be the last daily On This Day post
as that will be a full year's worth.  I won't post any more
unless Jimmy Page's website offers some new ones.

Stay tuned for new posts here on the Mage Music blog
about the music and Magick of 
and previews of new Mage Music projects!

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