Thursday, June 18, 2015

On This Day 18 June

Fans of Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin are still willing to travel to other countries to hear the music.  

1965 18 June On This Day Jimmy Page attends John Mayall and Bluesbreakers concert,
jams with Eric Clapton at home
John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, a British blues band, was founded by singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist John Mayall.  In its on-again-off-again history, there have been more than 100 different combinations of musicians performing under that name. Mayall started the band in 1963 and that iteration, which lasted until 1967, included Eric Clapton from April to August 1965 and November 1965 to July 1966.  

In a 2013  interview John Mayall was asked about recording the single I’m Your Witchdoctorproduced by Jimmy Page: 
Q:  Do you have any memories from this time of Jimmy?
Mayall: Not really, I mean I had known him before we did that because he used to play at The Marquee Club in a trio situation so I ended up seeing him quite a few times but he was just one of the guys really.
If I had been the interviewer I'd have wanted to know if Mayall had any regrets about not working more with Jimmy Page.  Of course, Jimmy Page shot into the musical stratosphere so quickly after then that everyone who wasn't with him was left far, far behind.

  • 1965 18 June On This Day Jimmy Page attends John Mayall and Bluesbreakers concert, jams with Eric Clapton at home
  • 1967 The Yardbirds - London, England at Saville Theatre
  • 1972 Led Zeppelin - Seattle, WA at Seattle Center Coliseum
  • 1980 Led Zeppelin - Cologne (Köln), Germany at Köln Sporthalle
  • 1995 Page & Plant - Unledded Tour - Luneburg, Germany at New Music Festival

The 1972 Seattle Led Zeppelin concert was the concert that wasn't supposed to happen.  It wasn't the band's fault. Originally scheduled for Vancouver BC, Canadian authorities decided to not grant Led Zeppelin a license to perform before the band even got a chance, due to previous troublemakers at other bands' shows.

Led Zeppelin fans ended up being bused down to Seattle for the show.
1972 Led Zeppelin show is moved from one country
to another and fans show up anyway

2005 Jimmy Page meets Chris Cornell for the first time.
Good things have already resulted from this introduction.
We all wonder of there is more to come. (Photo Ross Halfin)

2005 Tommy Iommi and Jimmy Page on the way to Holland (Photo Ross Halfin)

♪  Miles Road (Jimmy Page Eric Clapton 1965) Soundcloud
♪ I'm Your Witchdoctor (John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, prod. by Jimmy Page 1965) YouTube
♪  Intro announcement & LA Drone (Led Zeppelin, Seattle, 1972) YouTube
♪  LA Drone YouTube
♪  Since I've Been Loving You (Led Zeppelin, Seattle, 1972) YouTube
♪  In The Evening (Led Zeppelin, Cologne (Köln) Germany, 1980) YouTube
♪  In The Evening (Page & Plant, Luneburg Germany, 1995) YouTube

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