Thursday, February 4, 2016

On This Day 04 February

Away to Bombay
1967 04 February On This Day Jimmy Page visits Bombay
AUDIO: White Summer with sitar edits (Soundcloud) 

  • 1975 Led Zeppelin - Uniondale, NY at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
  • 1995 Jimmy Page with The Black Crowes - Paris, France at LeZenith de Paris 
Bringing home large, awkward items picked up while visiting foreign countries seems to be something that Jimmy Page enjoys doing. On this day in 1967 he talks about a tanpura and some tablas (drums) that he brought home from India. At some point he also obtained a sitar, which he is shown playing in the photo below, and which is featured in the audio White Summer with sitar edits. A tanpura is a 4 stringed drone instrument used to back up vocalists, whereas a sitar is a multi-stringed, fretted instrument meant for carrying melody. 

ca. 1967, Jimmy Page with sitar

Tanpura, sitar and tablas
Led Zeppelin had been scheduled to play at the Boston Garden on this day, but as has already been described on this blog, the show was cancelled and the band was banned in Boston.  Those who had purchased tickets for the Boston show were mailed tickets to the 04 February Uniondale show, which had been scheduled as a replacement.  That was a good thing for the Boston fans because tickets for all the New York venues in February (including MSG) sold out immediately (and not without some arrests of over-enthusiastic fans).

Led Zeppelin would return to Uniondale for the previously scheduled 13 and 14 February shows after this added-on 04 February date.

1975 Jimmy Page / Led Zeppelin at Uniondale NY

1975 Jimmy Page / Led Zeppelin at Uniondale NY
According to Dave Lewis in his Led Zeppelin: The 'Tight But Loose' Files,  Robert Plant was the one to introduce Jimmy Page to The Black Crowes at the band's show at Royal Albert Hall in January 1995. Apparently Jimmy Page was impressed enough to join the Black Crowes in Paris for a couple of songs. The Page & Plant Unledded Tour continued in the US at the end of February, but Jimmy Page was to hook up again with The Black Crowes to begin a US tour in the fall of 1999.

♪  Rock and Roll (Led Zeppelin, Uniondale 04 February 1975) YouTube
♪  In My Time of Dying (Led Zeppelin, Uniondale 04 February 1975) YouTube
♪  Shake Your Money Maker (Jimmy Page with The Black Crowes, Paris 1995) YouTube
♪  Mellow Down Easy (Jimmy Page with The Black Crowes, Paris 1995) YouTube

♪ Mage Music 1 playlist at YouTube
♪ Mage Music 2 playlist at YouTube

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