ON THIS DAY… 28 NOV 1983

I PLAYED A CONCERT IN DALLAS WITH ARMS

After the original ARMS show at the Royal Albert Hall, there was great interest from the artists involved when it was suggested that we do a short American tour. Bill Graham, with his entrepreneurial and promotional skills, magically set up a number of dates in the US. Everybody came over with the exception of Steve Winwood, whose slot was taken by Joe Cocker. I’d invited Paul Rodgers to come on the ARMS tour and he graciously accepted. We had a good chemistry onstage and that added a hell of a lot to my set. At the time I had been writing some new material with Paul, including Midnight Moonlight. It was great to see Ronnie Lane again and there was a spirit of goodwill and camaraderie between the artists that endured throughout the tour.

Music Featured: Layla (ARMS - Live in New York, 1983)

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ON THIS DAY… 28 NOV 1983

I PLAYED A CONCERT IN DALLAS WITH ARMS

After the original ARMS show at the Royal Albert Hall, there was great interest from the artists involved when it was suggested that we do a short American tour. Bill Graham, with his entrepreneurial and promotional skills, magically set up a number of dates in the US. Everybody came over with the exception of Steve Winwood, whose slot was taken by Joe Cocker. I’d invited Paul Rodgers to come on the ARMS tour and he graciously accepted. We had a good chemistry onstage and that added a hell of a lot to my set. At the time I had been writing some new material with Paul, including Midnight Moonlight. It was great to see Ronnie Lane again and there was a spirit of goodwill and camaraderie between the artists that endured throughout the tour.

Music Featured: Layla (ARMS - Live in New York, 1983)

28 November 1983

28 November 1983

21 SEP 1983

I MET PRINCESS DIANA AT THE PRINCE’S TRUST EVENT AT THE ALBERT HALL

After yesterday’s euphoria at The Albert Hall, the second night was played to benefit The Prince’s Trust, Prince Charles’ charity. With the attendance of Prince Charles, and the newly on-the-scene Lady Diana Spencer, we were introduced to the royal couple before the show. Lady Diana told me she had attended a Duran Duran concert at The Albert Hall and I thought ‘Oh boy, are you in for a shock tonight!’

AUDIO: LAYLA (LIVE AT THE ALBERT HALL)

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21 SEP 1983

I MET PRINCESS DIANA AT THE PRINCE’S TRUST EVENT AT THE ALBERT HALL

After yesterday’s euphoria at The Albert Hall, the second night was played to benefit The Prince’s Trust, Prince Charles’ charity. With the attendance of Prince Charles, and the newly on-the-scene Lady Diana Spencer, we were introduced to the royal couple before the show. Lady Diana told me she had attended a Duran Duran concert at The Albert Hall and I thought ‘Oh boy, are you in for a shock tonight!’

AUDIO: LAYLA (LIVE AT THE ALBERT HALL)

21 September 1983

21 September 1983

20 SEP 1983

I PLAYED THE FIRST ARMS CONCERT AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL

Stew (Ian Stewart from the Rolling Stones) had invited me to do this concert at a party at Jeff Beck’s country home. It was to be for Ronnie Lane and the Action Research into Multiple Sclerosis, a condition to which he unfortunately had become a victim.

It had been outlined that the three former Yardbirds would be playing separate sets and maybe play together at the end of the evening. Steve Winwood was also to perform. I agreed enthusiastically to commit to the show, it was only the following day that it dawned on me that I was the only one not to have a solo career with the exception of the Death Wish II soundtrack which made putting a set together for this event an interesting and challenging experience.

The opening number was ‘Prelude’, a re-arranged Chopin prelude in E Minor, performed specifically to employ the house in-built Victorian pipe organ into the set. It was played magnificently by American James Horner. ‘City Sirens’ and ‘Who’s to Blame’ from the Death Wish II album had Steve Winwood graciously supplying vocals.

The set culminated in an instrumental version of Stairway to Heaven - the first time I had performed this on my own. Simon Phillips threw me a wink and surprised me with a double bass drum pattern to great effect.

20 SEP 1983
I PLAYED THE FIRST ARMS CONCERT AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL

Stew (Ian Stewart from the Rolling Stones) had invited me to do this concert at a party at Jeff Beck’s country home. It was to be for Ronnie Lane and the Action Research into Multiple Sclerosis, a condition to which he unfortunately had become a victim.
It had been outlined that the three former Yardbirds would be playing separate sets and maybe play together at the end of the evening. Steve Winwood was also to perform. I agreed enthusiastically to commit to the show, it was only the following day that it dawned on me that I was the only one not to have a solo career with the exception of the Death Wish II soundtrack which made putting a set together for this event an interesting and challenging experience.
The opening number was ‘Prelude’, a re-arranged Chopin prelude in E Minor, performed specifically to employ the house in-built Victorian pipe organ into the set. It was played magnificently by American James Horner. ‘City Sirens’ and ‘Who’s to Blame’ from the Death Wish II album had Steve Winwood graciously supplying vocals.
The set culminated in an instrumental version of Stairway to Heaven - the first time I had performed this on my own. Simon Phillips threw me a wink and surprised me with a double bass drum pattern to great effect.

20 SEP 1983

I PLAYED THE FIRST ARMS CONCERT AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL

Stew (Ian Stewart from the Rolling Stones) had invited me to do this concert at a party at Jeff Beck’s country home. It was to be for Ronnie Lane and the Action Research into Multiple Sclerosis, a condition to which he unfortunately had become a victim.

It had been outlined that the three former Yardbirds would be playing separate sets and maybe play together at the end of the evening. Steve Winwood was also to perform. I agreed enthusiastically to commit to the show, it was only the following day that it dawned on me that I was the only one not to have a solo career with the exception of the Death Wish II soundtrack which made putting a set together for this event an interesting and challenging experience.

The opening number was ‘Prelude’, a re-arranged Chopin prelude in E Minor, performed specifically to employ the house in-built Victorian pipe organ into the set. It was played magnificently by American James Horner. ‘City Sirens’ and ‘Who’s to Blame’ from the Death Wish II album had Steve Winwood graciously supplying vocals.

The set culminated in an instrumental version of Stairway to Heaven - the first time I had performed this on my own. Simon Phillips threw me a wink and surprised me with a double bass drum pattern to great effect.

20 September 1983

25 APR 1983

I RECORDED WITH PAUL RODGERS

Paul Rodgers had suggested recording a cover of ‘These Arms of Mine’, an Otis Reading song, for the ARMS benefit and on this day in 1983 we recorded it, along with ‘Slippin’ and Sliding’ - the old Little Richard song as a B-side. It surfaced on Bill Wyman’s Willie and the Poor Boys album and Ronnie Wood made a show on the video for this, miming on sax. The video was shot at the Brixton Academy in London. The amazing keyboard player Geraint Watkins was on the original recording but not in the video.

25 April 1983

25 April 1983

ON THIS DAY… 28 NOV 1983

I PLAYED A CONCERT IN DALLAS WITH ARMS

After the original ARMS show at the Royal Albert Hall, there was great interest from the artists involved when it was suggested that we do a short American tour. Bill Graham, with his entrepreneurial and promotional skills, magically set up a number of dates in the US. Everybody came over with the exception of Steve Winwood, whose slot was taken by Joe Cocker. I’d invited Paul Rodgers to come on the ARMS tour and he graciously accepted. We had a good chemistry onstage and that added a hell of a lot to my set. At the time I had been writing some new material with Paul, including Midnight Moonlight. It was great to see Ronnie Lane again and there was a spirit of goodwill and camaraderie between the artists that endured throughout the tour.

Music Featured: Layla (ARMS - Live in New York, 1983)

10 plays

ON THIS DAY… 28 NOV 1983

I PLAYED A CONCERT IN DALLAS WITH ARMS

After the original ARMS show at the Royal Albert Hall, there was great interest from the artists involved when it was suggested that we do a short American tour. Bill Graham, with his entrepreneurial and promotional skills, magically set up a number of dates in the US. Everybody came over with the exception of Steve Winwood, whose slot was taken by Joe Cocker. I’d invited Paul Rodgers to come on the ARMS tour and he graciously accepted. We had a good chemistry onstage and that added a hell of a lot to my set. At the time I had been writing some new material with Paul, including Midnight Moonlight. It was great to see Ronnie Lane again and there was a spirit of goodwill and camaraderie between the artists that endured throughout the tour.

Music Featured: Layla (ARMS - Live in New York, 1983)

28 November 1983

28 November 1983

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21 SEP 1983

I MET PRINCESS DIANA AT THE PRINCE’S TRUST EVENT AT THE ALBERT HALL

After yesterday’s euphoria at The Albert Hall, the second night was played to benefit The Prince’s Trust, Prince Charles’ charity. With the attendance of Prince Charles, and the newly on-the-scene Lady Diana Spencer, we were introduced to the royal couple before the show. Lady Diana told me she had attended a Duran Duran concert at The Albert Hall and I thought ‘Oh boy, are you in for a shock tonight!’

AUDIO: LAYLA (LIVE AT THE ALBERT HALL)