ON THIS DAY… 02 DEC 1966

I PLAYED ON DONOVAN’S SUNSHINE SUPERMAN

In 1965, I was asked to be on a session at Kingsway Studios, Holborn, London. It was for Donovan. One of the songs recorded that afternoon was Sunshine Superman; it was a massive hit in the UK and the US. I got to work with Donovan as a hired hand on a number of tracks on Hurdy Gurdy Man.
In June 2011, I was asked to play Sunshine Superman with Donovan at the Royal Albert Hall. It was a concert of many textures and colours, a tapestry of delights as the Sunshine Troubador showcase his illustrious career.

AUDIO: Sunshine Superman (Donovan)

ON THIS DAY… 02 DEC 1966

I PLAYED ON DONOVAN’S SUNSHINE SUPERMAN

In 1965, I was asked to be on a session at Kingsway Studios, Holborn, London. It was for Donovan. One of the songs recorded that afternoon was Sunshine Superman; it was a massive hit in the UK and the US. I got to work with Donovan as a hired hand on a number of tracks on Hurdy Gurdy Man.

In June 2011, I was asked to play Sunshine Superman with Donovan at the Royal Albert Hall. It was a concert of many textures and colours, a tapestry of delights as the Sunshine Troubador showcase his illustrious career.

AUDIO: Sunshine Superman (Donovan)

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ON THIS DAY… 02 DEC 1966

I PLAYED ON DONOVAN’S SUNSHINE SUPERMAN

In 1965, I was asked to be on a session at Kingsway Studios, Holborn, London. It was for Donovan. One of the songs recorded that afternoon was Sunshine Superman; it was a massive hit in the UK and the US. I got to work with Donovan as a hired hand on a number of tracks on Hurdy Gurdy Man.

In June 2011, I was asked to play Sunshine Superman with Donovan at the Royal Albert Hall. It was a concert of many textures and colours, a tapestry of delights as the Sunshine Troubador showcase his illustrious career.

AUDIO: Sunshine Superman (Donovan)

2 December 1966

2 December 1966

01 JUL 1967
I played The Roundhouse, London with The Yardbirds

The Yardbirds played much psychedelia at the famed and respected Chalk Farm venue in London. The Roundhouse was in fact a Victorian building originally containing a railway turntable. I guess the trains kept ‘a rolling.

01 JUL 1967

I played The Roundhouse, London with The Yardbirds

The Yardbirds played much psychedelia at the famed and respected Chalk Farm venue in London. The Roundhouse was in fact a Victorian building originally containing a railway turntable. I guess the trains kept ‘a rolling.

ON THIS DAY… 30 JUN 1990

I PLAYED AT KNEBWORTH WITH ROBERT PLANT FOR THE NORDOFF ROBBINS SILVER CLEF AWARD

On this day in 1990, I played at the Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef awards show. Nordoff Robbins is a music therapy charity. I guested with Robert Plant who had been Cleffed! Also on the bill was Cliff Richard and The Shadows, Dire Straits, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Genesis, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Status Quo and Tears for Fears

Our set consisted of: ‘Hurting Kind’ / ‘Tall Cool One’ / ‘Wearing and Tearing’ / ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’. ‘Wearing and Tearing’ was performed live by Robert and myself for the first time.

I had an opportunity to speak with the Cobbold family, who owned Knebworth House, and of Edward Bulwer-Lytton, the 19th Century author, who wrote ‘Zanoni’ (1842) and ‘A Strange Story’ (1862). They told me his library was still in existence in the house.

30 June 1990

30 June 1990

29 JUN 1995
PAGE AND PLANT PLAYED ROSKILDE FESTIVAL, DENMARK

Roskilde was one of the best festivals to play. The audience were adorned with buoyant flags and magnetic enthusiasm.

29 JUN 1995

PAGE AND PLANT PLAYED ROSKILDE FESTIVAL, DENMARK

Roskilde was one of the best festivals to play. The audience were adorned with buoyant flags and magnetic enthusiasm.

29 June 1995

29 June 1995

ON THIS DAY… 28 JUN 1969

LED ZEPPELIN PLAYED BATH, UK

Led Zeppelin played at the Bath Festival twice - once in 1969 and once in 1970 - and both concerts coincided on the 28th June. In 1969, Led Zeppelin were within the bill, but I remember seeing The Nice play with Keith Emerson for the first time. He was phenomenal to watch at that time, stabbing the keyboard with knives to set up a drone, whilst playing and improvising over it. Rocking the organ backwards and forward, switching it on and off, making it alter in pitch and defying gravity. At this time he was the Hendrix of the Hammond organ. Fantastic.

In 1970, we played and it was really cold. The people at the front of the audience were covered by sleeping bags, coats and blankets to keep them warm. It was because of the cold weather that I wore my overcoat and hat that day. It was an honest statement.

This was around the Bron-y-aur and third album period, so material was played hot off the press. We started with ‘Immigrant Song’ and were relentless in showing why we deserved to be top of the bill. Here’s a setlist.

There was an attempt to film this, but, as we preferred to play at dusk, the filming was unsuccessful as the film crew had brought daylight film - as opposed to the High Speed film needed to capture night filming.

Sir Peter Blake told me that he attended both of these concerts.

28 June 1969

28 June 1969

27 JUN 1999
I PERFORMED AT ‘SCREAM’ AT THE CAFE DE PARIS, LONDON

On this day in 1999, I played at the ‘Scream’ event for the charities Task Brasil and ABC Trust at the Café de Paris in London. Also volunteering for that evening were the feisty Stereophonics; it was an early outing in London for them, and everybody took notice that night. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry from Aerosmith jammed a few numbers with me, as did Chris and Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes. It was really kind of all these guys to help the event out and make it one incredible concert. It was as a result of this event that I was to team up and tour with the Black Crowes in the US.

PHOTO: Ross Halfin © 1999

27 JUN 1999

I PERFORMED AT ‘SCREAM’ AT THE CAFE DE PARIS, LONDON

On this day in 1999, I played at the ‘Scream’ event for the charities Task Brasil and ABC Trust at the Café de Paris in London. Also volunteering for that evening were the feisty Stereophonics; it was an early outing in London for them, and everybody took notice that night. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry from Aerosmith jammed a few numbers with me, as did Chris and Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes. It was really kind of all these guys to help the event out and make it one incredible concert. It was as a result of this event that I was to team up and tour with the Black Crowes in the US.

PHOTO: Ross Halfin © 1999

27 June 1999

27 June 1999

26 JUN 1998

SYNCHRONICITY IN AUBURN HILLS

On this day in 1998, Page & Plant played The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit and two years later I played with The Black Crowes at the same venue on the same day.

26 June 1998, 2000

26 June 1998, 2000

ON THIS DAY… 25 JUN 1995

PAGE AND PLANT PLAYED GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL ‘95

I played Glastonbury Festival with Robert Plant and our coat of many musical colours. Broadcasted on TV & Radio, it was a little windy that day and the elements made sport with the wind bombarding the sound as it released from the PA speakers and drifted all over the place. But it was exhilarating to play Glastonbury and we played really well to a really enthusiastic audience who were willing us on.