ON THIS DAY… 06 JAN 1975
I planned to play Boston Garden with Led Zeppelin

On researching for this website, I discovered that on January 6th 1975 there had been an incident at the Box Office at Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts that had involved a sale / non-sale of tickets to thousands of fans. Police were called and it all ended with the scheduled Led Zeppelin show being cancelled by Mayor Kevin H White (who saw red) and, even more, there was apparently a five-year ban put on the band playing the venue. I was blissfully unaware of any of these shenanigans, but the Mayor was, by all accounts, a Rolling Stones fan! I played in Boston again in 1995 at The Fleet Center with Page & Plant.

ON THIS DAY… 06 JAN 1975

I planned to play Boston Garden with Led Zeppelin

On researching for this website, I discovered that on January 6th 1975 there had been an incident at the Box Office at Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts that had involved a sale / non-sale of tickets to thousands of fans. Police were called and it all ended with the scheduled Led Zeppelin show being cancelled by Mayor Kevin H White (who saw red) and, even more, there was apparently a five-year ban put on the band playing the venue. I was blissfully unaware of any of these shenanigans, but the Mayor was, by all accounts, a Rolling Stones fan! I played in Boston again in 1995 at The Fleet Center with Page & Plant.

6 January 1975

6 January 1975

On this day… 07 Dec 1997

I PERFORMED AT THE CAFÉ DE PARIS WITH ROBERT PLANT

On this day in 1997, I played a benefit for the charity War Child with Robert Plant on vocals, Michael Lee on drums and Charlie Jones on bass. The set was:

Ramble On
Move It
Over the Hills and Far Away
Thank You
Crossroads

I think this clip says it all…

7 December 1997

7 December 1997

ON THIS DAY… 30 NOV 1996

I APPEARED ON CHANNEL V WITH ROBERT PLANT

Robert Plant and I had been invited to accept an award from Channel V - India’s premier music channel - and we had won an award for longevity.

The highlight of the show were to be Los Del Rios, whose ‘Macarena’ song was a global hit at the time. Unfortunately at the last minute the duo pulled out of the trip as one of them had developed a sore throat; which was quite ironic considering they were going to mime. As it was, the chief dancer and choreographer of their video was to perform the song on her own. I believe this was the first time Channel V was doing this on an international level and now they had a bit of problem. They approached us to do something and of course we didn’t have any instruments and hadn’t rehearsed. It was suggested that we could mime Rock’n’Roll with Roger Taylor from Queen on drums (who was there to accept an award on behalf of Freddie Mercury) and a bass player from Goa.

We agreed to it and did a quick rehearsal, I felt sorry for Channel V that they’d been let down by the Macarena boys. During the rehearsals the Goan bass player was well behaved but when it came to the show he suddenly developed a dose of Saint Vitus Dance and transformed into Billy Whiz crossed with the Flash. He couldn’t stop moving throughout the song and made it even more of a pantomime than it already was. But hey we did it and it was real good to be part of this special award show which is still being aired today.

ON THIS DAY… 30 NOV 1996

I APPEARED ON CHANNEL V WITH ROBERT PLANT

Robert Plant and I had been invited to accept an award from Channel V - India’s premier music channel - and we had won an award for longevity.

The highlight of the show were to be Los Del Rios, whose ‘Macarena’ song was a global hit at the time. Unfortunately at the last minute the duo pulled out of the trip as one of them had developed a sore throat; which was quite ironic considering they were going to mime. As it was, the chief dancer and choreographer of their video was to perform the song on her own. I believe this was the first time Channel V was doing this on an international level and now they had a bit of problem. They approached us to do something and of course we didn’t have any instruments and hadn’t rehearsed. It was suggested that we could mime Rock’n’Roll with Roger Taylor from Queen on drums (who was there to accept an award on behalf of Freddie Mercury) and a bass player from Goa.

We agreed to it and did a quick rehearsal, I felt sorry for Channel V that they’d been let down by the Macarena boys. During the rehearsals the Goan bass player was well behaved but when it came to the show he suddenly developed a dose of Saint Vitus Dance and transformed into Billy Whiz crossed with the Flash. He couldn’t stop moving throughout the song and made it even more of a pantomime than it already was. But hey we did it and it was real good to be part of this special award show which is still being aired today.

VIDEO

30 November 1996

30 November 1996

ON THIS DAY… 24 NOV 1984

I PLAYED THE ROCK GARDEN, LONDON WITH ROY HARPER

On this day in 1984, I played the Rock Garden with Roy Harper, in what was the recently opened Covent Garden complex in London. Roy had given me an Ovation 1984 model and I played this guitar with him on the set.

Ten years later on the same day, after a day of various radio, TV and print interviews, Robert Plant and I were scheduled to appear on Ipanema Beach for a showing of Unledded. Unfortunately, the security was so wobbly, we pulled out. It was quite ironic the following day to see one of the newspapers Jornal Do Brasil accidentally referring to the No Quarter project as ‘No Quartet’.

24 November 1984

24 November 1984

23 NOV 1998

I PLAYED MUNICH OLYMPIAHALLE WITH ROBERT PLANT

On this day in 1998, Page and Plant played at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany, using the ‘Stripped down and personal approach’ on the ‘Walking into Everywhere’ tour. So walking into the Olympiahalle that night we played a substantial set:

23 November 1998

23 November 1998

19 NOV 1994

I SAW AEROSMITH IN BUENOS AIRES

Having come from Australia, I arrived in Argentina at the beautiful city of Buenos Aires to continue more press for the Unledded project. That evening I went to see my old friends Aerosmith at the Vélez Sarsfield Athletic Club on their ‘Get a Grip’ tour. I got to re-affirm what a privilege it is to be able to play to an audience that passionate about music. Buenos Aires rocks in that respect. I was to experience this for myself when I played this city with Page and Plant on the No Quarter project in January 1996. Watch video

19 NOV 1994

I SAW AEROSMITH IN BUENOS AIRES

Having come from Australia, I arrived in Argentina at the beautiful city of Buenos Aires to continue more press for the Unledded project. That evening I went to see my old friends Aerosmith at the Vélez Sarsfield Athletic Club on their ‘Get a Grip’ tour. I got to re-affirm what a privilege it is to be able to play to an audience that passionate about music. Buenos Aires rocks in that respect. I was to experience this for myself when I played this city with Page and Plant on the No Quarter project in January 1996.

19 November 1994

19 November 1994

ON THIS DAY… 17 NOV 1994

I appeared with Robert Plant on the Andrew Denton Show

On this day in 1994, I appeared with Robert Plant on the Andrew Denton Show on the Seven Network in Australia during the ‘round the world’ promo for Unledded. We incorporated some didgeridoo players to help us through a version of ‘Sun Arise’ which was a tribute to Rolf Harris. Andrew Denton was a very bright man and on his previous award winning series ‘The Money or the Gun’ each of the 26 shows had a special guest invited to do anything they wanted providing it was ‘Stairway To Heaven’ and consequently, ‘Stairway’ moved into the genres of Opera, The Doors, theatrical monologue, The B52’s and amongst others, Rolf Harris. So, for those who heard Rolf Harris’ amusing version in isolation, you may now get the idea of Denton’s master plan. It was an amusing idea and good to be on his show to share the humour.

Watch Page and Plant’s appearance on the Andrew Denton Show

INTERVIEW   |   BLACK DOG   |   SUN ARISE

AUDIO: Stairway To Heaven (Nick Barker and the Reptiles - from The Money or the Gun)