ON THIS DAY… 20 AUG 1990

I PLAYED THE MARQUEE CLUB WITH AEROSMITH

Following an appearance at Donington I had agreed, and was looking forward, to playing the Marquee Club with Aerosmith. This was the third location of this famous blues and rock club, now in Charing Cross Road. The previous location, having been in Wardour Street (where I played with The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin) and the original site, being in Oxford Street (where I’d been playing in the interval band on the Thursday blues night).

So actually, I got a chance to play all the Marquee locations, but the interior of the Charing Cross Road location appeared to faithfully replicate the Wardour Street site with the cigarette and beer stained carpets and people passed out on the floor!

ON THIS DAY… 20 AUG 1990

I PLAYED THE MARQUEE CLUB WITH AEROSMITH

Following an appearance at Donington I had agreed, and was looking forward, to playing the Marquee Club with Aerosmith. This was the third location of this famous blues and rock club, now in Charing Cross Road. The previous location, having been in Wardour Street (where I played with The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin) and the original site, being in Oxford Street (where I’d been playing in the interval band on the Thursday blues night).

So actually, I got a chance to play all the Marquee locations, but the interior of the Charing Cross Road location appeared to faithfully replicate the Wardour Street site with the cigarette and beer stained carpets and people passed out on the floor!

20 August 1990

20 August 1990

ON THIS DAY… 21 JUN 1966

I PLAYED MY FIRST SHOW WITH THE YARDBIRDS AT MARQUEE CLUB, LONDON

In the summer of 1966, Jeff Beck had invited me to a Yardbirds show at the May Ball at Queen’s College, Oxford, where the band were to perform in a giant marquee. They were really playing well that night but the audience of penguin-suited university bods were mainly unreceptive and too busy being loud drunks. During the set, Keith Relf became disenchanted with the audience and morphed into what would later be termed a punk, with colourful language and insults to what was a drunken bunch of Hoorays. Keith was wobbling but he finished the set with suitable angst. I thought he was brilliant under the circumstances, but Paul Samwell Smith left the band that evening.

Three days after the Oxford gig, on this day in ‘66, The Yardbirds had this date at London’s Marquee club with no bass player. In the event that Paul was not going to return, I volunteered to play bass with them. This was my debut. It was not an easy job to fill the massive powerhouse role set by Paul Samwell Smith, but I pulled it off.

21 June 1966

21 June 1966

18 OCT 1999

I PLAYED THE GREEK THEATRE WITH THE BLACK CROWES

Today in 1999, we performed both Led Zeppelin and Black Crowes material. Unfortunately, The Black Crowes’ label, Columbia, hit them with a re-record clause on their material so it wasn’t to surface on the ‘Live at the Greek’ album. Read review

Also on this day in 1968, Led Zeppelin played its first ever date at the Marquee Club in London.

18 October 1999

18 October 1999

ON THIS DAY… 20 AUG 1990

I PLAYED THE MARQUEE CLUB WITH AEROSMITH

Following an appearance at Donington I had agreed, and was looking forward, to playing the Marquee Club with Aerosmith. This was the third location of this famous blues and rock club, now in Charing Cross Road. The previous location, having been in Wardour Street (where I played with The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin) and the original site, being in Oxford Street (where I’d been playing in the interval band on the Thursday blues night).

So actually, I got a chance to play all the Marquee locations, but the interior of the Charing Cross Road location appeared to faithfully replicate the Wardour Street site with the cigarette and beer stained carpets and people passed out on the floor!

20 August 1990