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.

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30 November 1996

30 November 1996

29 NOV 1985
I PLAYED STOCKHOLM WITH THE FIRM

After the ARMS tour, Paul and I decided to make some music together. The Firm recorded an album and here we are on the first date of what was to be a substantial tour of Europe and the Americas. We were really looking forward to this gig. The band was good, the material was good, the audience was good. There is no doubt that there is a Swedish aesthetic and when you looked out into the audience it was inspiring to say the least.

29 NOV 1985

I PLAYED STOCKHOLM WITH THE FIRM

After the ARMS tour, Paul and I decided to make some music together. The Firm recorded an album and here we are on the first date of what was to be a substantial tour of Europe and the Americas. We were really looking forward to this gig. The band was good, the material was good, the audience was good. There is no doubt that there is a Swedish aesthetic and when you looked out into the audience it was inspiring to say the least.

29 November 1985

29 November 1985

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

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27 NOV 1961

I PLAYED HOLLOWAY PRISON WITH NEIL CHRISTIAN AND THE CRUSADERS

During my time with Neil Christian and the Crusaders, the band had somehow managed to get a booking to do a concert at Holloway Women’s Prison, London. Before playing we had to go to the Governor’s office where she asked us to give our word that if we knew anyone on the inside we would keep it a secret on the outside. We played a show to the inmates who were dressed in washed out yellow, green, blue and red faded floral print dresses and wearing homemade mascara, using the charcoal from burnt matches. After the show it became evident that quite a large percentage of the women enjoyed themselves as by the time we got back to the Governor’s office we could hear the prisoners rioting. But strangely the Governor appeared oblivious to the hubbub.

AUDIO: Hall Of The Mountain King (Neil Christian and the Crusaders)

27 NOV 1961

I PLAYED HOLLOWAY PRISON WITH NEIL CHRISTIAN AND THE CRUSADERS

During my time with Neil Christian and the Crusaders, the band had somehow managed to get a booking to do a concert at Holloway Women’s Prison, London. Before playing we had to go to the Governor’s office where she asked us to give our word that if we knew anyone on the inside we would keep it a secret on the outside. We played a show to the inmates who were dressed in washed out yellow, green, blue and red faded floral print dresses and wearing homemade mascara, using the charcoal from burnt matches. After the show it became evident that quite a large percentage of the women enjoyed themselves as by the time we got back to the Governor’s office we could hear the prisoners rioting. But strangely the Governor appeared oblivious to the hubbub.

AUDIO: Hall Of The Mountain King (Neil Christian and the Crusaders)

27 November 1961

27 November 1961

ON THIS DAY… 25 NOV 1988
I PLAY THE HAMMERSMITH ODEON WITH OUTRIDER

Today the Outrider tour passed through London at the Hammersmith Odeon. The building dates back to 1932 in the classic art deco style of that period for prominent cinema theatres; but now a firm favourite of many groups to play. It was a sympathetic venue for this kind of show. It has been named Labatt’s Apollo, Carling Apollo, Hammersmith Apollo, the HMV Apollo. No matter what it is called, it will always be a bastion of rock and roll venues.

ON THIS DAY… 25 NOV 1988

I PLAY THE HAMMERSMITH ODEON WITH OUTRIDER

Today the Outrider tour passed through London at the Hammersmith Odeon. The building dates back to 1932 in the classic art deco style of that period for prominent cinema theatres; but now a firm favourite of many groups to play. It was a sympathetic venue for this kind of show. It has been named Labatt’s Apollo, Carling Apollo, Hammersmith Apollo, the HMV Apollo. No matter what it is called, it will always be a bastion of rock and roll venues.

25 November 1988

25 November 1988

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