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

ON THIS DAY… 16 NOV 1984
I APPEARED WITH ROY HARPER ON THE OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST

After having ascended the substantial height of Scafell Pike in the Lake District - the highest mountain in England - Roy Harper and I performed ‘The Same Old Rock’, where Mark Ellen from the BBC was in attendance, looking suspiciously like Paul McCartney. Needless to say, there had to be a duality in this because they switch from us on the mountain to the then new boys on the block Depeche Mode, a keyboard synthesiser band sitting in the comfort of the BBC studio criticising two acoustic guitar players up a mountain! To which my response was: “let’s see them come up here with their battery packs and have a go!”

ON THIS DAY… 16 NOV 1984

I APPEARED WITH ROY HARPER ON THE OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST

After having ascended the substantial height of Scafell Pike in the Lake District - the highest mountain in England - Roy Harper and I performed ‘The Same Old Rock’, where Mark Ellen from the BBC was in attendance, looking suspiciously like Paul McCartney. Needless to say, there had to be a duality in this because they switch from us on the mountain to the then new boys on the block Depeche Mode, a keyboard synthesiser band sitting in the comfort of the BBC studio criticising two acoustic guitar players up a mountain! To which my response was: “let’s see them come up here with their battery packs and have a go!”

ON THIS DAY… 16 NOV 1984

I APPEARED WITH ROY HARPER ON THE OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST

After having ascended the substantial height of Scafell Pike in the Lake District - the highest mountain in England - Roy Harper and I performed ‘The Same Old Rock’, where Mark Ellen from the BBC was in attendance, looking suspiciously like Paul McCartney. Needless to say, there had to be a duality in this because they switch from us on the mountain to the then new boys on the block Depeche Mode, a keyboard synthesiser band sitting in the comfort of the BBC studio criticising two acoustic guitar players up a mountain! To which my response was: “let’s see them come up here with their battery packs and have a go!”

16 November 1984

16 November 1984

04 NOV 2010

I ATTENDED THE LAUNCH PARTY FOR MY BOOK ‘JIMMY PAGE BY JIMMY PAGE’

There was a launch party at Elms Lesters Painting Rooms in the ancient parish of St Giles in London’s West End for the Genesis publication of my first official book; an autobiography in photos and chronological history. I was told that this was the first time that one of their editions had sold out pre-publication. It gave me an opportunity to meet up with some old band mates, pre-art college, that were featured in the book. 

6: JP, BILL WYMAN, SIR PETER BLAKE, RONNIE WOOD AND MIKE MCGEAR

7: JP, ANA ARAUJO AND RONNIE WOOD

8: JP AND ROY HARPER

9: JP AND MICK RALPHS

10: DAVE BROLAN, PETE MAKOWSKI, ROSS HALFIN, KAZUYO HORIE, JP, CATHERINE ROYLANCE AND NICK ROYLANCE

4 November 2010

4 November 2010

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28 JUL 1984

I PLAY THE CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL WITH ROY HARPER

I played with Roy an afternoon acoustic set and evening electric set at the Cambridge folk festival.  Both sets were received with rapturous applause. I was already aware of Breton folk artist Alan Stivell but was really impressed with his set that day.

MUSIC FEATURED: SHORT AND SWEET

SETLIST

AFTERNOON SET:

1 - Short And Sweet
2 - Referendum (Legend)
3 - Elizabeth
4 - Advertisement (Another Intentional Irrelevant Suicide)
5 - Highway Blues
6 - Fly Catcher
7 - True Story
8 - The Game

EVENING SET:

1 - One Of Those Days In England
2 - Hangman
3 - The Same Old Rock

28 July 1984

06 MAY 1984
I PLAYED WITH ROY HARPER AT THE MAY TREE FAIR FESTIVAL, THETFORD, UK

I was introduced as James MacGregor (The Outlaw Clan) and I played Highway Blues, 20th Century Man, Hangman and Elizabeth. It was a fine gesture of the farmer to have the festival on his land. Some New Age travellers refused to leave and one final straggler set his dogs on the farmer, so gratitude was not high on his moral agenda.

06 MAY 1984

I PLAYED WITH ROY HARPER AT THE MAY TREE FAIR FESTIVAL, THETFORD, UK

I was introduced as James MacGregor (The Outlaw Clan) and I played Highway Blues, 20th Century Man, Hangman and Elizabeth. It was a fine gesture of the farmer to have the festival on his land. Some New Age travellers refused to leave and one final straggler set his dogs on the farmer, so gratitude was not high on his moral agenda.

6 May 1984

6 May 1984

ON THIS DAY… 01 MAY 1971
ROY HARPER RELEASED HIS ALBUM ‘STORMCOCK’

The stormcock, being the only bird reputed to sing through a raging storm. I played on a track called ‘The Same Old Rock’. The engineer was John Leckie. I vividly remember Roy playing this song to me for the first time and it was an heroic epic of Roy proportions. I’ve always been happy with my contribution to Roy’s remarkable work. On the credits of this album, Roy gave me the pseudonym ‘S. Flavius Mercurius’!

ON THIS DAY… 01 MAY 1971

ROY HARPER RELEASED HIS ALBUM ‘STORMCOCK’

The stormcock, being the only bird reputed to sing through a raging storm. I played on a track called ‘The Same Old Rock’. The engineer was John Leckie. I vividly remember Roy playing this song to me for the first time and it was an heroic epic of Roy proportions. I’ve always been happy with my contribution to Roy’s remarkable work. On the credits of this album, Roy gave me the pseudonym ‘S. Flavius Mercurius’!

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ON THIS DAY… 01 MAY 1971

ROY HARPER RELEASED HIS ALBUM ‘STORMCOCK’

The stormcock, being the only bird reputed to sing through a raging storm. I played on a track called ‘The Same Old Rock’. The engineer was John Leckie. I vividly remember Roy playing this song to me for the first time and it was an heroic epic of Roy proportions. I’ve always been happy with my contribution to Roy’s remarkable work. On the credits of this album, Roy gave me the pseudonym ‘S. Flavius Mercurius’!

1 May 1971

1 May 1971

14 Feb 1974
I joined Roy Harper at the Valentine concert in Finsbury Park, London

Roy Harper’s Valentine concert was at the Rainbow Theatre in Finsbury Park in 1974 and I joined him on this memorable gig. During the acoustic part of this set, I played ‘Male Chauvinist Pig Blues’ and then both Roy and I switched to electric when we played ‘Too Many Movies’ and ‘Home’ with the classic rhythm section of Keith Moon on drums and Ronnie Lane on bass. We rehearsed earlier that afternoon.
Roy had an award made for that evening: ‘The Harpic Award’ for the contributing musicians. John Bonham became the MC and they were duly distributed. Harpic was an affectionate name for Roy.

14 Feb 1974

I joined Roy Harper at the Valentine concert in Finsbury Park, London

Roy Harper’s Valentine concert was at the Rainbow Theatre in Finsbury Park in 1974 and I joined him on this memorable gig. During the acoustic part of this set, I played ‘Male Chauvinist Pig Blues’ and then both Roy and I switched to electric when we played ‘Too Many Movies’ and ‘Home’ with the classic rhythm section of Keith Moon on drums and Ronnie Lane on bass. We rehearsed earlier that afternoon.

Roy had an award made for that evening: ‘The Harpic Award’ for the contributing musicians. John Bonham became the MC and they were duly distributed. Harpic was an affectionate name for Roy.