ON THIS DAY… 13 JAN 2010

A Peace Concert in Beijing was announced

There had been a move to do a Peace Concert, hosted by the Chinese Government, at the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing and I had been invited to appear. There had been a full-size classical orchestra offered and I saw a possibility of doing an instrumental set including Chengdu percussion and the orchestra. It could have been an interesting blend.

There had been a meeting with some officials where it was said that they would need to see the artists’ lyrics up front and I thought that was fair enough, but a Peace Concert in Beijing could have had its moments of mischief. It was fascinating to see how it might proceed; in fact, after a postponement from 17/04/10 to 11/11/11, it ran out of steam. At the press conference at the Beijing Ritz I was given an award called ‘Pathways To Peace’ - it was the first time the award was given from the United Nations.

09 JAN 1970

I PLAYED THE ALBERT HALL WITH LED ZEPPELIN

Every member of the band was nervous and for good reason. We had played the Albert Hall previously on the Pop Proms, but today in 1970 we were to headline our own show at the most prestigious venue at that time. During the previous year we had been putting in a lot of time in America and recorded the second album, released on 22nd October 1969. It was going to be a critical test of our ability; not only to our fans, but to the press and our families and all in attendance that evening. That evening I met Charlotte, my daughter Scarlet’s mother.

Also on this day in 1969 was the first night at The Fillmore in San Fransisco; my birthday and an historic night for Led Zeppelin.

ON THIS DAY… 08 JAN 1965

BOBBY GRAHAM RELEASED ‘SKIN DEEP’/’ZOOM, WIDGE AND WAG’

Today sees the 1965 release of ‘Skin Deep’ / ‘Zoom, Widge And Wag’ by Bobby Graham, the legendary session drummer who had played with Joe Brown and the Bruvvers prior to his session work, which included:

- ‘You Really Got Me’ (The Kinks)
- ‘Downtown’ (Petula Clark)
- ‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’ (Dusty Springfield)
- ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’ (The Walker Brothers)
- ‘Hold Me’ (P.J. Proby)
- ‘Bits and Pieces’ (The Dave Clark Five)

He had been given a solo deal and his first single was ‘Skin Deep’ - a classic Gene Krupa number - and I wrote the b-side with him: Zoom was his wife, Widge his daughter and Wag their dog. Bobby died in September 2009. I miss him - he was a passionate drummer who understood his drums and how to inject energy into a session.

The footage was Bobby’s and shows the original location of Olympic Studios, previously a synagogue in Carlton Mews near Baker Street in London; it shows he and I arriving. Bobby went on to produce amongst others, The Pretty Things’ Don’t Bring Me Down and the infamous Mandy Rice-Davies, however I wasn’t invited to that session.

AUDIO: Zoom, Widge and Wag (Bobby Graham)

02 JAN 1963

'DIAMONDS' BY JET HARRIS AND TONY MEEHAN WAS RELEASED

One of the first sessions that I had done in 1962 was courtesy of fellow Epsom resident Glyn Johns, the recording engineer who had rode me in on this. It was recorded at London’s iconic IBC Studio, a Robert Adam building in Portland Place, London. I played acoustic guitar on this one - a first solo venture by Shadows drummer Tony Meehan and bass icon Jet Harris. It went to Number 1 in the charts for three weeks in the UK in January 1963.

NEW YEAR’S DAY: YEAR OF THE MUSE

Here’s wishing everyone out there a Happy New Year. May 2013 fulfil all your hopes and dreams.

14 DEC 1993

I PLAYED THE BUDOKAN, TOKYO WITH DAVID COVERDALE

After rehearsing in LA with David Coverdale, we played the first show of a seven-date Japanese tour at the Budokan. We were here to promote the Coverdale Page album. In the set I played some of David’s material from Whitesnake, including ‘Still of the Night’ (yes, Zeppelinesque, but so well put together), along with Led Zeppelin and the new material from the Coverdale Page album. SETLIST

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…

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… 18 NOV 1966

I PLAYED THE MICHIGAN STATE FAIR WITH THE YARDBIRDS

The Yardbirds played Michigan State Fair in Detroit, MI, where Dick Clark made an appearance to check in with his Caravan of Stars! This gave me an opportunity to meet Andy Warhol again, who had come to the fair to present the Velvet Underground.

VIDEO: Velvet Underground - I´m Waiting For The Man

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)

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)

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)

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… 08 NOV 1994

I APPEARED ON JOOLS HOLLAND’S SHOW WITH ROBERT PLANT

On this day in 1994, I appeared on Later with Jools Holland along with Robert Plant and the The Unledded orchestral ensemble; band, extra percussion, Hammond organ, hurdy gurdy and violins courtesy of our Egyptian friends.

We were introduced as ‘half of Led Zeppelin’. But no matter, we performed Four Sticks, Wonderful One and Gallows Pole. This is the first reunion of the musicians after the Unledded recording at LWT that make up the DVD and beginning to roll on what would be an extensive world tour. It was a spirited version of Four Sticks, but a crap sound balance.

WATCH PERFORMANCE [FOUR STICKS (LATER WITH JOOLS HOLLAND, 1994) AND THE WANTON SONG (LATER WITH JOOLS HOLLAND, 1998)]

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ON THIS DAY… 07 NOV 2001

I APPEARED AT THE MTV AWARDS IN FRANKFURT

I was asked to play with Fred Durst at the MTV awards ceremony in Frankfurt. His band Limp Bizkit were to receive three awards that night. Fred also had singer and guitarist Wes Scantlin from Puddle of Mudd with him and the three of us performed ‘Thank You’ for the show. There was a point backstage when we all paused to look at the TV monitors when Kylie Minogue was performing ‘Cant Get You Out Of My Head’.

WATCH VIDEO OF JIMMY JOINING FRED DURST AND WES SCANTLIN ON-STAGE FOR ‘THANK YOU’