Jimmy Page Pays Tribute to Ronnie Lane
Jimmy Page is paying his respects to Ronnie Lane, the former bass player for Small Faces and the Faces, with a special note to fans recalling a benefit concert he performed at 28 years ago today (Nov. 28).
Page posted a note on his website talking about the original ARMS (Action into Research for Multiple Sclerosis) concert that Lane set up for Sept. 21 of that same year, 1983, in London. That benefit featured performances by Page, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, and a host of other major artists (hear some of the great sounds on Page's website).
"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," writes Page. "Everybody came over with the exception of Steve Winwood, whose slot was taken by Joe Cocker."
Lane died of multiple sclerosis in 1997, but Page says the memories of him and the concerts live on.
"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," Page writes.