Jimmy Page launched his highly scrutinized first solo tour on Nov. 21, 1988, at the Hummingbird in Birmingham, England, by playing new versions of Led Zeppelin's 'Over the Hills and Far Away' and 'Stairway to Heaven,' among other songs.
The 12.12.12 benefit concert united some of rock's heaviest hitters to help raise money for Hurricane Sandy's victims -- but according to producer and film executive Harvey Weinstein, it could have been even more of a star-studded affair.
Jimmy Page was a band player before he started Led Zeppelin, and he returned to the group ranks after Zeppelin's breakup in 1980, starting the Firm with former Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers. But by the late '80s, he was ready to step out on his own.
Reddit's 'Ask Me Anything' interviews (AMAs for short) have become something of a rite of passage for public figures -- not to mention a fascinating forum for sharing interesting and/or useful information. On Thursday (April 18), Q Prime Management's Peter Mensch sat for an AMA, and offered a few tantalizing tidbits about activity in the Led Zeppelin camp.
Before Jimmy Page cemented his legacy as the mastermind behind one of rock's greatest supergroups, the Firm (just kidding!), he was a much in-demand studio guitarist whose work appears -- sometimes uncredited -- on famous songs by the Who, the Kinks and many others.
By 1981, two of the most successful and influential British rock groups of the '70s -- Led Zeppelin and Yes -- had come to an end, and the members of each band were all looking for new opportunities. In April 1981, former Yes drummer Alan White and bassist Chris Squire got together with Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page for a proposed supergroup called XYZ -- which could have also included Robert Plant, but never quite got off the ground.
Today (April 1), we honor the birth date of one of the most beloved musicians of his era, Ronnie Lane. This Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rocker was a driving force in two British bands of note, the Small Faces and later, the Faces, being joined by singer Rod Stewart and guitarist Ron Wood. Ronnie Lane often brought folk-based songwriting and sensibilities to the bands he joined, giving his songs a organic feel that was very reflective of the times that he lived in.
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