Light & Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page is available now at the Guitar World Online Store. This “oral autobiography” of Jimmy Page, the intensely private mastermind behind Led Zeppelin — one of the most enduring bands in rock history — is the most complete and revelatory portrait of the legendary guitarist ever published.
Ever want to know what an early Led Zeppelin concert experience was like? We've got you covered. Below, you can check out some video from a March 17, 1969, Led Zeppelin TV appearance. In the US, their self-titled debut album was almost three months old; however, it wouldn't be released in the UK for another two weeks.
Before he wielded the hammer of the gods—and a Les Paul—as a member of mighty Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page was a Telecaster-wielding Yardbird. Today we turn our attention to Page's best guitar work with his former band. Fortunately, we don't have very far to look, since Page recorded only one album with the band—1967's Little Games.
But it's also the year rock fans got to see a particularly extraordinary assemblage of iconic musicians on one stage. I'm talking about that special night when Metallica, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Joe Perry, Ronnie Wood, Flea—and some other bipeds—performed "Train Kept A-Rollin'" at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
When Jimmy Page wraps up Led Zeppelin’s reissue project at the end of this month, Page plans to invest his energies fully in his instrument—and possibly to the exclusion of having a singer.
“I’ll put my music together,” he says, “then think about whether I need to embellish it with a singer.”
Jimmy Page has released audio of “If It Keeps on Raining,” an early version of Led Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks.” You can check it out below. The previously unissued track will be released July 31 as part of the companion disc included with the remastered deluxe reissue of Coda.