In the mid-1960s, The Yardbirds revolutionized modern rock by turning super guitar players into superstars. The group -- which made the jagged shift from traditional blues to psychedelic rave-ups -- was the launching pad for Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Several Yardbirds songs, including "Shapes of Things," "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" and "Over Under Sideways Down" are considered mini-masterpieces of mid-'60s rock guitar -- prime examples of the power of perfectly placed notes.
Although Jimmy Page hasn't exactly been prolific since Led Zeppelin disbanded in 1980, his carefully chosen projects have been varied and interesting, from Coverdale/Page to the Death Wish II soundtrack. And so, in honor of the legendary guitarist's 68th birthday, we ask you to cast your vote for what you feel is his best post-Led Zeppelin album.
The Yardbirds, the band that spearheaded the British Blues Boom of the 1960s and brought the world Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, will tour the Northeast starting February 1 in Buffalo, New York.
Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes loves being a rock and roll lead singer. Onstage and off, he plays the role to the hilt. During a photo session at a loft in Manhattan's Soho district, Robinson sashays across the floor as if in concert, shaking his impossibly slender, leather-clad hips and flailing skinny arms swathed in the billowing sleeves of a frilly shirt.
I can't speak for anyone else, but I'd certainly feel pretty good if Jimmy Page went out of his way to shoot a video message to me on my 30th birthday. And that's exactly what the legendary guitarist did for Metallica, along with an impressive list of fellow musicians, including Slash, Aerosmith, Rush, Tom Morello, Slash, Green Day, Sammy Hagar, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Kerry King and more.
In a pretty sudden announcement, legendary guitarist Jimmy Page has announced the release of a special collector's edition of Death Wish II, which will be released this coming Thursday, December 1, exclusively through Page's official website.
In his twenty-five-year career, Jimmy Page has always aimed his guitar firepower from within the context of a group. For the first time this fall, he'll be comin' at you with a solo tour. In this candid conversation, Page reflects with two GW correspondents on the role of the guitar in all this as his one true, abiding passion.
When you think of tribute bands, you might think of them as bands that merely plays someone else's music, somewhere in small dive bars on weekends. But the guys in Led Zepagain, quite easily the best Zeppelin tribute band around, have taken it to a whole another level, and they really are a tribute band in the truest sense.