Jimmy Page recalls the time he played with Brian May, Iron Maiden and parody metallers Bad News

Jimmy Page, Brian May, Iron Maiden and Bad News
(Image credit: Jimmy Page / Instagram)

Jimmy Page has taken to Instagram to share a photograph of himself, alongside Brian May, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson, Steve Harris and Dave Murray and British comedy metal band Bad News.

The latter was a parody rock band formed by the comedians Adrian Edmonson, Nigel Planer, Rik Mayall and Peter Richardson an episode of ‘80s TV show The Comic Strip Presents... which followed them in a faux fly-on-the-wall rock documentary. It was filmed in 1982 and broadcast in 1983 – a full year before This Is Spinal Tap’s release. (There were many parallels but the main difference is that Bad News could not play very well at all and argued in a much more anarchic fashion.)

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.