In bookstores now is Light and Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page. While much of the book, understandably, focuses on Led Zeppelin, the book also features interviews with Page promoting his projects from the past few decades, including his collaborations with Whitesnake’s David Coverdale (in Coverdale/Page), Bad Company’s Paul Rodgers (in The Firm) and Robert Plant.
In stores next week is “Light And Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page,” a book taken from several interviews that Led Zeppelin’s leader did with Guitar World’s Editorial Director Brad Tolinski over the years. It’s not “Hammer Of The Gods” — the book doesn’t go too far into Zeppelin’s legendary off-stage exploits.
Jimmy Page regularly tops guitar player polls in magazines, websites and TV countdowns, and most music fans would say deservedly so. But in the book Light And Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page, he says that his biggest contribution isn’t necessarily the instrument that his name has become synonymous with.
The members of the band dodged questions about their future but seemed to enjoy each other’s company, and took a lot of pride in their performance as captured in the film. Jimmy Page expressed relief that the show went as well as it did, saying the band was “uncomfortable” with their reunion performances at Live Aid (in 1985) and the Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary Concert (in 1988).
Decades after they called it quits, Led Zeppelin remain one of the most popular and enduring rock and roll bands of all time. Their biggest song, arguably, is “Stairway To Heaven,” from their 1971 untitled album.
Given that Grohl is a huge Led Zeppelin fan, we figure that it’s a given that he’ll return to the stage to perform at the Kennedy Center Honors event in December where Zep will be honored, alongside Buddy Guy, David Letterman, Dustin Hoffman and ballerina Natalia Makarova.
Page used the bow on a few Yardbirds songs: “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor” and “Glimpses” from their 1967 album, “Little Games,” and then on Led Zeppelin’s 1969 self-titled debut (“Dazed And Confused” and “How Many More Times”). But he wasn’t the first British rock guitarist to take the bow to his axe.
“I went to see the Yardbirds play at this really stuffy student black-tie event at Cambridge University. The singer, Keith Relf, got quite inebriated and was being really punky. He was really staring down the establishment and put on a magnificent rock and roll performance. He was knocking things over and shouting obscenities at the audience. I really enjoyed myself.” — Jimmy Page
Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, the founding members of Led Zeppelin, were all on hand in London on Friday for a press conference marking the release of Celebration Day, a concert film documenting the band’s 2007 two-hour reunion show, their first headline concert in 27 years, at London’s O2 Arena.
Led Zeppelin To Attend Kennedy Center Honors, Announce Press Conference and ‘Celebration Day’ Formats
Last week, the Kennedy Center announced that Led Zeppelin would be honored at their annual Kennedy Center Honors ceremony. This morning, the band confirmed, via a press release, that they will attend the prestigious event, which takes place in Washington, D.C. on December 3 (and which airs on CBS on December 26).