Jimmy Page Newcastle City Hall 23rd November 1988
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In 1988 Jimmy Page released his solo album Outrider, which featured guest musicians included Chris Farlowe, who sang on a number of tracks, Robert Plant, who sang on one track, John Miles (sang on two tracks) and John Bonham’s son Jason on drums. Jimmy subsequently went out on tour with a band featuring John Miles (vocals and guitar), Durban Laverde (bass) and Jason Bonham (drums). The tour was relatively short, luckily he called at Newcastle City Hall. Jimmy reflected on the album and tour afterwards: “Outrider’s all right. It’s demo-like compared with those overproduced albums that came out at the time. It didn’t do very well — doesn’t matter — but I did tour. I was playing music on that tour going right back to The Yardbirds. Jason [Bonham] was the drummer on that tour.” Jimmy’s set included tracks from Outrider, Zeppelin classics, songs by his previous band (with Paul Rodgers) The Firm, and back to his Yardbirds days for Train Kept a Rollin’. It was a great concert; we had seats looking down on the stage, but a pretty good view nonetheless and it was amazing seeing the guitar maestro so close up. Jimmy did the full bit; violin bow; theremin, and classic Zep solos. Great stuff. Setlist: Who’s to Blame; Prelude; Over the Hills and Far Away; Wanna Make Love; Writes of Winter; Tear Down The Walls; Emerald Eyes; Midnight Moonlight (including excerpts from White Summer, Black Mountain Side and Kashmir); In My Time of Dying; City Sirens; Someone To Love; Prison Blues; The Chase; Dazed and Confused; Wasting My Time; Blues Anthem (If I Cannot Have Your Love …); Custard Pie; Train Kept A-Rollin’; Stairway to Heaven (instrumental version).
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Jimmy Page Newcastle City Hall 23rd November 1988
Robert Plant (& Jimmy Page) Knebworth 30th June 1990
I next saw Robert Plant as part of a multi-act bill at a massive show at Knebworth Park in 1990. This was the Silver Clef Award Winners Concert and had an amazing line-up including Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Cliff Richard & The Shadows, Tears for Fears, Eric Clapton, Dire Straits, Elton John, Genesis and Status Quo. Pretty strong bill! I won a pair of free tickets in a competition (with KitKat 🙂 ) and Marie and I went down for the weekend. This was a great concert, which deserves a blog post of its own. I’ll save that for another day, and limit my reflections today to Plant’s part of the event. Plant was by now regularly featuring Zeppelin classics as part of his set, alongside his excellent solo material. He played mid-afternoon and was one of the highlights of the day for me, not least because of the venue, which was brought back memories of the last time I had been in that field; for one of the historic Zeppelin gigs, and the surprise appearance of Jimmy Page for the last two songs of Plant’s set. “Eleven years after Led Zeppelin’s historic two-night stand at Knebworth in England, Robert Plant returned to the concert grounds for a massive festival that featured sets by Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Genesis, Elton John and Eric Clapton. For his final two songs surprise guest Jimmy Page came out to join Plant on “Wearing and Tearing” and “Rock and Roll.” It was very well received, and a sign of things to come” (Rolling Stone magazine). Setlist: Hurting Kind (I’ve Got My Eyes on You); Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin); Tie Dye on the Highway; Liars Dance; Going to California (Led Zeppelin); Nirvana; Tall Cool One; Misty Mountain Hop (Led Zeppelin); Wearing and Tearing (Led Zeppelin; with Jimmy Page); Rock and Roll (Led Zeppelin; with Jimmy Page)
Thanks to John for the image of his signed Page and Plant programme which comes from the 1995 US tour.
In the early 80s Paul Rodgers joined forces with Jimmy Page to for The Firm, a British rock supergroup which also comprised Manfred Mann’s Earth Band and Uriah Heep drummer Chris Slade and bass player Tony Franklin. The band, played two UK gigs in 1984, one in London at Hammersmith Odeon, and another at Middlesbrough Town Hall. This was a big deal at the time, with two rock superstars coming back to the North East. In Paul Rodgers case, this was also a homecoming show, as he was born in Middlesbrough. The tickets went on sale from the Town Hall on a week day, and I was at work at the time. My mate Dave was on night shift that week and was able to go down to Middlesbrough and bought tickets for us.
We were really excited about the gig and full of anticipation. We were hoping for one or two Free, Bad Company or Zeppelin songs, but that wasn’t to be. The set consists of the new Firm album and some songs from Jimmy and Paul’s solo work. I remember Paul Rodgers seated at a grand piano for “Live in Peace” from his earlier solo album. Jimmy Page played songs from the Death Wish II soundtrack, which featured his trademark playing of the guitar with a violin bow while beneath the Zeppelin laser pyramid. They also played a great version of the Righteous Brothers’ You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’. It was a very enjoyable show, but I think we were expecting something more. The set list for the London show is listed as this: Closer; City Sirens; Make or Break; The Morning After; Together; Cadillac; Prelude; Money Can’t Buy; Radioactive; Live In Peace; Midnight Moonlight; You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’; The Chase; Someone To Love; Full Circle; Boogie Mama; Everybody Needs Somebody. I would imagine that the set at Middlesbrough was similar.
Roy Harper Royal Festival Hall London 5 Nov 2011
Roy summed it up well as a wonderful emotional evening. He explained to us that at times the emotion was almost too much for him and he almost broke down at a couple of points in the evening. Thats the sort of evening it was. A coming together of a group of people, who had travelled from across England and further including the USA and other parts of the world, all wishing to share in a celebration of the life and work to date of a unique and special individual. Yes we were all there to hear some songs, but and perhaps more importantly, we were there because Roy has shared our life journeys with us, as we have shared his, and he means something to all of us. The little stories, the Roy philosophy, the passion, the love songs and the unique interactions with the audience are all part of the Roy that we had come to see. And when we all spontaneously sang Happy Birthday for him it felt right, even if Roy himself admitted that he “hated it when people did that to him”.
As we entered the hall we we all given a typed sheet of A4. On one side Roy explained how he had adopted November 5th as his official birthday, how he was looking forward to the evening; the message was positive, of someone who was very much looking to the future as much as back. On the other side of the page was his favourite poem “To Autumn” by Keats: “I first read this poem when I was ten. It had an enormous effect on me. I found myself. I became a poet in that moment”.
The concert opened with a few songs by an American guy called John (I must look him up) which set the tone for the evening. After around 30 minutes John left the stage for Roy, who introduced Highway Blues as a road song. He was soon joined by a small string and brass section, which he christened
the Bedford Strings, after the late David Bedford who would have been joining him for the concert. Roy talked movingly about the recent passing of his friends David and Bert Jansch. His son Nick joined him for Me and my Woman, which was the last song in the first set.
After a short interval the concert resumed. The string section added another dimension to the songs. I haven’t heard such a full sound at a Roy concert since the 70s when he toured with a band, or the wonderful concert that Will and I went to in Hyde Park all those years ago. Roy’s voice was amazingly strong and filled the hall. The interactions with the crowd were, as always, amusing with the usual hecklers haranguing him, and being dealt with in the usual Roy way. He sang the songs we expected : I hate the White man, when an old cricketer leaves the crease. For Another Day he was joined by Joanna Newsom who sang in her Kate Bush like way. And for the encore his old friend Jimmy Page accompanied him and showed he can still play guitar in a way that others can only dream of.
But the evening was Roy’s and ours. At the end he told us that he would see us again and that he wasn’t ready to leave this yet.
David and I walked back through London to our hotel, the evening was warm.
Looking forward to the next time Roy. Thanks for a great evening. Hope to see you soon.
Setlist: Highway Blues; Frozen Moment; North Country Girl; I’ll See You Again (with Nick Harper); Me And My Woman (with Nick Harper); interval; Hallucinating Light; Commune; Twelve Hours Of Sunset; I Hate The White Man (two verses); Another Day (with Joanna Newsom); When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease
Encores: The Same Old Rock (with Jimmy Page);The Green Man
Note. The first concert I ever went to was The Bonzo Dog doo dah band at the Sunderland Empire in 1969. The support acts were Roy Harper and Yes. As it happens I am planning to go and see Yes next Sunday in Manchester Apollo. It’s funny how things keep coming around.
Prior to the concert we had a walk down to St. Pauls to see the protest community, which was fascinating. Walked past Smithfield Market where they are setting up for filming part of the new James Bond movie. Lots of extras waiting around but not much going on.