Last night the Grammys awarded a lifetime achievement award to Led Zeppelin. Kathy Griffin(?) floundered in her interview of John Paul Jones on the red carpet. I was slightly embarrassed for her as she clearly had no inkling as to who she was talking to. She quickly moved on to interview the lesser band: “Blind Boys from Alabama”(?).
The actual presentation of the award took a total of 30secs during which none of the band actually made it on stage. It was a real joke to think more time was devoted to such train-wrecks as Gwen Stefani (who in a fit of un-creativity has resorted to sampling the great Jewish musical “Fiddler on the Roof”) and The Black Eyed Peas (dreaded vegetable). Dear me.
In recent times I’ve been reading “Dazed and Confused” which provides some insight into Led’s history. Despite humble beginnings, the band soared to eclipse such super-bands as Cream and the Yardbirds and even the Jimi Hendrix experience.
Jimmy Page’s father was a doctor. Page got his first guitar at age 12 and was mostly self-taught. He worked as a session musician from an early age. After various stints in the Yardbirds and other bands of the time he set about forming his own group. Jones was also a session player and phoned Page when he heard about the project. Page discovered Plant in a small town in rural England. Plant knew Bonham from an earlier gig and hence the band was formed.
“Led Zeppelin I” was recorded in 9 days!
When “Since I’ve Been Loving You” was recorded, Bonham’s drum peddle was in need of oil and hence to this day a squeak can be heard on this track. Fascinating stuff.
Oh and YES there are new pics of SYDNEY up!