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On this day in 1967, I played with The Yardbirds at the HEC Business School in Paris. The dinner they gave us that night was grotesque and looked like sparrows on rice. I was vegetarian at the time, what the Hec?! It seems not to be documented but I think we played a 'triple' in Paris around this point, ending up at a party for Eddie Barclay, whose Barclay Records was a major label in France. The Yardbirds arrived at the event but somehow we didn't get to play. Brigitte Bardot was there in her leather motorcycle outfit similar to the one on the famous photo of her posing on a motorbike. She looked hot.
On this day in 1975, I began the first date of a set of five at the Earls Court Arena in London with @LedZeppelin. This is the first time that a huge back projection screen had been used in England. Quite a number of hours were spent by the production team convincing the Greater London Council that the lasers, which had recently been employed by us on tour in the USA, were not going to cause substantial damage.
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It is amusing to look back on this now, because the effect was no more than a laser pen, but from little acorns, mighty oaks do grow!
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#OnThisDay in 1995, I played the LA Forum with Robert Plant.
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This is the first Page & Plant date of two at the Forum in LA on the 'Spring in North America' leg of the World Tour 1995. Augmented by the LA Philharmonic, we were set to introduce the audience to an array of musical colours that they had not previously experienced, with classically trained musicians providing an acoustic pad for our Egyptian string players to fly with exotic melody.
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Did you see Page & Plant on the ‘95 tour? Leave your memories in the comments below 🎸💫
On this day in 1962, I saw Jerry Lee Lewis at the Majestic in Mitcham.
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In 1958, Jerry Lee Lewis toured for the first time in the UK. He had to cancel the tour and leave due to the newspapers' treatment of him. On May 14th 1962, he'd returned to England and played a date at the Majestic, in Mitcham. I had no money to see him the first time around, but scraped up enough money to go and see his comeback at Mitcham. It really was the most extraordinary evening. It felt really tribal: with all the diehard lovers of rock'n'roll paying homage to The Maestro.
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It would have been easy to assume that Jerry Lee would have a sour taste for playing in the UK after his untimely exit in '58, but he played with so much conviction and passion of what he, and only he, could do best: which was to be Jerry Lee Lewis. At the end of the show, Jerry Lee Lewis brought his wife on the stage and the enthusiasm from the audience could have literally brought the ceiling down. The technique of Jerry Lee Lewis on the piano throughout his career has been something that was so individual and unequalled, like Chuck Berry you don't need to hear too many bars to know who it is that's playing.
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Here we are at Honolulu airport, 50 years ago today, getting Lei’ed on the spot! ⠀⠀
On the 1969 tour, the second album was in the process of being recorded. For the sake of security, the multitrack tapes were being carried as hand luggage. It seemed a good idea to have each member carrying one of the boxes for the photograph. However at the time, few people would have understood the significance of this picture.
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Photo © Robert M. Knight, 1969
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#OnThisDay in 1982, I watched @foreignerlive perform at The Sports Arena, Munich.
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Foreigner were touring with the release of ‘4’ and it was so good to hear and feel Lou Gramm’s vocals. Foreigner had augmented their band with two versatile LA session musicians and, in fact, the guy who played the sax on 'Urgent' provided a spirited rendition of the Junior Walker solo. ⠀⠀
Mick Jones and I went back a long way: we met in the days of Johnny Halliday and it wasn’t long before he encouraged me to come up and have a jam. A tipsy version of ‘Lucille’ was performed.
#OnThisDay in 1968, I played with The Yardbirds at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara. 
The band were looking good, sounding good and it had an ever increasing cult following on the underground scene.
Now in post-production, the as yet untitled @LedZeppelin documentary, directed by Bernard MacMahon, celebrates the world’s best-selling rock band on their fiftieth anniversary. ⠀⠀
The documentary traces the journeys of the four members through the music scene of the 1960s, their meeting in the summer of 1968 for a rehearsal that will change the future of rock, and culminates in 1970 when their second album knocks The Beatles off the top of the charts and they become the number one band in the world.
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With brand new interviews of JP, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones, as well as rare archival interviews with the late John Bonham, this documentary will be the first of its kind; the Led Zeppelin story told through the words of the men that lived it, with no outside voices or conjecture. Featuring never before seen archive film and photographs, state of the art audio transfers of the band’s music, as well as the music that shaped their sound, this documentary will be the definitive telling of the birth of the world’s biggest selling rock band. It is the first and only time the band have participated in a documentary in fifty years.
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Jimmy said “when I saw everything Bernard had done on the remarkable achievement that is American Epic, I knew he would be qualified to tell our story.”
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📸Dick Barnatt / Redferns (Getty Images), 1968
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#OnThisDay in 1967, I attended the Blow Up premiere at Cannes Film Festival.
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Michelangelo Antonioni’s film 'Blow Up' was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on this day in 1967 - featuring David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Birkin, Veruschka and The Yardbirds. ⠀⠀
We weren’t invited to this premiere but queued up with everyone else outside a theatre in New York at a later date... though there was the added bonus that Veruschka was queuing in the same line!
#OnThisDay in 1974, I attended the Swan Song launch party at the Four Seasons hotel in New York. Peter Grant had formed Swan Song as the band's record label and we had a launch in London, New York and L.A. Here in New York was some of the cast: Led Zeppelin members, Maggie Bell, Peter Grant and, of course, Ahmet Ertegun. Besides Led Zeppelin releases on the label were Bad Company, Detective, Pretty Things, Maggie Bell, Dave Edmunds, Sad Café and Death Wish II, by yours truly.
#OnThisDay @ledzeppelin opened up the '73 US Summer tour in Atlanta at the Fulton County Stadium. It was an open air concert and we had something in the region of 50,000 people. It was truly apparent how the reputation of the group had spread by word of mouth and receptive ears! But what a welcome back to the States this was. 🇺🇸
#OnThisDay in 1968, I played Detroit with The Yardbirds.
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The first of two nights at the famous Grande Ballroom in Detroit - an established underground venue - and the Yardbirds show was promoted with this image. ⠀⠀
The photo was taken by Chris Dreja
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📸 Chris Dreja, 1968

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