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BASCA in association with PRS for Music presented The Ivors The 56th Ivor Novello Awards which took place on Thursday May 19th 2011 at the Grosvenor House, near the Hyde Park area of Westminster - London UK.

This Year's Ivor Novello Award Winners included Steve Winwood (OUTSTANDING SONG COLLECTION) and Jimmy Page's former bandmate in "The Firm" - Paul Rodgers (PRS FOR MUSIC OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO BRITISH MUSIC). Page attended the awards show.


About The Ivor Novello Awards

The Ivors are presented annually to celebrate honour and reward excellence in British music writing.

The awards either celebrate artistic excellence in a specific work, exceptional performance figures in the award year or recognise the outstanding achievements of a particular songwriter or composer throughout their career.




With 2010 gone, and any tour plans/hopes along with it, Jimmy Page has been recorded in various journalist interviews recently confirming his plans to put out some new music along with some live concerts to follow. In one interview, Page stated that he was surprised by the lack of feedback regarding a previously unreleased acoustic instrumental -  which he had released as part of the DVD extras section of the "It Might Get Loud" documentary a few years ago. Page has also indicated that he expects his new material to featuring a wide range of musicians accompanying him.


The long awaited, highly anticipated "International Show of Peace Concert" which was expected to kick off Jimmy Page's return to the concert performance stage on 10-10-10 at the Bird's Nest stadium complex in Beijing, China, turned out to be a non-event with no concert, no performances nor any explanation from the the show's organizers or performers.
The Show Of Peace Concert event was initially announced to take part during a scheduled press conference in China during the latter part of 2009. That original press conference was held with a number of musicians who had agreed to perform at the planned show in attendance - including Jimmy Page and lead organizer Rick Garson. It was during that press conference that an announcement was made for the concert scheduled to take place on April 17th 2010 in conjunction with Earth Day.
However, as the April concert date neared, the promoters abruptly issued a new press release announcing that, in order to accommodate any schedule conflicts of the many expected performers, the date of the concert was to be changed from April 17th to October 10th 2010 (10-10-10). The re-scheduled date was promptly updated on the Show Of Peace Official Website (www.showofpeace.com).
After 9-10 months of what can only be described as some sort of media blackout (since January 2010), a "Tweet" message appeared on the Official Show Of Peace Website's linked "Twitter" account in recent days. While the Show of Peace Official  Website continues to list the confirmed show date as 10-10-10 (along with many other promo videos posted to the Show Of Peace website using embedded links to videos which were uploaded to the You-Tube website - still touting the concert to take place on the canceled April 17th 2010 date) there has been absolutely no response to numerous requests for updated information prior to and following the 10-10-10 Official (now canceled) show date from either organizers nor any of the past 'confirmed' performers as to what happened in regards to the aborted 10-10-10 event or what anyone might expect regarding any possible future plans in regards to this event.
 As of October 11th 2010, the "Show Of Peace' Twitter account bio line finally updated. It now simply reads: "Show of Peace 2011".
Any future updates to this debacle will be posted as warranted.


Jimmy Page was inducted into the Mojo Hall Of Fame (presented by Universal Catalogue Marketing) on June 10th 2010 at the British music magazine's annual prize awards ceremony in London, England.


Page was hailed for his groundbreaking contributions to modern music during the 2010 Mojo Honours List Awards, which are voted for by readers of the publication.

Phil Alexander, MOJO's Editor-In-Chief, stated "Jimmy Page is the musician by whom all other musicians are measured. Every guitar player wants to sound like him, every producer wants to capture the sounds he captured. He is a genuine music legend, and a recent BBC poll, which placed Led Zeppelin above even The Beatles, only underlines it. And, tantalisingly, the prospect of a new Jimmy Page project suggests that the man still has something up his sleeve. I can't wait to hear what it is."

Page, who last won a Mojo award for the 2007 Led Zeppelin reunion, revealed he was working on new material with a number of different projects.

"I'm just looking forward to making some music and surprising people with it," he said.

"It won't be just teaming up with lots of people who are [big] names. I've got an idea of something which I've had for a long time and now's the time to do it."

He didn't offer any further details about his collaborators or his new direction.

JP recently signed on with music management company IE.        

2010 Mojo Hall Of Fame Winner Jimmy PagePhoto courtesy of Simon Fernandez



Jimmy will be in the BBC Radio 6 Music studios for an exclusive interview with Lauren Laverne during her show on May 25th 2010. The interview will take place between 11:15am and 12:00 Noon. Head over to http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00sj1pw for more info. You can also visit Lauren's page @ http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/shows/lauren_laverne/ to tune in for the internet streaming version of her show. The interview will also be available for replay for those that missed it. 




Organizers have announced that the Show of Peace Concert has been delayed until October 10th 2010:
Notice: About the Date Change of the International Show of Peace Concert to October 10,2010 With the agreement of Ministry of Culture, the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and the organizers of the International Show of Peace Concert have discussed and decided to change the date of the concert to October 10, 2010 10/10/10.

The concert, originally planned for April 17, will be held at Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium. The CPAFFC has considered all aspects. To ensure the absolute success of the concert, the leaders concerned have deliberated and decided to adjust the date of the concert to October 10th, 2010.





  Jimmy Page has confirmed that he plans to be performing a whole lotta new solo material during an upcoming 2010 tour. In a recent interview, televised by Sky News, Page revealed that he's been working on some new music since the Led Zeppelin reunion gig held at London's O2 arena in December 2007.

"I have every intention of playing music live and manifesting it," Page said in reference to his plans for 2010. "I've got the music waiting, and that's what i'll be doing. It's been two years since the O2, so it's time to do that."

 Page, when speaking to a Telegraph reporter in the UK recently, may have also revealed what fans might expect as far as the make-up of his new band, stating "I've got a lot of time for the power trio cause you can get so much out of just bass, guitar and drums. If I was putting a band together now, I don't think I would be bringing in a second guitar player. I'm constantly trying to put new light on what I'm doing for myself, so there might be a very subtle change in your riff, and if you have got somebody else doing the riff too it's not going to be heard. If I'm going to put time into the guitar, I'm interested in moving it on from wherever I am at this point in time. My whole approach, in retrospect, was trying to break through to the other side without actually smashing up guitars, I didn't see any sense in that. The guitar was to be encouraged into new territories, whether it wanted to go there or not."

Speaking to the usual rumours of a Zep tour that have been spreading about constantly since the 2007 Led Zeppelin reunion show at London's O2 arena, Page clearly stated the sole reason that nothing further came out of it: "You'd better ask Robert Plant what the future of Led Zeppelin is. Musicians can always play together but I don't think you can go out with a band called Led Zeppelin if you haven't got the original vocalist."





It has now been confirmed that Jimmy Page will perform at the first annual Show Of Peace Concert, a environmental awareness event, which is scheduled to take place on April 17th 2010 at Beijing, China's 'Birds Nest' stadium. In addition to the 100,000 attendees expected at the concert there are also plans to televise the event worldwide.


The concert will mark the 30th anniversary of the cultural exchange agreement between the United States and China. It is billed as "a 'peace is green' awareness campaign designed to not only promote peace with each other but to promote peace with our planet." Music & television producer Rick Garson's Las Vegas-based ZZYX Entertainment company is producing the show. Garson's co-producers include Live 8 and Live Earth principal Greg Sills and artist manager Trudy Green. Other organizations involved in the concert include "the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, the Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy, the United Nations' Pathways of Peace and the Captain Planet Foundation."

Garson will also be establishing A Show Of Peace Foundation, whose board of directors will comprise of some of the top environmental and peace-building experts. The foundation will be distributing funds raised from the April 17th concert and other activities to organizations and initiatives. Garson stated that "the passion and attitude of the Chinese people and the potential of this country made me realize that this was the right place to stage an event, as we watch the transformation of Red China to 'Green' China right before our eyes."

Visit the website -showofpeace.com - for further info.




The documentary movie 'It Might Get Loud' which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2008 and was playing in theaters during the Summer & Autumn of 2009, will be released on DVD on December 22nd 2009 - just days before Xmas. The DVD contains extra footage not shown in theaters and includes the 2008 press conference in Toronto during the TIFF. Orders thru Amazon are being taken now right here for standard DVD - Blu-Ray DVD's can be found Here.

Don't want to wait for a DVD to see it? Watch the movie immediately right here with Amazon's 'Watch It Now' purchase system!

Online Streaming Rental is available Here.

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Jimmy Page, will be in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday November 28th, for a worthy cause. As reported on Globo.com, JP will be at a benefit event for Casa Jimmy - an institution that helps needy young people, adolescents, and pregnant women, in Santa Teresa, Brazil.

Jimmy will there along with Pepeu Gomes, George Israel, Kid Bee and bands formed by pupils of the school, in the Auditorium of the British School at Rio Saturday evening.

For anyone wishing to attend the presentation, tickets start at $ 100 (Standing). Seats will cost $ 200. The sale of tickets is limited and, in principle, parents of students of the College have priority.

All proceeds benefit 'Casa Jimmy' which was founded thanks to a donation the guitarist made to NGOs Task Brazil Trust while he was in the country for a concert performance in 1997. On that occasion, there was a serious disorder in the shanty town next to the hotel where Jimmy was staying, leaving him very concerned about the situtation there.

The Task Brazil Trust was founded in 1992 in England, and oversees projects implemented in Brazil designed to benefit and support to the lives and needs of children, adolescents, pregnant women and young street kids.





Jimmy Page recently became a patron of The Outside Edge Theater Company, which is the only professional theater company in the UK that provides theater and drama work with people affected by addiction.

On November 25th beginning at 7:30pm  The Outside Edge Theater Company will be holding their 10th year birthday celebration and fundraiser at Riverside Studios Hammersmith London where Jimmy Page will be introducing. Below is some further info. The event is open to the public and tickets are available:


THRIVING AT THE EDGE

On the 25th November 2009 it will be ten years to the day that Edge was formed. As part of this amazing feat we will be holding a 10th year birthday celebration and FUNDRAISER at the Riverside Studios Hammersmith London on, you guessed it, the 25th November starting at 7.30.

It’s going to be a great night with music, singing and of course 
- Theatre all introduced by Jimmy Page. 

Tickets are £35 and are on sale at the Riverside Box office - 020 8237 1111

Proceeds from the tickets will go to the company to enable us to keep delivering our work to chemical addicts at all stages of recovery as well as our work with children and young people (including children and young people affected by parental drug/alcohol addiction, young
offenders, and young people in care).

The Outside Edge Theatre Company is a registered charity: 1080948


For further information contact the Riverside box office or go to the website

http://www.outsidedgetheatre.com or their Facebook page.

"I am delighted and proud to be a supporter of The Outside Edge Theatre Company.  They manage, under the guidance of Phil Fox, to produce artistically excellent work that challenges and entertains audiences at the same time as making a real difference.  They demonstrate the very real capacity of live performance to positively transform shattered lives. Edge's work with addicts - and the ways in which their performances awaken audiences and provoke  debate - is quite simply stunning"

                                                                                                                                  - Jimmy Page




Click Here To Order Tix Online!It Might Get Loud

Davis Guggenheim gives audiences a front row seat to a rock summit of three generations of awesome guitar musicians, represented by Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, U2's The Edge, and the White Stripes' Jack White. Before the highly anticipated meeting, this electric documentary traces each man's musical roots and the fateful paths they traveled to forge their own distinct sounds. Their struggles are fascinating, a sacrosanct glimpse into the history of the electric guitar. The hardcore passion, dedication, and unbridled glee the artists exude for their craft is undeniable as they share riffs, inspirations, and trade secrets with each other. The energy of the philosophical mash up of soul, blues, electric, and folk buzzes and builds to a to-die-for backstage crescendo.Humbly extolling the mysteries of life's winding road that led them to discover their talent, these icons pontificate whether they found the music or the music found them. Whichever the case may be, legions of music fans the world over have benefited from their momentous journeys.

Summer Showcase
(USA, 97 mins)
35mm
Directed By: Davis Guggenheim
Producers: Thomas Tull, Lesley Chilcott, Peter Afterman, Davis Guggenheim
Cinematographers: Erich Roland, Guillermo Navarro
Cast: The Edge, Jimmy Page, Jack White

Screening Schedule:

Fri, Jun 19th 7:00pm:

Mann Festival Theatre
10887 Lindbrook Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Special Guest's Jimmy Page & Jack White attended the Friday eveing screening along with the films producers and director. The after-party was hosted by Parmigiani Watches at Hotel Palomar in the Westwood area of West Los Angeles, California. People attending the after-party included IMGL director Davis Guggenheim, his wife Elizabeth Shue, J.J. Abrams, Jack's newest bandmembers from The Dead Weather - Alison Mosshart (of The Kills), Dean Ferita (Queens Of The Stone Age), Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs), Tipper Gore, actor John C. Reilly, Jane Seymour,  Parmigiani Fleurier North American President Michelle Veyna and photographer Ross Halfin. 

The film opens on Friday, August 14th 2009 with Official Screenings scheduled in New York City and Los Angeles theaters. A wide release will soon follow with most of the worldwide distribution rights being held by Sony Pictures Classics. A DVD will be released - likely in the Autumn of 2009. Bonus Footage, confirmed to be on the upcoming DVD release, includes theatrical outtakes of scenes featuring the three legendary guitarists performing 'Kashmir' and 'Seven Nation Army,' amongst other music, that was captured during the two days of off-the-cuff jam sessions filmed at a Hollywood soundstage.

Standby Tickets for the Monday screening: Advance tickets are no longer available for Monday's encore screening. Standby lines will form approximately one hour prior to scheduled screening time at the venue. Admission will begin five minutes before program start time on a space-available basis. CASH OR VOUCHERS ONLY; admission is not guaranteed.

Mon, Jun 22nd 2:00pm:

Landmark 8
10850 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

UPDATE: All Tixs have sold out:
CLICK HERE FOR MORE TIX INFO

For further information please phone 1-866-345-6337 or email:

boxoffice@filmindependent.org





The Sydney Film Festival held the Australian debut of It Might Get Loud on June 3rd 2009 with an encore screening on June 6th. The Film, which was screened with an 18+ age rating restriction, was described by the Sydney Film Festival organisers as follows: The award-winning director of An Inconvenient Truth, in a fabulous tribute to the electric guitar, brings together three extraordinary guitarists: Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, The Edge of U2 and Jack White of The White Stripes. Page with his flowing white locks, The Edge with his neat toque, Jack in a hat; not just differently attired but from different generations. All, however, clearly love their guitars: ‘Like a piece of sculpture, like a woman’, says Page. These virtuoso guitarists tell of the influences behind their music in interviews interspersed with performances old and new, and this exhilarating documentary finishes with the fabulous trio jamming together, watching the others’ fingers with sharp eyes.




Jeff & Jimmy at the Induction CeremonyJimmy Page enshrined his longtime friend and  fellow former Yardbirds bandmember Jeff Beck into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 4th 2009. Page and Beck were guitarists together in The Yardbirds during the late 1960's. The 24th Annual Rock Hall Induction Ceremony ceremony was held in at Cleveland, Ohio at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium.

For the first time, the show was open to the public with 5,000 fans also in attendance.

Jimmy Page, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jeff Beck and Tal WilkenfeldPage and Beck, who have been friends since meeting each other as young kids in the early 1950's, performed "Beck's Bolero" - a song written and recorded by the duo over 40 years ago - together along with an innovative version of the Led Zeppelin tune "Immigrant Song" wrapped in. Page then left the stage as Beck went on to perform the "Peter Gunn Theme" accompanied by his current touring bandmembers Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, Tal Wilkenfeld on bass and Jason Rebello on keyboards. 

The end of the evening saw a Guitar Army take to the stage as Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Ronnie Wood, Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield and Joe Perry riffed out together on the rock classic "Train Kept A-Rollin".

Beck & Page Rock On!You can watch a few clips from the night on the FUSE-TV website:

http://fuse.tv/videos/shows/rock-hall/index.html?videoId=18763108001 (Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page play together)

http://fuse.tv/videos/shows/rock-hall/index.html?videoId=18745232001 (Jimmy Page back stage)

http://fuse.tv/videos/shows/rock-hall/index.html?videoId=18744279001 (Jeff Beck back stage)

More footage from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony is located here:

http://fuse.tv/ontv/shows/rock-hall/

Jeff Beck & Jimmy PageThe 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performer inductees were chosen by the 600 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. Artists are eligible for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twenty-five years after their first recording is released. 


'It Might Get Loud' Official Release Date: August 14th 2009

Sony Pictures Classics has confirmed  the official release date for Davis Guggenheim's documentary film "It Might Get Loud". The movie - which focuses on legendary guitarists Jimmy Page, the Edge and Jack White - made its highly praised debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2008. Sony Pictures Classics is releasing the movie in theaters, starting with New York and Los Angeles on August 14th 2009. A wider treatrical roll-out will begin on August 21st. Sony Pictures Classics owns the distribution rights for all of North America, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand & South Africa. No word on a European release date yet. More info can be found at http://www.sonyclassics.com/itmightgetloud/



The documentary 'It Might Get Loud' by Davis Guggenheim featuring Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White made its European Premiere at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival. The first screening took place on Tuesday February 10th, 2009 as part of the Berlinale Special - Gala Screenings at the Friedrichstadtpalast. A second showing took place at Cubix 8 on February 11th.
The Berlin Film Festival runs from February 5th thru February 15th
2009.




The documentary film "It Might Get Loud," directed by Davis Guggenheim, was screened at the 25th Annual Sundance Film Festival in January 2009. The screening marked the films U.S. debut.

The movie, featuring Jimmy Page, U2's The Edge and White Stripes/Raconteurs bandmember Jack White, was screened in the 'out-of-competition' "Spectrum: Documentary Spotlight" catagory.


A tribute to the abundance of compelling new voices and the creative spirit in independent filmmaking, the Spectrum program presents out-of-competition dramatic and documentary films from some of the most promising filmmakers in the world today.

For the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, 118 feature-length films were selected including 88 world premieres, 18 North American premieres, and 4 U.S. premieres representing 21 countries with 42 first- time filmmakers, including 28 in competition. These films were selected from 3,661 feature- length film submissions composed of 1,905 U.S. and 1,756 international feature-length films.

Celebrating its 25th year, the 2009 Sundance Film Festival runs thru January 25th 2009 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah.

Jack White, Edge, & Jimmy Page

Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull, lauds Sundance as a festival where music-themed films can launch and "break through the clutter."

"The festival is important for creating a buzz -- a sort of halo and hip factor," Tull says. "If your film is at Sundance, that adds a certain edginess to it. It's cool."
   

The Edge, Jimmy Page & Jack White

"It Might Get Loud" received major buzz at it's World Premiere screening at Canada's Ryerson Theatre in Toronto, Ontario during opening week of the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2008. Jimmy, Jack and Edge all attended the premiere, later joining the films producers Thomas Tull and Lesley Chilcott as well as director Davis Guggenheim and his wife Elizabeth Shue in a discussion relating to their experiences before and during the filming of the highly praised documentary.

Jimmy Page in "It Might Get Loud"

There are guitar players, and then there are rock stars. It Might Get Loud is an epic, exhilarating backstage pass into the world of the latter. Over the course of one day, three generations of electric-guitar phenoms come together, crank up their amps, and let it roll.

Documentarian Davis Guggenheim gives us so much more than an all-star jam session (that would make even the gnarliest of rock geeks giddy); he leads us to these artists' inner sanctums and illuminates the paths each one traveled to forge a sound all his own. We begin to understand how a one-time furniture upholsterer from Detroit, a London studio musician, and a Dublin schoolboy redefined the horizons of guitar playing. Meanwhile, Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), the Edge (U2), and Jack White (The White Stripes) seem genuinely to enjoy each other's company while sharing riffs, swapping stories, and divulging their distinct philosophies of craft.

This soulful opus is at once a portrait of each artist and a captivating examination of the creative process. It Might Get Loud does get loud, and in the process, opens up our minds and hearts to a whole new way of listening to and enjoying what it means to rock
.

Jimmy Page & U2's the Edge

It Might Get Loud Official website

Sundance Film Festival Official website




Led Zeppelin has won the 2008 Classic Rock - Roll Of Honour Event Of The Year Award for their historic one-off reunion concert of 2007. Led Zep had reunited to headline the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute show that took place at London's 02 Arena on Dec 10th 2007.                             
At last year's 2007 Classic Rock Roll Of Honour, Classic Rock magazine honoured Jimmy with the Living Legend award. Along with the 2007 award, Page was presented with a vintage Gibson Les Paul signed by Les Paul himself.

This year's event, held in London’s Park Lane Hotel on November 3rd 2008 celebrated the 10th anniversary of Classic Rock Magazine.

Planet Rock DJ Nicky Horne hosted the ceremony.

Led Zeppelin was also nominated for (but didn't win) Band of the Year, which went to the Foo Fighters. The new version of The Song Remains The Same was nominated in the DVD Of The Year catagory - that award went to AC/DC for their Plug Me In DVD.  
 

Full list of 2008 winners:

Event Of The Year sponsored by Music Live
Winner: Led Zeppelin @ The 02 Arena

Album Of The Year sponsored by Universal Music Catalogue/Lost Tunes
Winner: Whitesnake – Good To Be Bad

Band Of The Year sponsored by Live Nation
Winner: Foo Fighters

Outstanding Contribution sponsored by Monitor Audio
Winner: Jeff Beck

Marshall ‘11’ Award
Winner: Slash

DVD Of The Year sponsored by Play.com
Winner: AC/DC – Plug Me In

Reissue Of The Year sponsored by Rock Radio
Winner: Metallica – 1st Three Albums: Vinyl Reissues

Best New Band sponsored by Provogue
Winner: Airbourne

Classic Songwriter sponsored by Guitar Hero
Winner: Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac)

Showman Award sponsored by Guinness
Winner: Paul Stanley (Kiss)

The Armand de Brignac VIP Award
Winner: Harvey Goldsmith

Gibson presents the Tommy Vance Inspiration Award
Winner: Syd Barrett

Classic Album sponsored by Eagle Rock
Winner: Cream – Disraeli Gears

Metal Guru sponsored by Plastichead Distribution
Winner: Wayne Kramer (MC5)

Classic Rock/Childline Award
Winner: Bryan Adams

2008 Living Legend sponsored by Marshall
Winner: Ozzy Osbourne




The electric guitar has dominated popular music for the last half century. Anyone who has ever plugged into an amp understands its power. So does the average stadium crowd. But if you have too much exposure to amateurs, you might forget the incredible range of expression that the creation pioneered by Les Paul can achieve in the hands of masters.

Director Davis Guggenheim, well-known for his Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, deepens our appreciation for going electric by bringing together three virtuosos from different generations: Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, The Edge of U2 and Jack White of The White Stripes. It Might Get Loud weaves together their stories to reveal how each of them developed a unique sound.

Unlike rock 'n' roll documentaries that focus on backstage drama, this one concentrates on the music, giving us intimate access to the creative process. Each guitarist describes his own musical rebellion: Page against the saccharine pop of the sixties; The Edge against the self-indulgent solos of the seventies; White against the soulless bass machines of the eighties. The film also travels to the locations that left a mark on each player. Page visits the stone halls of Headley Grange where “Stairway to Heaven” was composed. In Dublin, The Edge pulls out the original four-track rehearsals of “Where the Streets Have No Name.” And in Tennessee, White describes being inspired by the raw style of bluesman Son House. What's more, we see each musician play new work that has yet to be released.

The trio comes together for a jam session, during which they demonstrate their varying tastes in gear, from Page's double-neck guitar to The Edge's array of accessory pedals to White's cheap plastic instrument. Contrary to the stereotype that rock 'n' rollers are sullen and guarded, these three display an infectious joy when discussing their craft. During the discussion, Page pulls out a Link Wray album, the Edge pulls out an album by the Sex Pistols and White whips out an album by the Flat Duo Jets.
Anyone who has ever played air guitar along with a Zeppelin song will be thrilled watching Page mimic the licks of one of his own favourites, Link Wray's “Rumble.”

You don't need to be an aficionado to enjoy the pleasure of this company. This film might not affect how you play, but it will change how you listen.

The World Premiere of "It Might Get Loud" took place at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 5th  2008. The Edge (of U2), Jack White and Jimmy Page were all in attendance.




Jimmy Page & Leona LewisJimmy Page & Leona Lewis, winner of British reality show 'The X Factor', performed a newly arranged version of the Led Zeppelin classic 'Whole Lotta Love' during the closing ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics on Sunday Aug 24th.

The closing ceremony was televised around the world  from Beijing, China with an estimated audience of almost 2 billion people watching. 

 The new 2008 version was performed atop a transformed red double-decker bus during the 8 minute handover ceremony. As the Page | Lewis duet ended,  British soccer player David Beckham, also atop the bus,  kicked a soccer ball into the crowd of athletes below. Meanwhile a London 2012 handover party was taking place outside of Buckingham Palace in England.

 London 2012 officials said that they requested to use 'Whole Lotta Love'  because of the songs 'instantly recognizable guitar riff' and because it would sum up London's desire to turn the 2012 Olympics into 'one big party'.  London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe was quoted as saying "I just love the version of Whole Lotta Love that he (Jimmy Page) and Leona Lewis have done."




John Paul Jones, Taylor Hawkins, Dave Grohl & Jimmy Page - Wembley Stadium -  London


Jimmy Page recently made his return to the stage for his first live performance since the historic Led Zeppelin reunion concert of December 10th 2007. Page, along with Led Zeppelin bass guitarist John Paul Jones, had accepted an invitation to perform as one of the Foo Fighters 'Special Guests' at the Foo's June 7th 2008 gig at Wembley Stadium in London. Page and Jones strolled onstage during the encore of the Foo's concert set proceeding to tear into the Zep classic 'Rock and Roll' with Dave Grohl doing the drumming while Taylor Hawkins took over as vocalist. As Wembley Stadium shook with absolutely thunderous applause, Hawkins and Grohl quickly switched positions to join Page and Jones in a rousing rendition of 'Ramble On' (from the Led Zeppelin II album) before the ecstatic capacity crowd of 85,000 plus rabid rock fans.  Page and Jones then exited the stage before the Foo's final song of the night. The evening was capped off nicely with fireworks exploding in the sky above the stadium as the Foo Fighters bandmembers headed off to the after show party. The DVD is available at Amazon.com


June 7th 2008 London, UK

Ramble On - June 7th 2008




Jimmy generously signed a guitar which will be given away in a competition at the upcoming GuilFest festival. The University of Surrey  conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of the University to Jimmy Page for services to the music industry. The award was made on Friday, June 20 at Guildford Cathedral. Jimmy generously signed a guitar which will be given away in a competition at the upcoming GuilFest festival. Surrey’s involvement with GuilFest this year celebrates its innovative music programmes that reflect the diversity of contemporary musical practice.

James Patrick Page, OBE,  was born in Middlesex in 1944, he grew up in Epsom, Surrey where he developed a passion for both painting and music. Throughout the 1960’s he was in demand as a session musician, leading eventually to his becoming a member of The Yardbirds. After various personnel changes, the band renamed themselves Led Zeppelin, and played under that name for the first time at the University of Surrey on October 25th 1968.


The University of Surrey is proud to confer the honorary degree of Doctor of the University to Jimmy Page for services to the music industry.Over the next decade Led Zeppelin effectively redefined ‘rock’ music, drawing on a wide range of influences to create a string of legendary albums which have, to date, sold over 300 million copies. Led Zeppelin are unquestionably one of the most important and influential ‘rock’ bands ever, and the highly successful reunion concert at The O2 in 2007 shows the phenomenal interest in their music which persists today. Through his work with Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page, a major creative force within the band, became universally recognised as being one of the greatest and most versatile guitarists of all time.

Away from music, he has been involved in the Action for Brazil’s Children Trust, or ABC Trust. His commitment to this cause goes back to 1994 where he witnessed first hand unrest in the largest of Rio de Janeiro’s shanty towns. He resolved there and then to do something to help, which led to the establishment of "Casa Jimmy", a shelter for abandoned street children, which continues to be run successfully today and has helped over 250 children to find a better life. Building on this, the ABC Trust was set up with Jimmy Page as the founding patron. In 2005 he was awarded an OBE in recognition of his charitable work, and also made an honorary citizen of Rio de Janeiro later that same year.

The University of Surrey is one of the UK’s leading professional, scientific and technological universities with a world class research profile and a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Ground-breaking research at the University is bringing direct benefit to all spheres of life – helping industry to maintain its competitive edge and creating improvements in the areas of health, medicine, space science, the environment, communications, defence and social policy. Programmes in science and technology have gained widespread recognition and it also boasts flourishing programmes in dance and music, social sciences, management and languages and law. In addition to the campus on 150 hectares just outside Guildford, Surrey, the University also owns and runs the Surrey Research Park, which provides facilities for 140 companies employing 2,700 staff.

The Sunday Times names Surrey as ‘The University for Jobs' which underlines the university’s growing reputation for providing high quality, relevant degrees.



Gibson Custom showcased over 15 models at its exhibit at Winter NAMM 2008 in Anaheim, California, January 17th-20th. 

Focusing on the classic sounds and models that Gibson players have come to know and love, Gibson  displayed a number of Custom Les Paul and ES models that highlight semihollowbodies' traditional electric tone and pay homage to some of the greatest guitar players of all time including Jimmy Page, Steve Jones, Johnny Winter, Mick Jones, Slash, and many more.

Among these models,
Gibson Custom showcased the JIMMY PAGE LES PAUL CUSTOM W/BIGSBY.
Early in Jimmy Page’s career, one of his most relied upon guitars was the three-pickup 1960 Les Paul Custom “Black Beauty” with a bigsby tailpiece.  In 1970, the guitar was stolen and never recovered, but thanks to the Gibson Custom Shop, this guitar is back in the form of a new Gibson Custom Shop Jimmy Page Les Paul Custom.

Read more at the Gibson website.








The Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert, originally scheduled for Monday, November 26th and featuring Led Zeppelin, Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings, Paul Rogers, Paolo Nutini, and Foreigner had been postponed until December 10th due to Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page fracturing his finger.

The injury to Page’s finger, which was sustained in late October 2007, prevented him from playing guitar for about 3 weeks.

The specialist treating Mr. Page had stated, "I have examined the fracture to Mr. Page’s finger, and it is my opinion that with proper rest and treatment, he will be ready to resume rehearsing in three weeks time, and thus able to perform on December 10."

In an official statement Page added, "I am disappointed that we are forced to postpone the concert by two weeks. However, Led Zeppelin have always set very high standards for ourselves, and we feel that this postponement will enable my injury to properly heal, and permit us to perform at the level that both the band and our fans have always been accustomed to."

In early November of 2007, Jimmy put out the following statement:  

As you all know by now I was regrettably put in a situation where I had to postpone my performance at the Ahmet Ertegun Benefit show, on November 26th, due to a fractured finger. We have now rescheduled this show to take place, at the same venue, on December 10th.

In doing so I was very conscious of the fact that many people are travelling great distances to attend. I do want to let everyone know that this decision was unavoidable. My apologies to anyone who has been inconvenienced by this change.

I would also like to thank everyone else involved for their help with making this change. Harvey Goldsmith, the trustees of the Ahmet Ertegun Foundation and, of course, the other artists who so willingly agreed to join us on the show.

I look forward to the 10th December!


Jimmy Page







 Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham (son of the band's original drummer John Bonham, who died in September 1980)  reunited onstage as Led Zeppelin at the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert held in London, England on December 10th 2007. Ahmet Ertegun passed away aged 83 in December  2006. It was Ertegun, co-founder and chairman emeritus of Atlantic Records, who signed Led Zeppelin to Atlantic in 1968. Led Zeppelin recorded for Atlantic Records its entire career.

Led Zeppelin performed an astounding 2 hour + full concert set for the first time since their last full performance in Berlin, West Germany during July 1980 - two months before John Bonham died.

The tribute concert was held at the 20,000-capacity O2 arena (the former Millennium Dome) at Greenwich, south-east London, on the evening of Monday December 10th 2007. The originally planned a concert date of 11/26/07 which was pushed ahead to December 10th after Jimmy fractured one of his fingers in late October '07.


O2 Arena


Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant said: "During the Zeppelin years, Ahmet Ertegun was a major foundation of solidarity and accord. For us, he was Atlantic Records and remained a close friend and conspirator. This performance stands alone as a tribute to the work and life of a longstanding friend."

Speaking at a press conference Concert promoter Harvey Goldsmith explained that the reunion came about after the band were contacted by the late record mogul's wife, Mica. Goldsmith explained that she had written the band an "emotive letter" asking them to play.

Goldsmith said that he had originally asked Page, Plant and Jones to consider reuniting to play a 30-minute set as part of a gala concert. "I wrote to everybody and in particular to Robert and Jimmy and John Paul, and said: 'Look this is an opportunity for you to come together and really pay homage to your mentor and mine, and would you do it?' Much to my amazement they came back and said yes," he said.

After several weeks of discussions the band finally assembled in a rehearsal studio on the outskirts of London in June to see if they could still play together. After a week of rehearsals, Zeppelin announced to Goldsmith that they would be willing and able to perform a full two-hour set. "Jason Bonham became part of the catalyst, and they did a week's rehearsal," said Goldsmith . "We had a meeting and Robert turned around and said we're not going to do 30 minutes, we're doing to do a whole set." Goldsmith added "They’re going to play all the great songs that everybody wants to hear. They are the last great rock gods that remain to be seen."

Also performing at the event was Paul Rodgers, former Rolling Stone bassist Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Stars, rock band Foreigner and Paolo Nutini, Ertegun's last UK signing before his death.

Profits benefit the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund, which provides scholarships to universities in the United States, United Kingdom and Turkey, Ertegun's country of birth. Among the projects the fund is backing is a music scholarship at south London's Ravensbourne College, which is to move to a building adjacent to the O2 arena in Greenwich. Ahmet's wife Mica said: "He would be very proud that Led Zeppelin have chosen to reunite and headline a benefit concert in his name featuring so many of his friends. I would like to thank all of the artists for their generous contribution to help make Ahmet's vision a reality." Goldsmith said Ertegun "became a friend and was my mentor. Our industry deeply misses such a giant of music. It is a fitting tribute that these great artists have all come together to perform in his memory."

More than 1 million fans, seeking an opportunity to purchase tickets to the show, submitted a registration ballot on the Ahmettribute.com website which, at one point, was receiving over 5 million hits per hour. In total the website was said to have recorded hundreds of millions of hits between September 12th thru September 19th 2007. Concert promoter Harvey Goldsmith stated at the time: "In the first day alone, we received an unprecedented number of hits that literally knocked the website out. Over the last seven days we have recorded over 1,000 million hits. This response is amazing and from it we have had over one million registrations. We would like to thank all the fans for their support."





Proceed's from Led Zeppelin's concert at the O2 on December 10th 2007 in London are helping to raise funds for The Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund formed by Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.

Born in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1923, Ertegun was the son of America’s Turkish Ambassador. At 9 years old he was attending gigs in Washington DC featuring jazz greats including Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway. Inspired by what he saw, Ertegun and his brother Nesuhi began to stage their own concerts hosting artists such as Lester Young. In 1947, he formed Atlantic Records with friend Herb Abramson in New York, an independent record label for gospel, jazz and R&B music.

During the 50’s and 60’s Atlantic grew, signing the likes of Ray Charles, Solomon Burke, Aretha Franklin and The Drifters, patenting the blueprint of soul music. After successfully and uniquely combining blues and soul music from around the world, Atlantic became the definitive rhythm and blues label, paying performers fairly and producing high quality records. Ertegun, as always, was hands on in business and in the studio.

Ahmet Ertegun's association with Led Zeppelin in particular goes back to their earliest days. In 1968, after hearing the band's demo, he knew the songs would become massive hits the first time he heard them. He made the magical move into rock by signing Led Zeppelin and helped guide them through a phenomenal career. In addition, he signed the monsters of 1970s British rock - from the Rolling Stones, through Cream and Genesis.

Ertegun was also the founder and chairman of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, to which he was elected in 1987 for his pioneering contributions to popular music.

His most recent signing was UK artist Paolo Nutini whose 2006 debut album ‘These Streets’ reached number 3 on the UK Album Charts.

When he passed away in December 2006,  Robert Plant was among the first to pay tribute to him.

Plant said: "Ahmet (was) gifted beyond all belief- the way he moved from his origins, pushing against the grain into the bohemia of Stick McGhee and Joe Turner."

"I must have met him on Led Zeppelin's first US tour...Ahmet was always backstage with an entourage of folk, this melange of people from all walks of life. He'd have Henry Kissinger or a princess from some deposed royal family from Eastern Europe."

"He told me years ago, 'I gotta buy the company back.' And I said, 'You do. You gotta get it back quick.' But had he got it back, who knows? You can't keep abreast of the way things have gone. You have to be part of the next generation. He had already managed to do that through three generations, which is phenomenal."





Gibson Custom presents the Jimmy Page Signature Double Neck, a painstaking recreation of Jimmy's original 1971 model. Crafted in the style of Jimmy's EDS-1275, the mahogany 6- and 12- string necks are outfitted with rosewood fingerboards. The attention to detail continues with the dark Cherry finish, chrome hardware and strap locks, 5-ply pickguard, four Page pickups, and two volume and tone control knobs. A run of 250 Jimmy Page Signature Double Necks, and 25 Limited Edition Aged Double Necks, come with a Custom Shop case, certificate of authenticity, custom care kit, two-DVD box set of Led Zeppelin, and a copy of an exclusive interview with Jimmy regarding the Double Neck.


For lots more info including Guitar Specs, Photos, Interviews etc... Click Here to visit the Jimmy Page section of the Gibson Custom Guitar website.




Led Zeppelin was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame on November 14th 2006. Jimmy Page personally accepted the award in front of a 3,000 strong audience during the 3rd annual induction ceremony which was held at the famed Alexandra Palace in London.

Artists are selected for induction by the UK Music Hall of Fame Steering Group - a panel comprising over 60 respected artists, music journalists, broadcasters and music industry executives.

Led Zeppelin are credited by many to be one of the greatest and most influential rock bands of all time. They defined stadium rock in the Seventies with a series of thunderous performances and worldwide hits such as "Whole Lotta Love" and "Stairway to Heaven". Led Zeppelin have sold over 300 million albums worldwide and 25 years after disbanding, their music still influences bands today.

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  The Australian rock band Wolfmother was also in attendance, performing "Communication Breakdown" as part of a tribute to Led Zeppelin.




Jimmy Page was in a studio in London on June 15th 2005 to lay down some blistering guitar work for the new Jerry Lee Lewis release  titled "Last Man Standing" .(earlier working titles were "Redemption" and before that "The Pilgrim")

The new CD, released on September 26th 2006,  features some of the greatest names in Music history including B. B. King, Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Neil Young, Toby Keith, John Fogerty, Keith Richards, Robbie Robertson, Merle Haggard, Kid Rock, Rod Stewart, Willie Nelson, George Jones, Little Richard, Delaney Bramlett, Buddy Guy, Don Henley, Kris Kristofferson, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and Jimmy Page.

The band that cut most of the basic tracks consists of Kenny Lovelace and Jimmy Rip on guitar, Hutch Hutchinson on bass and Jim Keltner on drums. Producer Jimmy Rip about the guest stars: "It was 21 of the easiest phone calls I ever had to make. Everyone wanted to play with the Killer."

Lewis recorded his rendition of the Led Zeppelin classic "Rock and Roll" on which Page played "an amazing solo" according to Rip.

 Jerry Lee Lewis had invited Jimmy Page to perform with him onstage at his August 6th 2006 concert at the Rhythm Festival in the UK. Unfortunately Jimmy wasn't able to attend due to prior obligations.







The surviving members of legendary rock band Led Zeppelin traveled to the land of ice and snow on May 22nd 2006 to collect Sweden's most prestigious music award and a cheque for one million kronor (almost $125,000 US). The British band were named winners of the 2006 Polar Music Prize. The award was founded in 1989 by Stig Anderson, manager of Swedish pop group ABBA, through a donation to The Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

Calling Led Zeppelin "one of the great pioneers of rock," the academy said the group's "playful and experimental music combined with highly eclectic elements has two essential themes: Mysticism and primal energy."

Those features have come to define hard rock, the academy said.

John Lord, a former member of Deep Purple, read the academy’s citation, calling Led Zeppelin "one of the great pioneers of rock."


Before King Carl XVI Gustaf handed over the award diplomas, Swedish band Soundtrack of Our Lives performed Zeppelin hits such as Kashmir and Whole Lotta Love.


Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and John Bonham formed Led Zeppelin in 1968 and released their first album, named after the group, a year later. The band disbanded in 1980 when Bonham died, but its music remains hugely popular worldwide.

Previous winners of the Polar Music Prize include former Beatle Paul McCartney, violinist Isaac Stern, rock musician Bruce Springsteen, conductor Pierre Boulez and music producer Quincy Jones.

The Prize was awarded by Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf.

Page, Jones and Plant accepted the award along with Zoe Bonham who accepted on behalf of her father.

In his acceptance speech, Plant recalled that Led Zeppelin recorded their album In Through the Out Door in the Swedish capital in 1979.

"It's a long time ago," he said. "Music has been a fantastic passport to us all."

The prize ceremony was followed by a banquet at Stockholm’s Grand Hotel.




Guitar legend Jimmy Page was among some of Britain's greatest musicians to be included on Queen Elizabeth's annual list of birthday honours in 2005.

Page, a founding member of Led Zeppelin, was named an officer of the Order of the British Empire, or OBE, for his charity work on behalf of poor Brazilian children with Task Brazil and the ABC Trust charity organizations.

Mark Ereira of ABC Trust said: "We are obviously very pleased. We were part of the nomination process as we wanted to recognise what he was doing for the charity as well all he has achieved in music.

"He is extremely important to the trust, a champion for our cause, and he gives a lot of his time to help us raise the profile. The charity would not be where it is today without all his incredible help."

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Jimmy was presented the award on Dec 14th 2005 at Buckingham Palace in London. The 61-year-old rocker said he was overwhelmed to be given the accolade, recalling how he first became involved with Brazilian children in 1994 when fighting broke out between street gangs while he was in Rio de Janeiro promoting an album."At that time in Rio the sun wasn't shining. The army was going into the favelas (shantytowns) and I heard about the plight of the street children,"  said Page.

He joined forces with the British charity Task Brazil and set up a safe
house which has so far supported more than 300 children."I think when you're faced with a plight that's inescapable, and there's something you can do about it, you hope you can make a difference," he said. Page added: "The Queen actually said it was very important work and that it was a horrible problem for the street children."

Task Brazil offers medical and psychological support, food, clothing and job training for street children. Page was a member of the 1960s band The Yardbirds before forming  Led Zeppelin.




Jimmy Page, Dan Hawkins, Martin Tomkins & Brian May(Photograph courtesy of Clare Banks)


The Hammersmith Palais rocked on Sunday night with ten absolutely awesome performances of an extraordinary level of guitar playing for the Riffathon Live Final, 2005.

 

Jimmy Page and Brian May were judging the show, along with Dan Hawkins from Darkness.  They were all blown away by the high standard, and the decision to find a winner was proven extremely difficult.

 

Jordan Bracewell kicked off the afternoon of rock with a thumping rendition of Ace Of Spades – this certainly set the tone for the evening.

 

Martin Tomkins from Kettering stole the show and first prize with his awe inspiring performance of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Rock & Roll’.  He couldn’t get the grin off his face all night – especially after being presented, by his idols, a 1957 Gibson Les Paul Gold Top, which he called a “dream guitar”.  Jimmy Page introduced the winner as “this guy without doubt played it (Rock n’ Roll) better than I have done”

 

During an emotional acceptance speech Martin ended by saying “By making my dream come true you have also made a lot of dreams come true for the children of Brazil”

 

Coming a close second and winning a Gibson Les Paul Standard was Stuart Colquhoun who came all the way from Glasgow to perform ZZ Top’s ‘Tush’.

 

And head banging his way to third prize was ten year old Henry Colborne who amazed everyone with his pulsating version of Wishing Well (Free).

 

There was a plethora of other mind-blowing bands including Tommy Hubbard, winner of last years Riffathon Final, Lady K and Inna Mantra ex Skunk Annansie axe man Ace’s new band.

 

The Charity ABC Trust could not have been more pleased with the support and awareness raised by the event .



The Rock Radio and Jimmy Page Online presented 3 hours of non-stop Led Zeppelin music during a special broadcast on Sunday May 15, 2005.

The tunes had been selected by visitors of Jimmy Page Online and included classic tracks from Led Zeppelin, The Firm (collaboration with Paul Rodgers), solo work from Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Jeff Beck as well as live performances.

A special 'Thank You' goes out to all who participated in the voting!

The Playlist was as follows:

Rock And Roll (Live - Led Zeppelin)

Pride And Joy (Coverdale/Page)

Immigrant Song (Led Zep)

Whole Lotta Love (Live - Led Zep)

Someone To Love (The Firm)

Bron -Yr- Aur (Led Zep)

Shine It All Around (Robert Plant)

The Song Remains The Same (Live - Led Zep)

The Only One (Jimmy Page w/Robert Plant)

Kashmir (Led Zep)

White Summer/Black Mountain Side (Led Zep)

Who's To Blame? (Jimmy Page)

The Rain Song (Led Zep)

Shining In The Light (Page/Plant)

Beck's Bolero (Jeff Beck w/Jimmy Page)

Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (Led Zep)

Whisper A Prayer For The Dying (Coverdale/Page)

Black Dog (Led Zep)

Writes Of Winter (Jimmy Page)

Satisfaction Guaranteed (The Firm)

In My Time Of Dying (Led Zep)

Heartbreaker (Led Zep)

Since I've Been Living You (Live - from Destroyer - Led Zep)

Achilles Last Stand (Led Zep)

Gallows Pole (Live) (Page/Plant)

Stairway To Heaven (Live - Led Zep)

Dazed And Confused (Live - Led Zep)






Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, jamming in the midst of the suit-and-tie executives of Warner Music Group Corp., helped ring the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday (May 11th 2005) as the music publisher celebrated its initial public stock offering.

Page played about 1 minute of “Whole Lotta Love” for the traders and guests assembled at the stock exchange.



Queen Elizabeth II had a crash course in rock and pop music when she hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace for hundreds of stars including British guitar legends Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Brian May. 

Introduced to the four guitar masters at the reception for Britain's music industry her majesty asked Brian May: "And what do you do?"

May, from the rock band named Queen, reminded the Royal Queen that he had played the National Anthem on the palace roof to start a concert marking her 2002 Golden Jubilee.

"Oh! That was you was it?" Elizabeth II exclaimed.

Moving on to Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, the queen inquired: "Are you a guitarist too?"

Guitarist Eric Clapton took no chances and, firmly shaking her hand, introduced himself by name.

"Have you been playing a long time?" the queen asked.

"It must be 45 years now," replied Clapton, 59.




Led Zeppelin received The Recording Academy® Lifetime Achievement Award, on February 12th 2005.

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors lifelong artistic contributions to the recording medium. The award is decided by votes cast by The Recording Academy's National Trustees. The award is presented to individuals and/or companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.  

Formal acknowledgment of these special merit awards was made at a new elite ceremony during GRAMMY Week on Saturday, Feb. 12, as well as during the 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which was held at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005.

"The Lifetime Achievement recognize music people who have made a lasting contribution to culture around the world," said Neil Portnow, President of The Recording Academy. "These profoundly inspiring figures are being honored as legendary performers and archetypal musicians, cultural ambassadors, and technical visionaries. Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their craft have created a timeless legacy that has positively affected multiple generations, and will continue to influence generations to come."

Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones,  John Bonham) was formed in 1968. The quartet's interpretation of blues, experimentation with folk and world music, and their incorporation of mystical themes defined the hard rock genre and established the concept of album-oriented rock.

The final award of the day went to Led Zeppelin. The rock group's imprint and influence on popular music is indisputable, and it says something about the value of the Lifetime Achievement awards that two members of the band, John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page, were there to receive it (Robert Plant sent his thanks by way of a video that caught him mid-rehearsal, preparing for an upcoming solo tour and new album).

Bassist and keyboardist Jones spoke first and graciously thanked Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant, Atlantic Records' esteemed founder Ahmet Ertegun and "...the other half of our rhythm section, John Bonham." The late Bonham's son Jason and daughter Zoe spoke of deeply missing their father, but of being proud of his thriving legacy. As Jason put it, "Fans still speak of Led Zeppelin in the present — never in the past."

Jimmy Page, looking exceptionally dapper in jacket and tie, was last up at the podium, and his thanks summed up the feelings of all who were present for this day's extraordinary proceedings, "It's a feeling beyond words just to be among this illustrious company."

Accepting his Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammys on Saturday, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page offered a little adulation of his own.

"It really is an honor and a privilege because of this illustrious company," said Page, who acknowledged only one musician from the podium, and it wasn't any of his "Stairway to Heaven" band mates.
 
"Mr. Jerry Lee Lewis," he said, pointing to a table where the Sun Records legend was sitting. The British guitar great then exhorted a hearty "Boy!" more like the Killer's biggest fan than a fellow icon.

For more information please visit the Grammy Awards website.





Jimmy Page, the legendary guitarist for the rock group Led Zeppelin, became the first artist to be immortalised in the British Walk of Fame in London, England on August 23rd 2004. Page officially opened the new attraction on London's Piccadilly by casting his handprints in cement.

The site, outside the Virgin Music Superstore in Piccadilly Circus (formerly the old Tower Records store), London's landmark crossroads, is to be a tourist magnet for the city, which attracted more than 15 million foreign tourists last year.
Based on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame in the USA, the British version will soon add more music icons including Beatles survivors Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones and David Bowie.

"It's a real privilege and a great honour to be the first person to be immortalised this way," said the 60-year-old Page, after leaving his prints in fresh cement. "I'm really chuffed. A Walk of Fame is a fantastic idea and it's high time we had one in London. There are a lot of musicians out there who deserve the honour. If you started putting in all the people I think are deserving, you could cover the whole of London."

"This has always been a prestigious site for music so it's right that the Walk of Fame should be here," Page said.

The event included performances by the bands The Killers and Faithless, a PlayStation 2 tournament and a martial arts demonstration. 

 Page also said he might pen an autobiography chronicling Led Zeppelin’s years of rock’n’roll excess.

"There are a lot of stories to be told about what went on and insights
to give, into things that people don’t really know about," he said.

"So there’s a good book to be written and I’m thinking about writing it."



Gibson's Custom, Art & Historic division introduced a Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul model that replicates the unique neck shape and custom electronics of Page's favorite guitar. "Les Paul #1," as the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer calls his personal guitar, is a 1959 sunburst Gibson Les Paul that he bought from Joe Walsh in the early 1970s. The neck of Page's guitar is thick at the nut and at the neck heel, like a typical 1959 Les Paul, but it tapers to a super-slim depth in the middle. It was that way when Page acquired it, and he hasn't changed it. He did make two other modifications: He put a push/pull pot in the rear volume control that reverses the phase, in order to get a tone like Peter Green or B.B. King. And he replaced the original tuners with sealed, gold-plated Grovers to achieve the exact tuning and sensitivity of the Les Paul Custom he had been playing with Led Zeppelin. The Signature model comes equipped with Jimmy Page custom BurstBuckers

The special Page 'Burst finish is also unique to the new model, and the authentic look was further enhanced on 150 Limited Edition Aged Jimmy Page Les Pauls with custom aging by renowned luthier Tom Murphy (now sold out), followed by an unlimited run with the Custom Authentic treatment. The Jimmy Page Les Paul comes with a historic Les Paul case and custom care kit.

Page has a long affiliation with the Les Paul. His legendary hard rock riffs, first with the Yardbirds and later with Led Zeppelin, were a forerunner to the heavy metal genre, although he refused to be classified. He also wrote or co-wrote many of Zeppelin's classic songs and produced their albums. The Yardbirds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, while Led Zeppelin was honored in 1995.

For more information about the Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul,
go here, call 1-800 4GIBSON anytime or send Gibson Guitars an email .

From his earliest experiences as an in-demand session guitarist to the halcyon days of Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page has consistently crafted music so memorable and influential that its effect is still being felt today in genres as diverse as hip-hop and folk. At the heart of much of Page's landmark work is his #1 Les Paul. The new Custom Shop Jimmy Page Signature model is based on exhaustive research on Jimmy's actual guitar, and faithfully recreates all the unique features (including an elliptical neck profile and single push/pull pot for series parallel pickup switching) that make #1 the legendary instrument it is.

The Jimmy Page Signature model became available in a Limited Edition of 150 (all of which will be aged by Tom Murphy) and an unlimited run in Custom Authentic finish.
Aged Finish by Tom Murphy.



Body:
Top wood: Carved figured maple
Back wood: Solid mahogany
Binding: Single-ply cream on top
Available left-handed: No
Finish Colors: Page Burst, aged by Tom Murphy

Neck:
Neck construction: 1-piece mahogany with long neck tenon
Fingerboard wood: 22 fret rosewood
Inlays: Vintage trapezoid (accurate shape and color)
Binding: Single-ply cream
Profile: Jimmy Page custom
Scale length/Nut width: 24 3/4"; 1 11/16"
Strings: Vintage Reissue .010-.046

Electronics & Hardware:
Pickups: Jimmy Page custom BurstBuckers
Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way switch, push/pull pot for series/parallel switching
Hardware color: Aged Nickel and Gold
Bridge/Tailpiece: ABR-1/Lightweight aluminum
Tuner style: Kidney bean

Collateral: Custom Shopcase, Jimmy Page Certificate of Authenticity,
Custom Care Kit
All specs are subject to change without notice.

To hear this guitar, find a dealer or for more info visit Gibson Custom Guitars.



Queen guitarist Brian May has joined Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page in becoming a Patron of Unicef award winning charity ABC Trust.

The UK based Trust raises awareness and funds to help disadvantaged children and adolescents in Brazil, focusing on empowering the youngsters to transform and improve their own lives. The charity was founded by Jimena Page in 1998.

Brian agreed to support the Trust after sitting on the judging panel of the final of the charity’s nationwide guitar competition, Riffathon 2003 which was run in conjunction with the Academy for Contemporary Music.

He said, "The Riffathon was a great success. It was the first one ever, so quite experimental, but I could see it growing into a great event in the future. The proceeds of the evening went to the ABC charity, set up by Jimena Page a few years ago to benefit the lost children of Rio. It's become a very significant cause now, starting from just a soup kitchen originally. They've asked me to be a patron, from here on in, and I think I said Yes!!! "

For one month in May 2004, Selfridges will also support the ABC Trust. The store will celebrate all that is Brazil. It will be awash with the energy of South America’s largest, most populous, most provocative nation. Events at BRASIL 40º will generate both awareness and funds for the ABC TRUST. The Unicef award, the Itau-Unicef prize for outstanding educational and participation work, was presented to ABC’S Graos de Luz (Seeds of Light) project. The project provides education, craft workshops and a co-operative to some 120 children and young people each week. ABC provided £11,000 towards their core costs and website development last year www.graosgrio.hpg.ig.com.br

ABC’s other Patrons include Brazilian soccer stars Pele & Silvinho, Brazilian singer, Bebel Gilberto and City of God film director Fernando Meirelles.

Jimena Page welcomed Brian by saying; "I am delighted that Brian May, who is so warm and big-hearted, has kindly agreed to join the ABC Trust as one of our Patrons. He is such an amazing person who will do all he can to help our work with projects for Brazilian street children and those at risk. With Brian on board as a Patron 2004 is looking like being one of our most successful years yet!"



Tommy Hubbard, age 14 from Whitby won the 2003 Riffathon, which was a nationwide guitar competition in aid of Action For Brazil’s Children Trust.  The final was held at the University of Surrey on December 20th 2003. 
Judged by Rock Legends Jimmy Page and Brian May the ten Riffathon finalists each performed a Led Zeppelin classic track with a full live band. Tommy ‘s performance of  ‘Ramble On’ won him the star prize of a 1958 re-issue Gibson Les Paul standard guitar, donated by Gibson Guitars (Custom Art and Historic division).

 On announcing the winner Jimmy said, “I started the same way as everybody else here tonight. The one thing that came through for me is what six strings can do and that for each person who picks up a guitar their own identity and character shines through it. That’s what has always amazed me about guitar playing. The standard has been fantastic.”

 Brian May said, “It was tough to come to a decision, we loved all the guys. There were a lot of Gibsons on this stage but they all sounded completely different.”

 Jimena Page said, “This has been a brilliant and unique event that has been exciting and creative and on top of which has raised much needed funds. Thank you for that.”

The Riffathon runner’s up were:

2nd place – James Sedwards from London

3rd place – Michael Parker from Derbyshire

4th place – Michael McCullough from Lancashire


 
More photos from the event are available from
www.dannyclifford.com .  50% of the proceeds from sale the of photos will go to the ABC Trust to help alleviate the suffering of Brazil’s street children.



CLICK TO VISIT THE ABC TRUST WEBSITEABC Trust’s aim is the relief of suffering and the maintenance of education of deprived, poor and homeless children and young people and their families in Brazil. The Trust’s objectives are to ensure the basic needs, safety and well-being of children and adolescents on the streets and at risk; offer positive opportunities; educate for proper citizenship; train in vocational skills and trades; and transform and improve lives.

Currently most of ABC Trust’s projects are concentrated in Brazil's impoverished North East region, in the states of Bahia, Pernambuco, Ceara and Pariaba. The Charity also supports Casa Jimmy – a home for babies, very young children and pregnant young girls in the city of Rio de Janeiro through sister Charity Task Brazil. The latest project is Nos Do Cinema, a special media and film project set up by City of God film director Fernando Meirelles also in Rio.



Led Zeppelin received one of the top awards at the 2nd Annual Surround Music Awards which took place on December 11th 2003 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

LED ZEPPELIN DVDLed Zeppelin’s recently released self-titled DVD has brought an unparalleled amount of recognition and acceptance to music reproduced in surround sound. With millions of copies being bought all over the world, the SMAs named Led Zeppelin as the 2003 Surround Artist of the Year.

Kevin "Caveman" Shirley, who mixed both of the recent CD & the DVD  Zep releases, made an hour long  presentation on "The Making Of Led Zeppelin DVD" at the awards show. The Caveman showed some of his private behind the scenes photos from the sessions and he was presented with an award for the mixes he did on the Led Zeppelin DVD.

During the ceremony Kevin also read an acceptance/thank you letter written by Jimmy Page which was faxed to him by Jimmy before the show.



CLICK TO ORDER LED ZEPPELIN DVDTwenty-three years since playing their last concert, Led Zeppelin makes a dramatic return to the top of the charts with simultaneous #1 debuts on The Billboard 200 album chart - with "HOW THE WEST WAS WON" (3-CD set), and on the magazine's Top Music Videos chart - with "LED ZEPPELIN DVD" (2-DVD set).  "LED ZEPPELIN DVD" achieved by far the highest-ever first-week and single-week sales for a music DVD, its 120,000 SoundScan figure doubling the previous sales record set by Paul McCartney's "Back In The U.S." "HOW THE WEST WAS WON" is Led Zeppelin's first #1 Billboard album since their final studio album of all-new material, 1979's "IN THROUGH THE OUT DOOR." Both sets have been greeted with overwhelming critical acclaim and enormous media attention. Led Zeppelin's iconic status at rock radio was powerfully demonstrated once again upon the release of "HOW THE WEST WAS WON." Tracks from the album instantly took over 15 of the top 20 slots on the national classic rock format charts - reflecting heavy airplay on highly rated, major market stations.

With anticipation building to a feverish pitch in anticipation of the release of these eagerly awaited, previously unreleased Led Zeppelin live recordings, Atlantic Records announced an advance quadruple platinum shipment of "LED ZEPPELIN DVD," and platinum shipment of "HOW THE WEST WAS WON." The DVD set is being marketed by Atlantic in collaboration with Warner Strategic Marketing.

On the international front, the new Zeppelin releases are being greeted with equally spectacular success around the globe, with the DVD ranking #1 on the music video charts in Australia, Canada, France, Norway, Sweden, and the UK, and ranking in the top five in Austria, Holland, and Hong Kong. The CD debuted at #1 in Canada and #5 in the UK, with top ten premieres in Ireland, Italy, and Norway. Outside of the U.S., "LED ZEPPELIN DVD" is being marketed by Warner Vision International in collaboration with Warner Strategic Marketing International.

"The response to these Led Zeppelin live recordings has been nothing short of phenomenal," said Atlantic Group Co-Chairman/CEO Val Azzoli. "It confirms what we have always known, that Zeppelin's music is truly timeless, with an extraordinary appeal that crosses generations. The popularity of this groundbreaking quartet remains undiminished with time, generating an unprecedented demand for these brilliant and historic releases."



On Tuesday, May 27th - the street date for both the DVD and CD sets -Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones attended a special red carpet premiere of "LED ZEPPELIN DVD" at Loew's 34th Street Theatre in New York City, where they personally introduced the presentation to audiences which filled three separate theatres. The event, hosted by Loews Cineplex Entertainment, Premiere Radio Networks, and Atlantic Records, featured two hours of spectacular Led Zeppelin live concert footage - a specially edited version of the full five-and-a half hour DVD set, digitally restored and remixed in surround sound by Jimmy Page. That same evening, special premiere presentations of the DVD were also held at Loew's Theatres in seven other major markets.

Both releases have been supported by a high visibility campaign on AOL Music, kicking off May 12th with an exclusive "First View" of "What Is And What Should Never Be" (Royal Albert Hall, 1970) from "LED ZEPPELIN DVD." AOL members streamed the clip 393,780 times in two days, placing the video among the top ten of AOL's all-time First View promotions to date. In addition, AOL hosted a "Broadband Rocks" concert compilation of six selected performances from the DVD the weekend before release, followed on May 26th by a pre-release Listening Party for Disc One of "HOW THE WEST WAS WON."

These landmark Led Zeppelin recordings mark the first-ever official release of rare and extraordinary live performances spanning the band's entire career. Long-rumored and eagerly anticipated, the sets each contain entirely different material, with no overlap between the two releases. With over 200 million albums sold worldwide, Led Zeppelin is the biggest-selling rock group in history.

"LED ZEPPELIN DVD" has been culled from just a handful of performances which were ever filmed during the band's extraordinary lifetime. Featured are performances from: London's Royal Albert Hall in January 1970, just one year after the release of their debut album; their triumphant five-night run at London's Earls Court in May 1975; and their record-breaking shows at England's Knebworth Festival in August 1979, just one year before the death of drummer John Bonham led to the band's dissolution. Also included are songs from New York's Madison Square Garden in July 1973 which were not included in "THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME" concert film, the only previously released live Zeppelin footage. Other highlights of the DVD include: extremely rare television appearances, among them a performance for Danish television in March 1969; promotional clips; TV interviews; behind-the scenes material; and even a bit of fan-shot "bootleg" footage.

Visually and sonically stunning, "LED ZEPPELIN DVD" has been painstakingly restored, remixed, and remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, DTS, and PCM Two-Channel Stereo - under the personal supervision of Jimmy Page and director Dick Carruthers.

Recorded in California, "HOW THE WEST WAS WON" is a brilliant audio complement to the DVD. The material on the three CDs has been culled from two of the most legendary and incendiary live performances by Led Zeppelin, at the Los Angeles Forum and Long Beach Arena on June 25th and 27th, 1972. Melded together and sequenced to replicate a single concert from beginning to end, it captures the band at the height of their formidable powers. Among the highlights are a 25-plus minute version of "Dazed And Confused" and a 23-minute medley based around "Whole Lotta Love." Alongside such classics as "Stairway To Heaven" and "Rock And Roll," these shows find the band introducing songs from their forthcoming "HOUSES OF THE HOLY" album, which would not be released for another nine months.

2003 marks the 35th anniversary of the first fateful rehearsal which brought together the talents of guitarist Jimmy Page, vocalist Robert Plant, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham in the summer of 1968. In the decade between 1969 and 1979, the British quartet released eight studio albums and a live soundtrack (a posthumous set of previously unreleased studio material followed in '82). 23 years since their final concert performance (on July 7, 1980), they continue to be recognized as one of the most original, innovative, powerful, and influential groups in rock history.

While their work in the studio was brilliant, Led Zeppelin's work onstage was transforming. In concert, the band displayed a power and charisma unparalleled in modern music. Never content to simply replay their recordings, Zeppelin used the stage as a creative platform in its own right - introducing material live before it was recorded, and always expanding, improvising, and pushing into uncharted territory. Their legendary, epic live sets - often lasting more than three hours - were shamanistic experiences which traversed exceptional musical territory, sonic journeys which were truly cathartic experiences for the band and audience alike.



Led Zeppelin's 1971 masterpiece "Stairway To Heaven" was among the 21 recordings  inducted to the 2003 Grammy Hall of Fame this year."The purpose of the Hall Of Fame is to spotlight recorded musical masterpieces that have significantly impacted our musical history," said Academy President Neil Portnow. "This year's selections are outstanding recordings and compositions of social significance that uniquely represent pieces of our country's cultural history. They all greatly deserve to be memorialized."
The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame was established in 1973 by the Recording Academy's Board of Trustees to honor recordings of enduring quality and relevance or historical significance. Recordings can be either single tracks or full-length albums. Balloting is open to recordings released more than 25 years ago and are selected by a panel of respected professionals from the recording arts field, including musicologists and historians.
For more information about the Hall Of Fame  visit www.grammy.com


JIMMY PAGE




 
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