Friday, November 20, 2015

Seen To Be Playing

Jimmy Page promised to do so just last week, and now here he was, fulfilling his promise "to be seen playing," a full 6-8 months early when he stepped onstage last night, Sunburst Les Paul in hand, to jam with a stage full of musicians on Led Zeppelin's Rock and Roll.

Page had said he wouldn't play at Seattle's Experience Music Project Museum benefit show in honour of the guitarist, who was receiving the EMP Founders Award. But at nights end he surprised everybody by going onstage and joining a vast group of musicians, including former Firm bandmate Paul Rogers.

The evening featured a full show of music from Page's career, including Rogers performing two Firm songs and Cheap Trick's Rick Neisen playing Page/Beck era Yardbirds song Happenings Ten Years Time Ago. The house band consisted of a rhythm section of GN'R's bassist Duff McKagan and Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin, and was joined by Rogers, Nielsen, Tesla's Brian Wheat, Nirvana's Krist Novoselic and Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson among others.

Set List:

(with Rich Robinson and John Hogg)

      Ten Years Gone
      Custard Pie
      Sick Again
      Dazed and Confused

(with Jerry Cantrell and William Duvall)

     When the Levee Breaks
     Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)
     No Quarter
     How Many More Times

(with Kim Thayil and William Duvall)

     Immigrant Song
     Communication Breakdown
     Four Sticks

(with John Hogg, Kim Thayil and Krist Novoselic)

     Out on the Tiles

(with John Hogg and Rick Nielsen)

     Happenings Ten Years Time Ago

(with Paul Rogers and Brian Wheat)

     Satisfaction Guaranteed    

(everybody, plus Jimmy Page and Paul Allen)

     Rock and Roll

Rolling Stone has a comprehensive take on the evening, including a testicle count count.



Duff McKagan - bassist Guns N' Roses
Barrett Martin - drummer Screaming Trees
Rich Robinson - guitarist The Black Crowes
John Hogg - singer Moke
Jerry Cantrell - guitarist Alice in Chains
William Duvall - Singer Alice in Chains
Kim Thayil - guitarist Soundgarden
Krist Novoselic - bassist Nirvana
Rick Nielsen - guitaist Cheap Trick
Paul Rogers - singer/guitarist Bad Company, The Firm (with Jimmy Page)
Brian Wheat - bassist Tesla
Paul Allen - co-founder Microsoft Corporation
Jimmy Page - theraminist

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