Led Zeppelin guitar legend Jimmy Page launched his official website today (July 14). There have been other unofficial sites devoted to Page over the years, but this is one that he personally created, designed and will oversee.
“I’ve had the domain name for a number of years,” Page said. “I’ve just been sitting on it, and a number of people had made approaches about setting something up and it got to a point that it felt it was the right time to put the website together. I think this is the ideal vehicle to present my past, present and future work.”
Included on the site is some great material including the ‘On This Day’ section, a daily diary featuring events spanning the guitarist’s entire career from the 1960s to the present. The multimedia presentation will include video, audio, rare photos, unreleased material and more. Each entry will be accompanied by a ‘personal anecdote’ from Page.
But take note: each entry will be available for only 24 hours. There will be no archiving, so if you miss something, you’re out of luck. Check out the new site here: jimmypage.com
The website also will eventually include an overview of Page’s recorded work (with notes from Jimmy himself), along with an online store selling limited-edition items (some signed by the guitarist), plus exclusive music releases. Access to JimmyPage.com is free, but you have to register and sign in with a password to view all of its content.
Jimmy Page joined The Black Crowes on stage last night (Wednesday, July 13) at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, England to perform the song “Shake Your Money Maker”.
In October 1999, Page teamed up with The Black Crowes for a two-night performance of material from the Led Zeppelin catalogue and old blues and rock standards. A live album, “Live At The Greek”, was recorded during these shows and released in February 2000. The set was dominated by Led Zeppelin tunes, along with a mix of classic blues nuggets and covers of Fleetwood Mac and Page’s first group, The Yardbirds. (Due to contractual obligations, no Crowes songs were included.)
Matt Warnock at Guitar International has published an article on how legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page’s career was kicked off by a jam session. An excerpt is available below:
Though jam sessions have their ups and downs, as up and coming guitarists we keep coming back for more. For one, because we like to play and jam with our friends. But we also do it because we know that if we play well on a night when a big local, regional or national name is sitting in we can get that all important call for our shot at a steady gig, tour or recording session that can take our careers to the next level.
Led Zeppelin guitarist and rock legend Jimmy Page is living proof that this can happen to anyone at anytime. Before he was a member of The Yardbirds or the guitarist for the Mighty Zep, Page was an art school student without a paying gig. As he told Guitar Player in 1977, “I stopped playing and went to art college for about two years, while concentrating more on blues playing on my own.”
But, the future Rock n Roll Hall of Famer didn’t stop going to jam sessions at the Marquee Club, which as he explains led to his big break, ” I used to go up and jam on a Thursday night with the interlude band. One night somebody said, “Would you like to play on a record?” and I said, “Yeah, why not.” It did quite well, and that was it after that.”
Woody Allen says that 80% of success is simply showing up, and Page is a living example of this thought in action. He could have stayed at home and practiced in his room, waiting for the phone to ring. But instead, he got out and played at his local jam session, in the interlude band no less, which led to the first major breakthrough in his career.
Read the entire article here: guitarinternational.com