During a recent appearance on the Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show, Jimmy Page shared what he thought about Led Zeppelin after the band’s first rehearsal, which took place in a small room in London on August 12, 1968.
Page told Uncle Joe Benson that the time with Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham was a life-changing experience for him.
“What I knew was I’d never felt something like that before; and what I also knew was everybody else was in the same boat,” Page said about the first rehearsal.
He added, “No matter what they’d done in the past, they’d never been in a situation where everything was so sort of intense and so heavily connected – profoundly connected, musically – on just our first meeting and getting together to play.”
The rehearsal took place after The Yardbirds‘ final show in 1968. Page, Plant, Jones and Bonham performed their first show as the New Yardbirds on September 7. After that, they began working on their self-titled debut album.
“I’d worked with Robert at my house, going through the various things I wanted to do like ‘Dazed and Confused,’ ‘Babe I’m Gonna Leave You’… but that initial rehearsal was enough for everybody to say, ‘Yeah,” Page said.
“We were recording in October of ’68; the Yardbirds were still going in July of ’68. You can imagine how quickly this whole thing came together,” he added.
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