John Paul Jones On Led Zeppelin: ‘We Weren’t Friends, And That Was Good’

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In a recently resurfaced 2007 interview with Q magazine,

John Paul Jones delved into the dynamics within Led Zeppelin, revealing that the band members had no friendships outside of their professional relationship. He noted that this lack of socializing actually benefited the band:

“I mean, we weren’t like a group who grew up together and made it big. Led Zeppelin wasn’t exactly manufactured, but it was put together by Jimmy… Even with Zeppelin, the thing is we never socialized. As soon as we left the road, we never saw each other, which I always thought contributed to the longevity and harmony of the band. We weren’t friends.”

The ‘Rule’ Of The Studio Sessions

Jones first met Page while they were both session musicians, long before Led Zeppelin was formed. Reflecting on that time in the same interview, Jones mentioned that even then, they never tried to socialize:

“Even though I’d see him in the studio every day, we never socialized. The rule with studio sessions in those days was you didn’t book your mates.”

Why It Was Hard To Work With Jones

Despite their professional relationship, Robert Plant often found it challenging to work with Jones.

In a 1982 interview with Classic Rock, his first after Led Zeppelin disbanded, Plant stated that the band would never reunite without Bonham. When asked about potential future collaborations with Jones or Page, Plant mentioned that working with Jones had always been difficult due to their different approaches:

“It was always difficult to collaborate with Jonesy because he never listened to the lyrics. I used to talk about a song, and he would say, ‘Now, which song would that be?’ And I’d go, ‘You know, the one on ‘Presence.’ And he’d say, ‘I’m sorry, I’m not familiar with the titles, what key was it in?’ I’d sigh and say, ‘I haven’t a clue, Jonesy.’”

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