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The singer that Jimmy Page said is phenomenal

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Jimmy Page, one of the most original and influential guitarists in music history, had an intriguing and enigmatic beginning to his career. When Page was twelve years old, his family moved to a new home on Miles Road in Surrey, England. The home was unoccupied at the time, but there was a Spanish guitar that the previous owners had likely left behind, and that altered both Page’s life and the music.

He attended a few local classes, but over the years, he picked up most of the knowledge on his own and naturally, not much later he rose to prominence as one of London’s most well-known session guitarists. He became well-known as a member of The Yardbirds and then became a true guitar hero when he joined Led Zeppelin as their guitarist and producer thanks to his skill and expertise.

Throughout the years, the musician spoke highly of several other outstanding musicians from his period and even praised a vocalist.

The singer that Jimmy Page said is phenomenal

Jimmy Page worked with a ton of amazing musicians in the 1960s, including Donovan and The Who, during his time as a studio musician. He began his career in bands with two amazing vocalists: Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin and Keith Relf of The Yardbirds. But later on, Page continued, he also performed with Paul Rodgers, another vocalist, who was amazing.

Born in 1949 in Middlesbrough, England, Rodgers is five years younger than Page. 1968 saw the formation of Led Zeppelin, the year he began his musical career. He rose to stardom both with Bad Company and as a member of Free. Page and Jimmy Page were members of the supergroup The Firm in the 1980s. He also spent a few years touring and recording with Roger Taylor and Brian May of Queen in the past couple of decades.

In a 2017 interview with Uncut magazine, Page discussed the well-known record label Swan Song, which was founded by Led Zeppelin. Rodgers was the singer for Bad Company, a group that was affiliated with the label. Jimmy then discussed the band and complimented him on his amazing vocals.

Jimmy said, “Bad Company… Bad Company was more Peter Grant’s (Led Zeppelin’s manager) thing, Peter had the Bad Company thing and put that together. That was really a great band to have on there because of Paul Rodgers, he’s phenomenal. He was then and still is.”

Page said Paul Rodgers hasn’t lost his magic and Bad Company’s performance was “high class”

Paul Rodgers is a well-known vocalist, but he hasn’t yet been honored with a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Bad Company and Free are still not in it. Page and Rodgers remain close friends, and Page shared on social media that he attended the 2010 Bad Company reunion gig at Wembley.

Jimmy Page remarked, “I saw Bad Company at Wembley and I went with original drummer Simon Kirk and guitarist Mick Ralphs. It was really good to hear those guys going through their paces and Paul Rodgers’ performance was high class. He hasn’t lost his magic.”

How Paul Rodgers convinced Jimmy Page to play guitar again

Jimmy Page turned his attention to other projects, like as film compositions, when Led Zeppelin disbanded in 1980 as a result of the untimely death of frontman John Bonham, who was just 32 years old. But Paul Rodgers persuaded him to pick up the guitar again in 1984. Eventually, they came together to form the band The Firm, which included bassist Tony Franklin (Roy Harper, Whitesnake, Kate Bush), drummer Chris Slade (Tom Jones, David Gilmour, AC/DC), and other great players.

Paul Rodgers recounted how he persuaded Page to return to the studio and stage in a 2023 interview with Howard Stern. “When Mick (Ralphs) and I decided that the band was going to be called Bad Company and we had a bunch of songs together, a friend of mine worked with Led Zeppelin. He came around to visit me in my cottage in the country. He said ‘You guys should call Peter Grant’. So I sad ‘Well, ok. I mean, I don’t think that the manager of the biggest band in the world is going to want to talk to me. But I’ll give him a call.”

He continued, “So I called him up and I said ‘Hello Peter, I got a band here. Are you interested?’ He said: ‘Well, I’m interested in you’. So I said to him: ‘Well, there’s four of us and we are called Bad Company, that’s like it. He said: ‘Well, I don’t know about the name’ (laughs). Mick and I were determined that was going to be called Bad Company. We thought it was like the perfect name for a band. So we stuck to our guns and Peter became our manager.”

“He brought us to America and actually Led Zeppelin themselves were very, very good to us, I must say. We were the first ones (to be signed) on the new label Swan Song. They introduced us formally actually to America. It was just so great because we were kind of nobody at that point. It was just so great to have somebody so monstrous, monstrously big in the world of Rock and Roll to introduce us to the American people.”

“When John Bonham, very sadly, he died. It was a real shock to the system. At that point I decided I didn’t want to tour with Bad Company anymore and I sat back from that. Led Zeppelin basically stopped working because Jimmy just didn’t wanna play. He didn’t play for two years. After that Jimmy called me up and said (I’m going there to see you). When Jimmy was coming around all the people that are around him you know, his roadie and his driver and everybody just said ‘Whatever you do, don’t ask him to play the guitar when he gets in the studio. So as soon as he got to the studio I said: ‘Hi Jimmy, did you bring your guitar? Let’s have jam (laughs)’.”

Paul continued, “And they all went ‘Oh my God, shush. Don’t do that!’. But by the end of the evening I have to say he was playing and he was playing brilliantly. I think that because he was in deep mourning actually about the loss of a good friend. A great drummer and somebody that he deeply loved, he was just mourning. I thought, well the best for anybody to bring them out of a depression like that deep mourning is to do the thing you love.”

The Firm released their self-titled album in 1985 and was only in operation for two years, from 1984 to 1986. The most well-known song on the album, “Radioactive,” was penned by Page and Rodgers. Their last album, “Mean Business,” was released the following year. In addition to Jimmy and Paul producing them once more, Julian Mendelsohn assisted, as he would with several other well-known performers in the years to come. Paul McCartney, Dusty Springfield, Liza Minelli, and the Pet Shop Boys were a few of them.

 

 

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