Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page recently called the late Janis Joplin his ‘drinking buddy.’ Joplin was killed by heroin and alcohol at the age of 27 in 1970.
“On this day in 1969, I got a passport stamp to enter the US. Led Zeppelin were to play the now famous Atlanta Pop Festival two days later on the 5th, headlined by old drinking pal Janis Joplin.
Chuck Berry was in his air-conditioned Cadillac with blacked-out windows in the backstage area. As far as I know, he didn’t leave it. We hung out a bit before our spot but left soon after our set.
Led Zeppelin’s next date would be the Newport Jazz Festival.”
He wrote today, “On this day in 1985, I played Independence Day with The Beach Boys 🇺🇸
Philadelphia and Washington were played on this memorable day and we travelled by train between the two cities.
Mr T was also on that trip. I became quite friendly with Beach Boy musician Bruce Johnston. It was an honour to meet Brian and Carl Wilson and play with The Beach Boys on this historic day, however, we don’t celebrate July 4th in England.”
Page wrote earlier this week, “On this day in 1988, my first solo album ‘Outrider’ had entered the Billboard charts.
The album was on David Geffen’s label. I had worked closely with the label’s publicist Bryn Bridenthal on press in LA to promote the record and even had a single released. The promo department did a good job on this one.”