Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page revealed how Keith Emerson was ‘stabbing the keyboard with knives’ at a concert in a new Instagram post. Page recently posted a recent Led Zeppelin reunion photo.
Led Zeppelin played at the Bath Festival twice – once in 1969 and once in 1970 – and both concerts coincided on the 28th June.
In 1969, @LedZeppelin were within the bill, but I remember seeing The Nice play with Keith Emerson for the first time. He was phenomenal to watch at that time, stabbing the keyboard with knives to set up a drone, whilst playing and improvising over it. Rocking the organ backwards and forward, switching it on and off, making it alter in pitch and defying gravity. At this time he was the Hendrix of the Hammond organ. Fantastic.
In 1970, we played and it was really cold. The people at the front of the audience were covered by sleeping bags, coats and blankets to keep them warm. It was because of the cold weather that I wore my overcoat and hat that day. It was an honest statement.
This was around the Bron-yr-aur and third album period, so material was played hot off the press. We started with ‘Immigrant Song’ and were relentless in showing why we deserved to be top of the bill. Here’s a setlist.
Dazed & Confused
Bring It On Home
Since I’ve been Loving You
The Boy Next Door (That’s The Way)
What Is and What Should Never Be
How Many More Times
Whole Lotta Love
Long Tall Sally
There was an attempt to film this, but, as we preferred to play at dusk, the filming was unsuccessful as the film crew had brought daylight film – as opposed to the High Speed film needed to capture night filming.
Sir Peter Blake told me that he attended both of these concerts.”
Led Zeppelin icon Robert Plant discussed the idea of starting his new show and why is now the right time to look back at Plant’s career, thus far on his ‘Digging Deep’ podcast. He revealed that he recorded some music that he believed at the time was embarrassing after Led Zeppelin split up, and he discussed his mindset when the band ended in 1980. Alternative Nation transcribed Plant’s comments.
Plant: Well, I suppose really I had met a lot of people along the way, a lot, and they’d say: “why don’t you play some of those songs from what happened after the passing of Led Zeppelin”? For the next twenty years after that, there were some very interesting changes. Some swoops and sweeps. I had played with a lot of challenging musicians and we had worked very had to create a footprint in those various times. I wouldn’t say to be more mature, but rather more broad-minded. I was moving through the spheres pretty quickly, maybe 1980 onward.
Plant continues later on in the show:
Plant: So, these little podcast things are basically a wraparound of things that I really like that at times I thought I was embarrassed about.
Plant: Yeah, some of the sounds, some of the attitudes, some of the sort-of, kitsch.