Iconic Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant told future Nirvana manager, and then Led Zeppelin publicist, Danny Goldberg to stay away from cocaine. Jimmy Page revealed who ruined the Led Zeppelin reunion yesterday.
Goldberg said in a new Music Business Worldwide interview, “I watched Peter Grant operate with such power and clarity on behalf of Zeppelin – the way he told the label what he wanted, the way he told promoters what he wanted, all on behalf of the artist. He was just this incredible larger than life figure, in more ways than one.
“I thought, ‘Gee, that’s what I wanna do.’ Seeing Peter Grant during those years was absolutely the inspiration for making me want to be a manager.”
Jimmy Page revealed what he did with Keith Richards’ girlfriend last week. Goldberg said a major lesson from Grant was when he told him to “stay away from cocaine” – although he clarifies that he’d “learned that in my personal life when I was younger anyway, [Grant] just reinforced it.”
“I learned about the role of a manager, to understand that we work for the artist, that our job is to be an advocate for the artist, and that without the artist there are no concerts, there are no records, there are no record companies.
“We need to be uncompromising – not necessarily in deals, but in attitude. I internalized that and I still carry it in my head to this day.” You can read the full interview at Music Business Worldwide.
Jimmy Page recently wrote on social media about Led Zeppelin’s earliest shows, “On this day in 1968, I played Gladsaxe Teen Club, Denmark with The New Yardbirds. This is the first Led Zeppelin date in 1968. Fulfilling some contractual Yardbird dates, the band was known as ‘The New Yardbirds’.
The setlist for this show included: Train Kept ‘A Rolling, For Your Love, I Can’t Quit You Baby, As Long as I Have You, Dazed and Confused, Communication Breakdown, Flames, You Shook Me, White Summer, Pat’s Delight (John Bonham Drum Solo), Babe I’m Gonna Leave You and How Many More Times. Page made a gross Steven Tyler revelation last month.