Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy recently shared his experience of his 2008 studio jam with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer Jason Bonham. It has been noted that the sessions were held after Zeppelin’s successful December 2007 comeback show at the O2 Arena in London as a way to possibly keep the band going without frontman Robert Plant, who refused to commit to additional shows.
Myles Kennedy shares his experience
In a new interview with Matt Pinfield of 95.5 KLOS’s “New & Approved” Kennedy talked about the matter. Regarding how the jam came about, Myles said:
“Interestingly enough, I met Jason during [the making of] ‘Rock Star’ [the 2001 American musical comedy-drama film], ’cause he was in the Steel Dragon band in that movie; he was the drummer. And I remember at one point sitting down with him in between — I don’t know if we were rehearsing or something — and I mentioned to him. We got to talking about his father’s legacy and how much I appreciated it. And he was genuinely… I was really impressed with him and just how proud he was of his dad and everything that he achieved. And that was really beautiful to see.
So, fast forward about — I don’t know; was it six, seven years, whenever it was, I get this text from Jason, and he’s, like, ‘Can you call me?’ And I was touring at the time, and I was in Germany; we just played a festival over in Germany. And I thought, ‘Oh, maybe he has a friend over here who wants to come to a show, get tickets or something.’ So I buzzed him. It was at night. And [Jason] was just basically, ‘Look, I’m here in London. Would you be interested in coming over this weekend? I’m jamming with some friends.’ And I’m, like, ‘I’m on tour. Just out of curiosity, who are your friends?’ So when he lays out who his friends are, I’m just, like, ‘Okay. Yeah, I think we can make that work.’ [Laughs] So, yeah, it was crazy. I flew to London a few days later.
And they let me know what songs to kind of have prepared. And we jammed — we jammed for a day — and it’s something I will never, ever forget. And so it went well. And then they reached out and asked if I’d be interested in coming back a few months later, and we jammed some more — I think four more days or something. It was the stuff dreams are made of. If someone would have told me when I was a kid listening to ‘In Through The Out Door’ or [laughs] any of those records, like, ‘You’re gonna be in a room jamming these songs with those guys someday’ … It was just such a trip.”
When asked which Led Zeppelin songs he played with Page, Jones and Bonham, Kennedy said: “‘No Quarter’ — that was amazing, getting to play that with them. ‘Carouselambra’, which is kind of an off-the-beaten-path kind of song you don’t hear a lot about. But I love that song. And that was great. There were some fun moments, ’cause it’s just a very long sonic journey. I enjoyed that. What else did we play? We did play ‘Kashmir’. That was something else.”