Monday, September 26, 2011

JIMMY PAGE LIFE (3)

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In 1994, Page reunited with Plant for No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded to recreate Led Zeppelin classics as acoustic works. They also recorded a few new songs for this project, which consisted of a television special and an album. The pair also went on tour together in 1995. That same year, Led Zeppelin was inducted into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame.

Page and Plant worked together again on 1998's Walking Into Clarksdale. The album was critically well-received. "Plant's Moroccan-blues swagger and Page's unmistakable, scruffy-smart guitar touch come together beautifully," raved Entertainment Weekly . They won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance for "Most High."


Page then teamed up with The Black Crowes in 1999 for a concert in England that led to a highly praised U.S. tour with the band. The concerts were produced into a live album called Live at the Greek the following year. He planned on touring with the Black Crowes that year, but he had to back out after hurting his back. In 2005, Page received an important honor for his charitable work. Queen Elizabeth II made him an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for helping to found Action for Brazil's Children Trust. The charity, established by Page and his second wife Jimena, also operates a shelter for street children called Casa Jimmy. The trust also supports local Brazilian organizations that provide education and other assistance to kids in need.

Returning to music, Page helped revive Led Zeppelin in 2007 for a special benefit show for the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund, named for the late co-founder of Atlantic Records. Tickets sold out quickly for the first appearance of Led Zeppelin in 19 years (with Jason Bonham again filling in for his late father on drums). The concert was held on December 10 at London's O2 Arena, and it proved to be a triumphant return for the famous 70s supergroup. Critics raved about their show, which lasted more than two hours. Rolling Stone had high praise for Page, writing he "was a continual shock on guitar, mostly because he has played so little in public for the past decade. At sixty-three, Page is undiminished in his sorcerer's mix of reckless ferocity—stammering runs, strangled howls, granite-block chords—and guitar-army wow." Rumors swirled about a possible Led Zeppelin reunion.

In 2008, Page, John Paul Jones, and Jason Bonham were working on trying to find a new lead vocalist to replace Plant for a reunion album and tour. Plant had decided he did not want to participate in the project. "We are trying out a couple of singers…There's no point in just finding another Robert. You could get that out of a tribute band, but we don't want to be our own tribute band, Jones told BBC Radio.

While this new group has yet to materialize, Page has been at work on a pictorial autobiography. The limited edition book will be released through Genesis Publications and will feature numerous photographs from his personal collection. He was also featured in the 2009 documentary It Might Get Loud with The Edge from U2 and Jack White of the White Stripes.

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