Led Zeppelin’s founder and iconic guitarist, Jimmy Page, recently posted a photo from twenty years ago on his Instagram account and reminisced the time he got a chance to watch Iron Maiden perform at the famous festival Rock in Rio.
As you probably know, Jimmy Page is one of the few old-school rockstars who enjoys actively using his social media. However, he doesn’t use Instagram as a platform where he announces his latest projects, or shares sneak peeks from his life. Instead, he likes posting photos from years ago and recalling memories which he still holds very dear.
In his recent Instagram post, Jimmy Page talked about the time he had the chance to watch Iron Maiden perform at one of the biggest music festivals in modern history, the Rock in Rio festival. Iron Maiden had performed at the first Rock in Rio festival back in 1985, but the headliners were famous bands such as Queen, George Benson, Rod Stewart, AC/DC, and Yes.
Some years later, at the 2001 Rock in Rio festival, Iron Maiden was one of the headliners, and thus, this was a big deal for the band. As it turns out, Jimmy Page was also in Brazil and Iron Maiden invited him to attend their concert. Steve Harris, Iron Maiden’s bassist and primary songwriter, had previously said in an interview that he was highly influenced by Led Zeppelin, Uriah Heep, Pink Floyd, Queen, and some other legendary games.
Thus, it must have been a great honor for him to have Jimmy Page on the front row. Page recalled that day and said that Iron Maiden put on an amazing show with one of the best audiences in the world. He went on to say that Brazilian people know how to enjoy themselves and that being there at a festival like that was an amazing experience.
Here’s what Jimmy Page said in the caption of his recent Instagram post:
“On this day in 2001, I saw Iron Maiden perform at Rock in Rio.
Because I was in Brazil, it gave me an opportunity to take up an invite to see Iron Maiden perform at Rock in Rio. Rob Halford, from Judas Priest, kindly gave me a lift to the site in the helicopter, and here is a photo of me backstage playing a guitar that I believe was signed for charity.
Iron Maiden filmed this show with one of the best audiences in the world. Always memorable, the Rock in Rio – Brazilian people know how to enjoy themselves at even the smallest party so you can imagine what they are like at a major festival!
Photo: Ross Halfin 2001″
Click here to check out the photo that Jimmy Page posted on his Instagram account.