Led Zeppelin’s founder and legendary guitarist, Jimmy Page, recently posted a black and white photo on his Instagram account and recalled two unforgettable shows that he put on with Led Zeppelin and Robert Plant while remembering how energetic they were on stage.
As you know, in comparison to other rockstars who use their social media accounts as a platform where they can announce their latest projects or share their views on various matters, Page prefers to use his Instagram account to post memories from years ago and tell stories to amuse his followers.
In his recent Instagram post, he talked about two of the most memorable performances he has ever given. One of them dates back to 1969, just one year after the band’s formation. Led Zeppelin had the chance to perform at the Boston Tea Party which back then ‘was to be known as a bastion of underground music.’ The band played for three and a half hours but the audience loved them so much that they just wouldn‘t let them go.
The next one is from the post-Led Zeppelin era, when Robert Plant and Jimmy Page had started recording and touring together. Jimmy Page talked about their 1996 concert in Santiago, Chile from which he has two funny memories. The first is about a power cut that ‘interfered with the starting time of the show’ which however didn’t discourage the passionate audience they had.
The second memory is a quirky one as it involves two members of their production crew who ‘were serial sun-worshippers by day.’ However, this was apparently a bad idea in Santiago as they got really sunburnt which taught all of them ‘not to underestimate the sun‘s intensity in Santiago’ and Page added that he was glad their show was in the evening.
Here’s what Jimmy Page said in the caption of his recent Instagram post:
“On this day in 1969, Led Zeppelin played at the Boston Tea Party. The venue host was Don Law, who had established what was to be known as a bastion of underground music. It was during this run of concerts that we were to play a three and a half-hour set – this became quite legendary on the musical grapevine – but the audience just wouldn’t let us go and Don Law was quite clearly a cool promoter.
Also today, in 1996, Page and Plant played in Santiago, Chile. My memories of this are of a testy moment when a power cut interfered with the starting time of the show, but it was a passionate audience that night. Two members of the production crew – Rex King and Rex King – who were serial sun-worshippers by day, were caught out by the sun on that occasion and were burnt by the pool. A message went round to all of us not to underestimate the sun’s intensity in Santiago and, fortunately, the show was in the evening.”
Click here to check out the photo that Jimmy Page posted on his Instagram account and you can listen to a part of Led Zeppelin’s performance at the Boston Tea Party below.