Led Zeppelin lead guitarist Jimmy Page shared a post on his official Instagram page revealing the first time he ever played after the disbandment of Led Zeppelin, and apparently, he performed with Yes bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White.
As you may know, on December 4, 1980, nearly two months after the tragic death of drummer John Bonham, Led Zeppelin decided to break up since the band has chosen to protect their legacy by staying loyal to their line-up.
Since then, Led Zeppelin members have been occasionally working together for special events such as Live Aid in 1985 and 1988 Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary concert in which they performed with Bonham’s son, also a drummer himself, Jason Bonham. Led Zeppelin’s most recent show was in 2007 when they performed at Ahmet Ertegun tribute show.
Recently, Jimmy Page shared a post on his official Instagram page reminding his fans of the first time he performed after the break-up of Led Zeppelin. Page stated that performing was the best medicine he could have had at that time, back in 1981. Jimmy also praised Yes members he has worked with during the XYZ sessions and revealed that his fans can check out the work they have done together on his website.
Here is what Page said:
“On this day in 1981, I played the XYZ sessions at The Sol.
The first playing I did after Led Zeppelin split up was with Chris Squire and Alan White – the rhythm section of Yes. They got in contact and said they had some material and I said I had a studio.
This was the best medicine I could have had at this time and I knew that playing with them might be quite challenging, knowing the quality and precision of the music they had established with Yes. In fact, the combination of the three of us proved to be substantial.”
“Chris had supplied bass, piano, and vocals, with Alan on backing vocals and drums. Chris even had a name for the outfit – XYZ – and I believe they hoped Robert Plant would have a listen but I think he was occupied. And the party was over. However, the music that was done at this point was really good.
Head to my website today to hear a rare sample of Rock & Ruin – a rough mix of something I presented to them, but their songs were more impressive.”
In addition to reminding his fans of the very first time he performed after being a part of Led Zeppelin for so many years, Jimmy Page also revealed a chapter from his brand new book named ‘Jimmy Page: The Anthology’ about the experience.
Here is what Page said:
“Here’s an excerpt about XYZ from JP’s new book, Jimmy Page: The Anthology, available now from Genesis Publications
Chris and Alan kept me on my toes because they played with such precision and inventiveness. Their material came in at a totally different tangent from what I was used to. I really enjoyed being tested like that with their character material.
Mind you, when I tried them with what was to become ‘Fortune Hunter’ it took them a little while to pick it up, so I guess they were being tested, too, with my character material. It was a great fusion between three musicians. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience with them.
I subsequently laid overdubs to the pieces that we recorded. Unfortunately, none of it has come out. Maybe it will one day.”
You can see the Instagram post below.