The founder and guitarist of Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page has disclosed the story of how he founded the British rock supergroup, The Firm, while recalling the conversation he had with the famous singer, Paul Rodgers, and referring to the most logical thing he did in his life.
The phenomenal multi-instrumentalist and record producer, Jimmy Page, has revealed a section from his brand new limited-edition book, ‘Jimmy Page: The Anthology,’ on his latest Instagram post, in which he displayed the equipment he used with The Firm.
In the quote, Page reminisces about the day when he and Paul Rodgers were flying home from the American ARMS shows. He says, he asked Rodgers what he was going to do next and Rodgers said he didn’t actually have anything planned.
Upon that, Page suggested they do something together and founded The Firm. The guitarist goes on and admits that forming a band was the most logical thing to do as they were playing so well together, and really getting on.
As you might know, the iconic rock band, The Firm, was formed in 1984. The band featured the British-Canadian singer, Paul Rodgers, guitarist Jimmy Page, drummer Chris Slade, and bass player Tony Franklin.
The co-founders of The Firm, Page and Rodgers, refused to play material by their former bands as long as the band existed. Yet, at least one performance of ‘Midnight Moonlight‘ from The Firm’s first studio album featured sections of ‘White Summer’ and ‘Kashmir,’ originally recorded by Page’s ex-bands The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin.
Here’s what Jimmy Page said in his latest Instagram post:
“On this day in 1984, I played in Hamburg with The Firm.
During The Firm’s first tour of Europe, we played Hamburg Audimax. The setlist included:
Make Up Or Break Up
Money Can’t Buy
Here’s an excerpt about The Firm from JP’s new book, ‘Jimmy Page: The Anthology,’ available now from Genesis Publications.
‘When we were flying home from the American ARMS shows, I asked Paul Rodgers what he was going to do next. He said that he didn’t actually have anything planned. Neither did I, so I suggested we do something together. And that’s how we founded the Firm.”
“Forming a band was the most logical thing to do. We were playing so well together, and really getting on so that it just made sound sense to continue. From what we’d been doing on the ARMS tour, including ‘Midnight Moonlight’, we had material ready to hit the first album.
This is the equipment I used with the Firm when we recorded ‘The Firm’ and ‘Mean Business.’ There is the brown Telecaster string bender and my old AC30, which I’d had from the Led Zeppelin days. And then two-foot pedals: a Chorus and an Overdrive. I still have one of the old Telecaster touring cases.”
You can see the post below.