Mick Jagger, the British legend and the frontman of The Rolling Stones, talked about Jimmy Page and their recently released collaboration ‘Scarlet‘ during a radio program.
Jagger has given an interview to the BBC’s ‘The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show‘ together with Jimmy Page and explained what he thinks about the iconic guitarist Page. Mick Jagger has mentioned that he met the members of Led Zeppelin 10 years before they recorded the song ‘Scarlet’ with Jimmy Page.
Jagger stated that he met John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page in the 60s when they all were very young and Mick Jagger, himself, was a producer. He said about Jimmy Page that he was one of the best session guitarists at the time and he enjoyed watching them live.
Mick Jagger also said about Jimmy Page that he hasn’t spoken to him for years, but he always respects him and loves him. Jagger admitted that he admires Page’s talent and that he is glad to work with him.
Here is what Mick Jagger remembers about the time he met with the members of Led Zeppelin:
“Well, the thing was, very early on, we’re going 10 years before that – makes you feel very young. I used to produce records, I did this record ‘Out of Time‘ for Chris Farlowe [in 1966], which was a very successful record in the early ’60s.
Keith and I wrote it, and I used to be a producer – it was fun for me, I was sort of learning the trade, so to speak, and it was all played live, of course.
And the backing musicians, one of them was Jimmy Page, and he was one of the best session guitarists at the time, he was very young, they used to play chess in between takes, that was their thing.”
“And that’s how I met Jimmy, and that’s how I met John Paul Jones – because he was the bass player. So I knew Jimmy from then, and I knew John Paul Jones from then, and then 10 years later – or a bit less than 10 years later – they made this very successful band.
And I used to go watch them live, I remember watching their concerts live, it was great – thunderous racket.
And I saw their last concert as well [the London O2 Arena one-off reunion in 2007], and they were absolutely incredible, and I was so disappointed they didn’t actually go on [reunion] tour and do it, but that’s their business, not mine.”
Jagger also talked about the collaboration ‘Scarlet‘:
“Well, ‘Scarlet,’ I’ve completely forgotten about this one. It was recorded in 1973, and it was recorded in Ronnie’s basement, at his house. It sounds very rock ‘n’ roll, doesn’t it?
But I must say this basement was very luxurious. [Laughs] And anyway, we just got together and started – it was Keith [Richards, guitar] and me, and then Jimmy Page turned up for some reason, and we had various other musicians.
So I had this song, and so we ran through this amongst other things, and then Keith and I just focused on it, and since then I had completely forgotten about it.”
“I thought it was Ginger Baker on drums, and Jimmy Page remembered – I didn’t remember anything – Jimmy Page remembered everything, ‘This person’s done this, it wasn’t Ginger Baker,’ and I said, ‘Alright.’
I haven’t spoken to him [Page] in years, but he’s very sweet, and he moved the whole thing. Anyway – here it is, it’s one of the extra tracks that we’ve put on ‘Goats Head Soup.'”
You can check out the rest of the interview here.