His Best Playing Since 1973
So Of Course Robert Quits
1998 was a banner year for Jimmy Page. He was again touring with Led Zeppelin chum, Robert Plant, and his guitar playing was crazy good. The Bizarre Festival was held in Germany, in August, and Page / Plant were there. And they killed it. As Robert says, in his introduction to How Many More Times, the rain and wind had turned the outdoor space into a “miserable, wet, field”, but it mattered not. For Page and Plant kicked the shit out of those Germans.
Awhile back I posted their insanely awesome performance of Babe I’m Gonna Leave You, because I’m cool, and you need things like this to remind you of the Matrix, and the dreariness therein. Even though the rhythm section is no Jones/Bonham (even though the bassist is also named Jones), Jimmy uses them for all they’re worth. He started at great on this tour, and only got better. There are still four more months of shows after this one, and by the time we get to December of 1998, Jimmy sounds like 1972 again… just on fire. He is once again full master of the instrument, and the inspiration flows. Enjoy.