Jimmy Page In 1984. A Very Busy Boy

Jimmy Page in 1984 Was A Very Busy Boy

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Jimmy Page was a very busy boy in 1984. He was fresh off the rejuvenation (or resurrection) of the ARMS Tour (last date of that was 12/9/83), and he immediately started looking for drummers for the new band he wanted to create, with Paul Rodgers (late of Bad Company).

On 1/22/84 Jimmy was jamming with drummers in Nomis studios. Rat Scabies from the Damned, and Bill Bruford (King Crimson & Yes) was among the drummers he played with. Recordings exist. They’re muddy (cassette boombox it sounds like) but there’s some good stuff there. I think it may be Pino Palladino on bass.

Somewhere around this time Jimmy contacted Chris Slade. I do not know if he auditioned him, or just knew enough and wanted him, but Chris Slade had just (literally minutes before)  taken a call from Dave Gilmour to do a tour with him. So he told Jimmy it would be three months before he could join the Firm. Jimmy agreed to wait, and it eventually became a 9 month wait.

02.?? New York (with Eric Clapton, Charlie Watts, John Entwistle and Louis Bertignac of Telephone – Glyn John’s birthday party) No recordings have circulated.

3/84 – Recording the Honeydrippers EP with Robert Plant, Jeff Beck, Nile Rodgers, and more. Produced by Ahmet Ertegun.

April/May/84 – Jimmy Page records the album Whatever Happened To Jugula, with Roy Harper, at Roy’s 24 track studio, The Boilerhouse. Also performs with Roy’s band on the following dates:
05.19 May Tree Fair, Thetford
05.20 Kenley Fayre, Norwich
05.21 St. Ives Hotel, Lytham St. Annes

5/5&6/84 Jimmy plays on three tracks of Stephen Stills’ album Right By You. It was recorded in Jimmy’s Sol studios, and released 7/30/84. If you’re in the USA these vids won’t play on my site. CLICK THE WATCH ON YOUTUBE LINKS and you’ll be fine. 


6/5/84 – Alexis Korner Benefit with The Alexis Light Orchestra aka Ian Stewart’s Rocket 88. Charlie Watts, Ian Stewart, Jack Bruce, Ruby Turner, Paul Jones, John Picard, Don Weller Dick Heckstall-Smith

6/24/84 – Jimmy Page jams with Yes on the Beatles song, I’m Down. This show was in Germany, and it was professionally filmed, and released on home video. Jimmy’s encore is NOT in the release, but I bet it exists somewhere, in pro-shot goodness.

7/12/84 Pistoia Blues Festival. Another benefit show for the recently deceased Alexis Korner. This time he plays with (among others) Ginger Baker in Italy. Jimmy is in fine form. He does a super ballsy Train Kept A Rollin’ but the rest of the band obviously doesn’t know the song, because it’s a train wreck (no pun intended), but Jimmy’s playing was amazing. He was drinking vodka straight from a bottle during this gig. Rock and Roll.

07/28/84 With Roy Harper’s band –  Cambridge Folk Festival (afternoon & evening sets)
LISTEN TO THIS. IT’S AWESOME

07/29/84 Battersea Park, London – Jimmy Page with Roy Harper’s band.

08.?? Heartbreak Hotel, Ibiza (Page and Plant with Phil May and members of The Pretty Things)

9/84-11/84 Recording the Firm album, mixing and producing. Sol Studios.

11/16/84 (broadcast date)Jimmy Page & Roy Harper Langdale, Cumbria (Old Grey Whistle Test, BBC TV)

11/24/84 – Jimmy Page & Roy Harper Rock Garden, Covent Garden, London

11/29/84 The Firm debuts in Stockholm, and Jimmy Page is on another path.

12/9/84 The Firm played the Hammersmith Odeon in London, which is professionally filmed and recorded. MTV plays a 30 minute version. Maybe you remember it?

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3 thoughts on “Jimmy Page In 1984. A Very Busy Boy

  1. Wow. I had no idea Jimmy was that busy in ’84. I gotta check out some of those dates. I just saw a pic the other day of Jimmy jamming with Jaco in ’85. I’d love to know if that video or recording exists.

    1. Thanks, Mike! Yes, the jam with Jaco is easy to find. There are several on Youtube. It’s a fun one. Tony Franklin wrote about it on his MySpace (that’s how long ago it was) page, and I bet you could find it on google. I’ll do a show on Jimmy’s jams I’m sure, and I’ll cover it then. 🙂

      I didn’t realize how much Jimmy had done in ’84 either until I put it all in one place. Busy boy.

      1. Sweet. Thank you. I’m gonna check for it in a little while. I’m really curious to hear and see it. I’d never heard of the two of them playing together before I saw that pic. That would be a great show to do…esp with all the variety of things he did in ’84-85.. I wish he’d stayed that busy all these years. I was just talking with a friend about the tour he did with The Black Crowes doing Zep stuff. So wish I’d seen that! I think that was a year that I was having health problems. Either that or I just couldn’t get tix..can’t remember which. Man I wish he’d get back to touring. It’s been too long.

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