In 1968 Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones formed the famous rock band Led Zeppelin. Before the group took the name Led Zeppelin, the group completed the Yardbirds’ tour under the New Yardbirds name. In a 2020 interview with Rolling Stone, Page revealed that he “slept in the closet” after one of Led Zeppelin’s early concerts.
Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page once ‘slept’ in a ‘closet’
After forming in 1968, Plant, Page, Bonham and Jones performed under the name The New Yardbirds to complete the Yardbirds’ unfinished tour.
In a 2020 interview with Rolling Stone, Page was asked about one of the band’s concerts as the New Yardbirds. Page then revealed that he “slept in the closet” after one performance.
“I’m not sure I remember that particular show, but we were playing at a university or high school, and they showed us a room to sleep in, and I slept in the closet because I wasn’t afraid of it who had darkness . But I especially remember the first few shows,” Page shared.
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What Jimmy Page thinks of the band’s early shows
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Page went into detail about what it was like touring once the band was formed.
“We had the chance to play in Scandinavia in front of a live audience, [and we realized we were] a band with the kind of energy that’s inevitable, with momentum to really catch them and somehow push them back with the energy of it. Something you couldn’t focus on or listen to because it just had so many characters, so many different shades and dynamics and points of interest,” Page said.
He continued, “We were able to play the new material that we wanted to record. We could make it alive and breathing and learn from that experience, play in front of crowds and see the reactions. The reaction was phenomenal. That gave us extra confidence to go into the studio, which we more or less did afterwards – right in [London’s] Olympic Studios.”
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How Led Zeppelin was founded
Page was a member of the Yardbirds for a number of years in the 1960s. After the group broke up, Page attempted to form his own band so he could continue making music.
Bonham was a longtime friend of Page’s and joined the group as a drummer. Plant joined Led Zeppelin as a singer after being recommended for the job by another artist named Terry Reid.
Jones did not know Page before joining the band, and he joined as bassist and keyboardist after responding to a classified ad.
The group originally went by the name of the New Yardbirds to complete the Yardbirds’ uncompleted tour. The group of four musicians then took the name Led Zeppelin.
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