TESLA’s BRIAN WHEAT JAMS ONSTAGE WITH JIMMY PAGE!nikola
For the entire night, the party line was that there was absolutely no way that Jimmy Page was going to perform. No matter that this event, a benefit show held Thursday at Seattle’s Experience Music Project Museum, was built to honor the guitarist; Page’s people insisted that he wasn’t going to take part in the festivities.
Then, as the night was winding to a close, Page, wearing all black and with his white hair pulled back into a small ponytail, scurried on stage and was handed a shiny Gibson Les Paul. And before anyone could catch their breath, he and the rest of the all-star lineup of musicians on hand launched into a disorganized but exultant version of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll.”
The night also took some pleasant diversions into Page’s pre- and post-Zeppelin career. Nielsen shuffled on stage to add some tasty psych-rock weirdness to a run-through of “Happenings Ten Years Time Ago,” a 1966 single originally recorded by the Yardbirds. And Rodgers proved a still-agile showman and vocalist as he took the band (joined as well by Tesla bassist Brian Wheat) on a tour through two tracks from the Firm’s 1985 self-titled album.
Read the full article on RollingStone.com: Jimmy Page Jams ‘Rock and Roll’ with Nirvana, GN’R Members at EMP Tribute