Doubleneck Black Dragon!
Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page, Los Angeles 1972
Misty Mountain Hop!
Jimmy and Robert w Phil May. Can someone fill in the blanks? I’m thinking 74? @soundsof71 i’m
notlooking at you. 😀
Yes, 1974! The Pretty Things (for whom Phil was the lead vocalist) were among the first groups signed to Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song label (Bad Company, Dave Edmunds, and Maggie Bell were some others), and TPT’s Silk Torpedo was the first UK release on the label that October.
There were three major Swan Song launch parties that year, too, in New York (May 7 – I’ve previously posted some Bob Gruen photos of Robert in his room at the Four Seasons getting ready for that event) and Los Angeles (May 10), as well as Halloween at Chiselhurst Caves in Kent to celebrate both Swan Song in general and Silk Torpedo in particular.
(It being Halloween, the invitation opened with an invocation of Alistair Crowley of course! More details, but no pictures alas, here.)
There are precious few pictures of ANY of these parties, but enough for me to rule out New York, and probably rule out Kent. (You might think that that’d be the one party that Phil wouldn’t miss – the launch of his new album on his new label + Led Zeppelin and Peter Grant were his actual bosses – but he was notorious for not showing up to important dates, which led to the band firing him soon after the album was launched.)
Anyway, I’m not positive that this was actually ANY of those three parties, but Phil and the boys spent a good bit of 1974 in each other’s company. While they’d known each other since the 60s, I’m not aware of any photos of them together before or after this year.
So while I can’t quite bring this one in for a landing, perhaps this offers enough clues for one of you to fill in the rest….
Beg the Black Dragon for mercy
Led Zeppelin: Robert Plant, by Ron Pownall
Led Zeppelin: Robert Plant, Golden God (okay, kind of orange-y god) with GLAMbourine
Robert Plant and Jimmy Page , early 1970
Jimbert in an early favorite role-play scenario: D’Artangan and The Hobo
Jimbert ‘75: lovely matching floral ensembles for Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, by David Stratford