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  1. I recall seeing two photos of Jimmy and Robert back in 1978 from Creem magazine or some other periodical. One was Jimmy and Robert attending a wedding. (Richard Cole's?) And the other was of them in Sweden (walking outside with Jimmy looking back at Robert grinning). It was part of a news article talking about Led Zeppelin recording at Polar Studios.
  2. I own a few. The guitars are made of fiberglass and are hollow along with lipstick tube pickups which provide a unique sound. Page probably used the guitar for that track so often because that was the guitar he used in the studio.
  3. Syd Barrett's guitar was actually a 1962 Esquire. Fender recently posted a brief history of the guitar. Psych Out: Syd Barrett’s ‘62 Esquire and the Dawn of Pink Floyd The original Pink Floyd frontman’s “Mirrored Telecaster” was neither mirrored or a Telecaster. Photo: Andrew Whittuck / Getty Images By Alex Baker #electric #esquire The original lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett burst onto the London rock scene in the mid 1960s as a mysterious, charismatic and eccentric figure. Widely celebrated as a visionary and influential songwriter who laid the groundwork for the psychedelic rock sound, as a guitarist, Barrett remains somewhat underappreciated. While he was never a virtuoso in the mold of Jeff Beck or Eric Clapton, he was a versatile and innovative player who accomplished pioneering work using dissonance, distortion and feedback. The electric guitar Barrett was most closely associated with was known as the “Mirror Disc Telecaster,” which is a misnomer, because for starters, it wasn’t a Telecaster. It was in fact a 1962 Esquire, and while the metal discs attached to it were reflective, they weren’t mirrors. Barrett acquired the Esquire, which was originally white, in late 1965. Sometime in 1966 he had it shrink-wrapped in silver plastic film. The discs he attached to it were thin, polished silver metal plates that were in vogue in hippy London at the time; adorning everything from doors and walls, to jeans, dresses and floppy hats. The Esquire’s cosmetic modifications made the it an important element of Pink Floyd’s otherworldly stage show, the discs reflecting the bubbling, psychedelic lights and projections back at the audience. Apart from the visual enhancements, the only other mod to Barrett’s Esquire was a raised pickup, which fattened up the guitar’s tone. An early pioneer of creativity over technique, Barrett’s guitar work on Pink Floyd’s early singles and debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, was fairly basic, something the simplicity of the Esquire lent itself to nicely. While some regard it as a poor man’s Tele, the Esquire actually has its own unique wiring. The lack of a neck pickup reduces magnetic pull on the strings. This gives the Esquire better harmonic overtones and helps create a more percussive attack, elements that can be heard in Barrett’s guitar work with Pink Floyd, which swings between between jangly and melodic to edgy, aggressive and near proto-punk. Towards the end of 1967, Barrett acquired a white Telecaster (probably from the early ‘60s). Although he kept hold of his Esquire through the end of the sessions for the Floyd’s second album, A Saucerful of Secrets, he stopped using it live and typically played the white Tele at gigs. Although, by that time, spurred on by rampant LSD use and the pressures of coping with pop stardom, Barrett’s psychological troubles had accelerated and his appearances with the band were becoming increasingly infrequent. Somewhere in the middle of 1968, Barrett traded his beloved ’62 Esquire for a black Telecaster Custom. This would prove the last electric guitar he would ever own. He used it during his remaining time with Pink Floyd, on his two solo albums–1969’s The Madcap Laughs and 1970’s Barrett–and up until he withdrew from music and moved back to his mother’s house in Cambridge in the late 1970s. So what became of the silver, reflective Esquire? Like Barrett himself, the guitar basically went missing. After it was traded in for the black Telecaster, it was basically lost to history, becoming yet another element of the mystery of how such a charismatic and visionary talent as Syd Barrett could’ve gone off the rails just at a time when he was poised to conquer the world.
  4. Looks like Rich Robinson in Jimmy Page's outfit.
  5. No he didn't. It was the Les Paul. I saw them on this tour. To be clear: "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love" the encore is the track I am referring to not the track written by the band. That track was the blue strat because he was using the tremolo bar. I have audio of this show and it is Everybody Needs Somebody To Love where the problem happens.
  6. That was the Les Paul. (Possibly why he replaced the pickup)
  7. Good question. I though that Coverdale/ Page was Jimmy's best post Zeppelin work to date.
  8. RIP John Wetton. Thanks for the music.
  9. Noticed this interview with Denny Carmassi (drummer for the Coverdale/Page project) JW: Is there any project or projects you have worked on that you wish more people knew about? DC: I guess it would have to be the Coverdale Page project. It was such a fun record to make with such a great group players. I guess some people know about it though, I have a platinum record hanging up on my wall. It's a shame that band never got to tour the United States, only a tour of Japan. We did some sessions in Miami that someday may see the light of day.
  10. Listened to a Page interview recently where Jimmy refers to this track. He stated that John Paul Jones provided vocals to the track by using "La Las " instead of humming in order to offer a vocal melody to the song, thus the track was called La La.
  11. Stairway to Heaven
  12. RIP George Michael. A very talented vocalist.
  13. It's two guitars using a phaser pedal. (and in other sections as well) Tremolo is a different sound. Down By the Seaside is tremolo.
  14. I was sitting front row at a Cheap Trick show there (many years back when it was still in the round and not enclosed) and the person sitting next to me said he saw Zeppelin there and my jaw nearly dropped. As soon as I got home I looked it up and yes the band did play there Woodstock weekend! (He also said Bonham was an amazing drummer) There is a poor sound quality bootleg of the show in existence.