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John Paul Jones Solo Gig-ography

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Just to accelerate your quest, here's a link to Liquid Selves! Enjoy.

http://www.archive.o...uid_selves_1992

This short computer animation depicts the upcoming struggle between the virtual and physical sides of our selves, where our bodies are left behind as technology enhances our ability to exist in virtual worlds.

A collection of techniques were used to produce this animation. Particle systems were used to disassemble and reconstruct various images. Artificial evolution and interpolation of 3D parametric shapes allowed the creation of unusual surface transformations. Morphing techniques produced smooth transitions between faces, and various image processing, warping, and compositing techniques were also employed.

Software and Animation by Karl Sims

Music by Peter Gabriel and John Paul Jones

Thanks to Lew Tucker, Jim Salem, Gary Oberbrunner, Matt Fitzgibbon, Dave Sheppard, David Marvit, Kleiser-Walczak, and Keith Waters

Produced for "Memory Palace" and Art Futura '92

This piece was rendered on a Connection Machine CM-2 computer.

Hey, nice vid!

the music seems to go like that:

Peter Gabriel - Vocals & Rhythm Programming

JPJ - Keys and Electric Bass

interesting to imagine what those two charakters musically could have come up more with..

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Isn´t it a bit curious that JPJ seems to lead a secret and not well documented life as Choir Master sometimes?!

It is but enthusiasts such as Swandon and I, as well as others, are attempting to document his life in music for posterity.

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An only child, Jones had first taken up the bass as a fourteen-year-old student at Christ College boarding school.

Tony Meehan vividly recalls that particular audition. "It was held above the Roebuck Pub in Tottenham Court Road in London. We had a single called "Diamonds" at number one on the charts and we were putting together a band. John Paul heard about is and showed up. He was just out of school, very young and a bit nervous. Despite the nerves, he was a good musician and he knew his shit. He was cocky too in a certain way and I liked that. So we hired him. "He toured with us for a year or so until the band broke up."

Undoubtedly the Meehan-Harris line-up was ahead of its time. The widely acclaimed John McLaughlin was on lead guitar, while the late Glen Hughes, who achieved prominence with Georgie Fame's Blue Flames, was blowing sax.

"We were doing the sort of things which Chicago and Blood, Sweat and Tears came up with a few years later," Meehan claimed. "But we were booed off stage with some of it, the mainstream jazz things. People didn't want to listen, they just wanted to bop. It was dancing days--you didn't listen to music."

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We had a single called "Diamonds" at number one on the charts and we were putting together a band.

Of course,that Jet Harris/Tony Meehan single "Diamonds" had also been one of the earliest studio sessions of a good future friend of JPJ, it featured Jimmy Page on rhythm guitar.

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Can't seem to find this specified anywhere - on what tune from McCartney's Give My Regards to Broad Street does JPJ perform / appear? The guy on the "Ballroom Dancing" clip doesn't look to me like him, and it's certainly not him on "Silly Love Songs." Any sharper eyes than mine out there? I saw the film at the theatre when it came out, but I was still Beatles-obsessed at the time and wouldn't have spotted the former Led Zep bassman.

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That was indeed JPJ in the "Ballroom Dancing" clip -- you can see him pretty clearly behind McCartney at the end of the song (

)

The segment was filmed in November 1982. Jonesey does his best Jet Harris impersonation.

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What about the Thunder chief tour?

1960's

John says his performing career began as choirmaster and organist at a local church

1967

John says he briefly joined Herman Hermits as bassist for their "Yardley" tour of Germany but unfortunately the only gig he recalls is Hamburg. Peter Noone has substantiated JPJ joined them on this tour.

1971

09.25 Kyoto, Japan

Note: Jones joined a local band for a jam on 'Green Onions'.

1973

05.15 New Orleans, Louisiana Cosimo's Recording Studio

Note: Led Zeppelin attend a party held in their honor and hosted by Ahmet Ertegun. Jones (on organ) jams with Phil Carson on bass, Jerry Greenberg on drums and local musicians.

12.13 Shepherds Bush, London BBC Television Centre

Note: Jones joins Madeline Bell for 'Colour My Soul' on BBC 2 television.

1974

08.31 London, England Hyde Park

Note: Jones joins David Gilmour, Steve Broughton and Roy Harper...billed as Roy Harper and Heavy Friends.

12.19 London, England Rainbow Theatre

Note: Jones & Page join Bad Company, Duster Bennett for encore jam on 'Rock Me Baby'.

1975

07.11 Montreux, Switzerland Montreux Casino (Montreux Jazz Festival)

Note: Joined Etta James on bass.

07.20 Montreux, Switzerland Montreux Casino (Montreux Jazz Festival)

Note: Joined Maria Muldahr on bass; her hit single was 'Midnight at the Oasis'.

1976

05.27 London, England

Note: Jones jams with Swan Song label mates The Pretty Things.

1979

12.29 Hammersmith, London, England Odeon

Note: Jones performs with all-star lineup during Paul McCartney's 'Concert For The People Of Kampuchea'.

1983

12.04 Bristol, England Colston Hall

Note: Joins Robert Plant for encore; 'Little Sister'.

1987

03.02 London, England Palladium

Note: Jones and various artists join Ben E. King onstage for his encore of 'Save The Last Dance For Me'

1988

03.27 London, England Astoria

Note: Jones joins The Mission on keyboards for an encore of 'Shelter From The Storm' including references to 'Rock And Roll'.

07.23 Fife, St. Andrews, Scotland Craighton County Park Fife Aid 2 David Bellamy's Festival of the Future

Note: Jones joins singer Julie Felix on a dull, damp and misty summer's day.

1991

01.18 London, England Queen Elizabeth Hall

Note: Joins joins vocal renaissance group Red Byrd to perform Jones' composition 'Amores Pasodas'. Jones plays lute, harpsichord and vihuela

1992

07.?? Seville, Spain World's Fair

Note: Jones is musical director for a one-hour showcase of technology and art titled Memory Palace; featured 'Liquid Selves' by Karl Sims

1993

09.03 Universal City, CA USA Universal Amphitheatre

Note: Jones joins Lenny Kravitz for 'Are You Gonna Go My Way' for MTV's Annual Music Awards telecast.

1994

Note: Jones attends all five of Heart's performances in residency for their Road Home album and dvd project. String and acoustic arrangements, plays mandolin, and performs bass version of 'What Is And What Should Never Be'.

08.12 Ballard, WA USA Backstage Theater

08.13 Ballard, WA USA Backstage Theater

08.14 Ballard, WA USA Backstage Theater

08.15 Ballard, WA USA Backstage Theater

08.16 Ballard, WA USA Backstage Theater

European tour with Diamanda Galas to promote 'The Sporting Life'

10.19 Hamburg, Germany Grosse Freiheit

10.20 Shoenberg, Berlin, Germany Metropol

10.23 Rome, Italy Palladium

10.31 Shepherds Bush, London, England Empire

North American tour with Diamanda Galas to promote 'The Sporting Life'

11.10 New York, NY USA Irving Plaza

11.11 New York, NY USA Jones and Galas perform 'Skoteseme' on Jon Stewart Show (television)

11.13 Philadelphia, PA USA University of Pennsylvania - Irvine Auditorium

11.15 Ann Arbor, MI USA Michigan Theater

11.17 Chicago, IL USA The Vic Theatre

11.18 Madison, WI USA Barrymore Theater

11.20 Lincoln, NB USA The Lied Center for Performing Arts

11.22 Columbus, OH USA Mershon Auditorium

11.24 Toronto, Ontario, Canada The Phoenix

11.26 Washington, D.C. USA Lincoln Theater

11.30 Austin, TX USA The Paramount

12.2 Tempe, AZ USA Arizona State Uiversity - Grady Gammage Auditorium

12.4 Inglewood, CA USA Veteran's Wadsworth Theater

12.6 San Francisco, CA USA The Fillmore

12.8 Portland, OR USA Portland Art Museum

12.10 Seattle, WA USA Moore Theater

12.12 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Commodore Ballroom

1999

European tour (1st leg) to promote 'Zooma'

10.2 Galway, Ireland Roisin Dubh

10.3 Galway, Ireland Roisin Dubh

10.4 Belfast, Northern Ireland Limelight

10.5 Dublin, Ireland HQ

10.8 Spuiplein, Den Haag, Netherlands Theater Spui - Zaal 1 Crossing Border Festival

North American tour (1st leg) to promote 'Zooma'

10.12 Northampton, MA USA Pearl Street

10.13 New Haven, CT USA Toad's Place

10.15 Boston, MA USA Paradise

10.16 New York, NY USA Irving Plaza

10.17 Philadelphia, PA USA Theater of Living Arts

10.19 Cleveland, OH USA Odeon Concert Club

10.20 Chicago, IL USA Park West

10.21 Minneapolis, MN USA Cabooze

10.23 Englewood, CO USA Ogden Theater

10.25 Seattle, WA USA Showbox

10.26 Portland, OR USA Crystal Ballroom

10.28 San Francisco, USA The Fillmore

10.29 Los Angeles, CA USA House of Blues

11.1 Las Vegas, NV USA Hard Rock Hotel - The Joint

European tour (2nd leg) to promote 'Zooma'

11.7 Munich, Germany Incognito

11.8 Frankfurt, Germany Batschkapp

11.9 Cologne, Germany Prime Club

11.11 Pratteln, Switzerland Z-7

11.13 Milan, Italy Alcatraz

11.15 Brussels, Belgium Botanique

11.16 Paris, France Le Bataclan

11.18 Glasgow, Scotland The Garage

11.19 Wolverhampton, England Wulfrun Hall

11.20 Manchester, England Manchester University - Debating Hall

11.22 Shepherds Bush, London, England Empire

Japanese tour to promote 'Zooma'

12.7 Nagoya, Japan Club Quattro

12.8 Osaka, Japan Club Quattro

12.10 Tokyo, Japan Shibuya Kokaido

2000

North American tour (2nd leg) to promote 'Zooma'

03.09 Orlando, FL USA House of Blues

03.10 Ft. Lauderdale, FL USA Fubar

03.11 Ybor City, FL USA Frankie's Patio

03.14 New Orleans, LA USA House of Blues

03.16 Ft. Worth, TX USA Caravan of Dreams

03.18 Austin, TX USA La Zona Rosa - South by Southwest Festival

03.20 Atlanta, GA USA Roxy Theater

03.21 Nashville, TN USA 328 Performance Hall

03.22 Cincinnati, OH USA Bogart's

03.24 Milwaukee, WI USA Shank Hall

03.25 Chicago, IL USA Park West

03.27 Pittsburgh, PA USA Rosebud

03.28 New York, NY USA Irving Plaza

03.29 Springfield, VA USA Jaxx

03.30 Pasadena, MD USA Daytona's

03.30 Toronto, Canada CTV Studio

Note: Guest on the late night 'Open Mike With Mike Bullard' television program...plays a bit of 'Going to California' on the mandolin during interview.

04.01 Montreal, Canada Club Soda

04.02 Toronto, Canada The Guvernment

07.15 Pistoia, Italy Piazza Duomo - Pistoia Blues Festival

2001

11.09 Nashville, TN USA 328 Performance Hall

11.10 Nashville, TN USA 328 Performance Hall

11.14 San Francisco, CA USA Warfield Theater

11.15 Universal City, CA USA Universal Amphitheatre

11.16 Phoenix, AZ USA Web Theatre

11.17 Las Vegas, NV USA House of Blues

11.19 Denver, CO USA Paramount Theatre

11.21 St. Paul, MN USA Touchstone Energy Place

11.23 Madison, WI USA Barrymore Theater

11.24 Chicago, IL USA Chicago Theater

11.25 St. Louis, MO USA The Pageant

11.26 Indianapolis, IN USA Murat Theatre

11.27 Kansas City, KS USA Madrid Theatre

11.29 Columbus, OH USA Promowest Pavilion

11.30 Cleveland, OH USA Lakewood Civic

12.01 Royal Oak, MI USA Royal Oak Music Theater

12.02 Greensburg, PA USA Palace Theatre

12.04 Buffalo, NY USA University of Buffalo - Centre for the Arts

12.05 Toronto, Canada Massey Hall

12.06 Montreal, Canada Place des Arts

12.08 Boston, MA USA Orpheum Theatre

12.09 New Haven, CT USA Palace Theatre

12.11 Philadelphia, PA USA Tower Theatre

12.12 Washington, DC USA Lisner Auditorium

12.13 New York, NY USA Beacon Theater

12.14 New York, NY USA Beacon Theater

2002

04.12 London, England Borders Books, Music & Cafe

Note: Joins joins vocalist Julie Felix for a 6:30pm performance to benefit the Mines Advisory Group

2003

03.02 London, England Queen Elizabeth Hall

Note: Jones plays bass, mandolin and grand piano during Robyn Hitchcock's 50th Birthday Celebration

08.29 Tokyo, Japan Akasaka Blitz

Note: Jones performs nine songs (3 w/Nuno Bettencourt, Steve Hacket and Paul Gilbert) in Hard Rock Cafe Japan's 20th Anniversary event

09.01 Osaka, Japan Namba Hatch

Note: Jones performs nine songs (3 w/Nuno Bettencourt, Steve Hacket and Paul Gilbert) in Hard Rock Cafe Japan's 20th Anniversary event

2004

01.19 (?) London, England Barbican Centre

Note: Jones joins John Cage for two showcases during 'John Cage Uncaged'

03.13 London, England Shepherds Bush Empire

Note: Jones joins Steve Hackett on bass for one song during Hackett's gig

05.1 Wilkesboro, NC USA Merlefest

Note: Jones joins Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, Nickel Creek mandolinist Chris Thile and fiddler Sara Watkins for an onstage jam session

05.2 (?) Wilkesboro, NC USA Merlefest

Note: Jones joins John Cowan and Sam Bush

07.24 (?) Lyons, CO USA Oskar Blues Club - Rocky Grass Festival

Note: Jones and Thile are in the audience for Uncle Earl gig…mandolinist Abigail Washburn had to go home (grandfather ill) so they invite them both up to join them

Mutual Appreciation Society tour

07.27 Seattle, WA USA Moore Theater

07.28 Portland, OR USA Roseland Theater

07.29 San Francisco, CA USA The Independent

07.30 Anaheim, CA USA House of Blues

07.31 Los Angeles, CA USA Roxy Theater

08.06 Santa Cruz, CA USA University of California - Santa Cruz

08.08 Minneapolis, MN USA Fine Line Music Cafe

08.09 Chicago, IL USA Metro

08.10 Cleveland, OH USA Beachland Ballroom

08.11 New York, NY USA Note: Mutual Appreciation Society perform on 'Late Night With Conan O'Brian television program

08.12 Boston, MA USA Paradise

08.13 New York, NY USA Bowery Ballroom

08.14 New York, NY USA Bowery Ballroom

08.15 Charleston, WV USA Mountain Stage Radio Show

08.17 Lexington, VA USA Lime Kiln Amphitheater

08.18 Alexandria, VA USA Birchmere

08.19 Alexandria, VA USA Birchmere

08.22 Note: Mutual Appreciation Society perform five songs on A&E's 'Breakfast With The Arts' television program

10.2? Lunel, France Mandolines de Lunel (Lunel Mandolin Festival) Note: Jones attends a mandolin festival on the invitation of Mike Marshall, whom he had met at Merlefest…joins him for one song on double bass.

12.06 Barnet, England The Green Man Note: Jones joins guitarist Adam Bomb and his band onstage for five songs.

2005

2.18 Clerkenwell, London, England 3 Kings Pub - Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) Benefit Note: Jones performs on mandolin with Robyn Hitchcock (billed as Robyn Hitchcock and Heavy Friends) (Kimberly Rew - guitar, Paul Noble - bass, Terry Edwards - keys/sax/trumpet)

06.19 London, England Barbican Centre Note: Jones appears as a guest musician in the pit with the Merce Cunningham Dance Co.

06.24 London, England South Bank Centre - Royal Festival Hall Meltdown Festival

Note: Jones performs in US/UK Folk Connections gig with Robyn Hitchcock and Roy Harper

09.09 London, England St. James Church Note: Jones joins Nickel Creek in Piccadilly

09.26 London, England Barbican Centre Talking Bob Dylan Blues Tribute Note: Jones performs Dylan's 'Visions of Johanna' and 'Not Dark Yet' with Robyn Hitchcock

10.29 Lunel, France Mandolines de Lunel (Lunel Mandolin Festival) Note: Jones returns to this festival to perform a thirty-minute set on triple-necked mandolin and Kyma

2006

01.31 London, England Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) Benefit

Note: Jones performs '8 Miles High' with Robyn Hitchcock…also in the band are Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey and Bill Rieflin from REM

02.23 Seattle, WA USA (unconfirmed hotel) Note: Jones joins Uncle Earl on mandolin at the reception for the Integrated Media Association Conference

02.?? (23-26) Tacoma, WA USA Tacoma Sheraton Hotel - Wintergrass

Note: Jones joins Mike Marshall and Hamilton di Hollanda

06.10 London, England Troubador Note: Jones joins Glenn Phillips (formerly of Toad the Wet Sprocket and Mutual Appreciation Society)

10.?? Lunel, France Lunel Mandolin Festival Note: Jones joins Italian bluegrass musicians, Venezuelean traditional players and Hamilton di Hollanda's Brasilian band

2007

01.27 (?) London, England The Spitz Note: Jones joins Uncle Earl

03.18 Nashville, TN USA Belcourt Theater Note: Jones joins Robyn Hitchcock and the Nashville Crawdads

04.26 Wilkesboro, NC USA Merlefest Note: 20th Merlefest Kickoff Jam…Jones joins Uncle Earl as well as the ensemble jam at the end

04.27 Wilkesboro, NC USA Merlefest Note: Jones joins Uncle Earl on mandolin for five songs

04.28 Wilkesboro, NC USA Merlefest

Note: Jones plays bass on four songs with Rayna Gellert and Friends…plays mandolin on 'Whole Lotta Love' with The Duhks

Note: Jones plays mandolin with Uncle Earl…Bela Fleck on banjo…Jones joins Donna The Buffalo on mandolin and bass for a few songs

Note: Jones joins the Sam Bush Band…Jones plays mandolin for 'Workingman Blues' during 20th Homecoming Jam

04.29 Wilkesboro, NC USA Merlefest Note: Jones joins Uncle Earl on bass and mandolin

05.10 London, England Barbican Centre Note: Jones joins Robyn Hitchcock and Ruby Wright on mandolin for the song 'Gigolo Aunt' during Syd Barrett tribute

06.?? Los Angeles, CA USA Largo Note: Jones performs with Watkins Family Hour

06.15 Manchester, TN USA Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Note: Jones performs with Ben Harper and Roots drummer Ahmir Thompson ('How Many More Times')

06.17 Manchester, TN USA Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Note: Jones performs four songs with Government Mule ('Livin' Lovin' Maid (She's Just A Woman', 'Moby Dick')

07.30 Modigliana, Italy Note: Jones performs with Robyn Hitchcock

08.01 Bari, Italy Note: Jones performs with Robyn Hitchcock

08.04 Halden, Norway Down On The Farm Festival Note: Jones performs with Robyn Hitchcock

09.14 Dorset, England Larmer Tree Gardens - End of the Road Festival Note: Jones performs with Robyn Hitchcock

12.28 New York, NY USA Beacon Theater Note: Jones performs with Government Mule ('How Many More Years')

2008

02.04 London, England The Brewery - BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

Note: Jones presents Musician of the Year award to Andy Cunning...performs on mandolin with John Martyn for 'Over The Hill' and 'May You Never'

02.07 Los Angeles, CA USA Largo Note: Jones performs with Watkins Family Hour

02.10 Los Angeles, CA USA Staples Center - 50th Annual Grammy Awards

Note: Jones conducts orchestral section of Foo Fighters song 'Pretender'

03.24 London, England Royal Albert Hall Note: Jones performs with Robyn Hitchcock

03.30 Bergen, Norway Hotell Norge Bankettsalen - Bergenfest

Note: Jones performs with Robyn Hitchcock

06.07 Wembley, England Wembley Stadium Note: Jones and Page join the Foo Fighters during their encore for 'Rock And Roll' and 'Ramble On'

10.26 Exeter, England Riverside Leisure Centre - Manson's Guitar Show

Note: Jones performs a bass demo and participates in a jam during this exhibition

12.12 Ashville, SC Warren Haynes' 20th Annual Christmas Jam

Note: Jones performs 'Soulshine' with Warren Haynes and also performs with the Del McCoury Band

2009

04.13 New York, NY Note: Jones performs with Sara Watkins on the 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' television program

04.16 Brooklyn, NY - Merce Cunningham at 90

Note: Jones and Sonic Youth perform an original piece of music written for this festival

Coming Up:

Them Crooked Vultures

08.09 Chicago, IL Metro - Lollapalooza After Show

Additional dates to be announced.

Additions and corrections to this gig-ography are welcome, as are posting photos, vidclips, reviews, recollections, etc.

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That was indeed JPJ in the "Ballroom Dancing" clip -- you can see him pretty clearly behind McCartney at the end of the song (

)

The segment was filmed in November 1982. Jonesey does his best Jet Harris impersonation.

Right you are. When I first hunted that clip down the bass player didn't seem to resemble him, but closer inspection shows it is indeed the former John Baldwin. Apparently the two go back to the Donovan days, when the then-Beatle dropped in on a session for I can't remember what tune and complimented the arrangment, which Mr. Leitch was hitherto going to ditch.

Thanks, Swandown!

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If you do not have this...you should get it. This is truly amazing music!

John Paul Jones - Down To The River To Pray

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1999,10.5 Dublin, Ireland HQ

I saw that gig. Great show. What not a lot of people know is that Jonesy did an interview on RTE television that same week for an afternoon magazine show. I don't have a recording of it. It was only about ten minutes long. He spoke about being in Ireland when he was a teenager, touring with a band, playing bass (I think it might have been a family member's band). The interviewers were really nice to him and didn't ask too many fan-type Zep questions, if I recall correctly. It was just a brief hello with a polite and understated God of Rawk. Jonesy is so chilled out and wonderfully English - just the total opposite of what you'd expect rock stars to be. I remember thinking that they could've asked him loads of Zep questions but hey, it was just an afternoon show and you can't expect regular broadcasters to be as crazy about Zep as we are!

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1999,10.5 Dublin, Ireland HQ

I saw that gig. Great show. What not a lot of people know is that Jonesy did an interview on RTE television that same week for an afternoon magazine show. I don't have a recording of it. It was only about ten minutes long. He spoke about being in Ireland when he was a teenager, touring with a band, playing bass (I think it might have been a family member's band). The interviewers were really nice to him and didn't ask too many fan-type Zep questions, if I recall correctly. It was just a brief hello with a polite and understated God of Rawk. Jonesy is so chilled out and wonderfully English - just the total opposite of what you'd expect rock stars to be. I remember thinking that they could've asked him loads of Zep questions but hey, it was just an afternoon show and you can't expect regular broadcasters to be as crazy about Zep as we are!

Had not heard of this interview before and would really like to get a copy if there is anyone out there who either has it or can provide more specific details (broadcast date, host, etc).

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Had not heard of this interview before and would really like to get a copy if there is anyone out there who either has it or can provide more specific details (broadcast date, host, etc).

Steve,

The title was, I think, The Afternoon Show, with hosts Marty Whelan and Mary Kennedy, both of whom are still with RTE. It was probably the day of the Dublin HQ gig. Naturally, I regret not recording it and if someone has a copy of it I would actually be quite surprised given the relatively small daytime audience.

I'm going to ask on some Irish forums and ask if anyone in Ireland has got it. We'll see.

Otherwise it might be worth directly asking the RTE archives for a copy - you never know with they way things are run in this small isle!

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Steve,

The title was, I think, The Afternoon Show, with hosts Marty Whelan and Mary Kennedy, both of whom are still with RTE. It was probably the day of the Dublin HQ gig. Naturally, I regret not recording it and if someone has a copy of it I would actually be quite surprised given the relatively small daytime audience.

I'm going to ask on some Irish forums and ask if anyone in Ireland has got it. We'll see.

Otherwise it might be worth directly asking the RTE archives for a copy - you never know with they way things are run in this small isle!

Many thanks for that and my contacting the RTE archives is quite likely. I was really intrigued that he may have made a comment alluding to having toured (and/or performed) in Ireland prior to become a session player. You see, his father was a pianist and arranger for big bands in the 1940s and '50s so it could be JPJ accompanied him on a UK tour.

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"teenager playing with a band" could very well be a reference to the Jet Harris/Tony Meehan band, which Jones was a member of when he was 17-18 years old.

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"teenager playing with a band" could very well be a reference to the Jet Harris/Tony Meehan band, which Jones was a member of when he was 17-18 years old.

^^^

I zeroed in on the suggestion it was a "family member's band" but this is more likely, Scott. I show he joined them in 1963 and was paid 30 quid a week. Perhaps there is someone in Ireland who can scour newspaper/magazine archives

for Dublin and Belfast that year to see if any gigs were advertised. He did join his first band, The Deltas, at age 15 but

I don't think they were a touring band or at least not likely to have performed outside of greater London.

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I just did an online search and found something on the independent.ie website. You have to pay a subscription to get the full info, but the following info is viewable:

Irish Independent, Monday, December 24, 1962

Page: 12

The results partially show an advert for Jet Harris playing on January 27, 1963. It also mentions The Tornados. Venue unknown.

Link to archive search page, enter 'Jet Harris 1963' for results.

I found no relevant results for Tony Meehan on the site.

So now we know that Jet Harris played in Ireland - probably Dublin at least - in early 1963. Was Jonesy with him? Hmmm, the plot thickens.

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I just did an online search and found something on the independent.ie website. You have to pay a subscription to get the full info, but the following info is viewable:

Irish Independent, Monday, December 24, 1962

Page: 12

The results partially show an advert for Jet Harris playing on January 27, 1963. It also mentions The Tornados. Venue unknown.

Link to archive search page, enter 'Jet Harris 1963' for results.

I found no relevant results for Tony Meehan on the site.

So now we know that Jet Harris played in Ireland - probably Dublin at least - in early 1963. Was Jonesy with him? Hmmm, the plot thickens.

Well, I'll be damned. I'm going to follow up on this in the days ahead and I'll pay the subscription fee to liberate the advert(s).

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"Diamonds" was released as a single on 1/3/63, and immediately began climbing the charts. Tony Meehan started to recruit a backing band within days, so Jones was almost definitely a member by January 27th.

The only caveat I would add is that the 1/27 show may have initially been booked as a "Jet Harris" solo show only, since "Diamonds" had not been released yet. Therefore it is possible that the 1/27 show was canceled once the Harris/Meehan band was formed.

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It's a shame he didn't make it Down Under.

Zooma and The Thunderthief would've been great live.

Do you know if he had any plans to tour Oz and NZ?

agreed Zooma and Thunderthief are musical masterpieces. I just love The Freedom song.

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its probably been said before but Nosumi Blues and Nobodys Fault But Mine sound A LOT alike. i would like to learn Nosumi on guitar even though its not played on guitar.

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I posted this on another thread a while back, but this is truly magnificent. Thunderthief is a piece of musical art...and JPJ sings this so beautifully IMHO.

Ice Fishing at Night - John Paul Jones

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I posted this on another thread a while back, but this is truly magnificent. Thunderthief is a piece of musical art...and JPJ sings this so beautifully IMHO.

Ice Fishing at Night - John Paul Jones

agreed. i never knew he had such a wondeful voice. i had already heard his singing voice from before but as he aged it got getter.

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