Jump to content

John Paul Jones Solo Gig-ography


Recommended Posts

I met John Paul Jones (at the hotel he was staying at in Toronto, just after his April 1, 2000 concert) and after a nice 20 minute discussion with him and his road manager and my friend in the hotel lobby (I thanked him for In Through The Outdoor - which he said no one really has said that to him before and never asked him about Robert and Jimmy, which again he thanked me for) he kindly signed two autographs for me and my friend and said that he had to cut it short (as it was between 2 AM and 3 AM I believe) as he was off to Montreal for the last date of his tour (tomorrow). So, the while I am not an expert in the John Paul Jones Solo Gig-ography, it would make more sense that since it is listed that he did a television taping in Toronto a day or two earlier that he would stay in Toronto, do the Toronto gig (at The Guverment) and then drive (he was using a tour bus) to Montreal (that drive is about 5 hours on average from Toronto to Montreal) instead of it being Toronto, Montreal, Toronto?

JPJ performed at Daytona's in Pasadena, MD on Thu, March 30th and was flown immediately afterward from Washington Dulles Airport to Toronto to appear as a guest on 'Open Mike With Mike Bullard' at CTV Studios located at 888 Yonge Street. March 31st

was a day off in Toronto and I believe he stayed at the Royal York (one of my favorite hotels in the world by the way). You may have encountered him checking out enroute to the Montreal gig at Club Soda on April 1st. Interesting to note the Montreal Star reported that JPJ had a hard time confirming his identity when checking into his Montreal hotel. The Toronto gig was on April 2nd; I believe he stayed at the Royal York once again.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

There's an article on The Guardian online today where John Paul Jones comments on a song by Malian singer Rokia Traoré.

"There is a song by Rokia Traoré called Dounia (from the 2009 album Tchamantché) that I absolutely love. It's beautifuly delicate but also a very complex piece of music. Her voice just floats above it".

"My introduction to Malian music was through the blues of the late Ali Farka Touré, and I loved his whole approach. I'm not a student of it in any way, but it's a music I love to play – I've played with Afel Bocoum, who played with Ali, and with Rokia, as well as with Fatoumata Diawara. There's always a lot going on, so you really have to pay attention, but unlike Congolese music, for instance, it tends to be very gentle, too. The riffs are very melodic and it's very soulful, very subtle. I find the Rokia song particularly uplifting".

Link to article: http://www.guardian....i-magical-music

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1994:

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

Just a FYI in case it has not been mentioned, these 5 appearences were in Seattle, WA. "Ballard" is a name of the community within Seattle. The Backstage Theater is in the Northend of Seattle about a mile from Green Lake, where Led Zeppelin opened for Three Dog Night.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

There's an article on The Guardian online today where John Paul Jones comments on a song by Malian singer Rokia Traoré.

Africa Express, King's Cross Granary Square, September 8, 2012

ROKIA TRAORE (Vocals), Stefano Pilia (Guitar), Sebastian Rochford (Drums), Paul McCartney (Bass), Ruth Goller (Bass)

Robel 'Grum' Taye (Percussion), Maman Diabate (Ngoni), Marques Toliver (Violin), John-Paul Jones (Mandolin)

Bintou Soumbounou (Backing Vocals), Fatim Kouyate (Backing Vocals), Jesse Hackett (Keyboards)

Africa Express news coverage

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Steve you can add this date when I saw him.

March 16, 2000 John Paul Jones @ Fitzgerald's-Houston, TX

+ got ticket autographed and got a bass/pdal steel pick that he dropped-was front row. Met him after show- was very nice-gave him a pic I printed of him from the Minneapolis rehearsals 1-17-75.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Steve you can add this date when I saw him.

March 16, 2000 John Paul Jones @ Fitzgerald's-Houston, TX

+ got ticket autographed and got a bass/pdal steel pick that he dropped-was front row. Met him after show- was very nice-gave him a pic I printed of him from the Minneapolis rehearsals 1-17-75.

I show March 15, 2000 was Fitzgerald's in Houston and March 16, 2000 was Caravan of Dreams in Ft. Worth. Here are two online fan reviews:

Fitzgerald’s, Houston, Texas

15 March 2000

Set List (approximate): 1st Set: Zooma/Goose/Grind/Smile Of Your Shadow/Nosumi Blues/No Quarter/Spaghetti Junction/Going To California (begins w/That’s The Way excerpt)/Steel Away/Snake Eyes/Nobody’s Fault But Mine

2nd Set: Triple-Neck Acoustic Solo/Crack Back/Bass N’ Drums (w/Heartbreaker and D&C excerpts)/B Fingers/Jump Blues/When The Levee Breaks/Tidal Encores: Trampled Underfoot/Black Dog

JPJ and Co. blew into town yesterday just ahead of the biggest rainstorm this town has seen in a year. A group of 10 or so early-goers were standing watch outside the club door when I arrived; one was Badgeholder Chris Barbero, who informed me that the band had arrived without fanfare by taxi, as in other cities. We loitered outside the club with the others, but when the band started its soundcheck we went inside to the downstairs bar to have a few cold ones, where we could clearly hear the check proceeding. Back outside for a smoke, and the bouncer opened a fire-escape door to the upstairs, treating us (and the neighborhood) to renditions of Nobody’s Fault and what sounded like Nutrocker from the 1977 tour, followed by a lengthy blues guitar/bass excursion. Throngs of fans soon accumulated, including old-school rockers in classic Cameros and Trans-Ams. The line snaked down the street until the club opened its doors at about 7:30 – of course, the area in front of the stage filled immediately. The venue is arranged thus: small stage, an open floor with bar service at back, and a small balcony affording seating overlooking the stage. Tapers were in evidence (barely bothering to hide their gear), and cameras were everywhere, with no attempt being made to control picture-taking. This show should be circulating shortly, and it should sound great, because the mix was VERY, VERY LOUD and clear. The band took the stage at 9:05 amidst wild cheering, and JPJ did that head-ducking, aw-shucks bit that reveals his modesty – he seemed genuinely surprised at the rowdy greeting. The setlist held no real surprises for those in the know, but the crowd was great – Zooma cuts were warmly received and the Zeppelin covers sparked rabid fits of whooping and fist-pumping. Early on, one churl bellowed his demand that the band “Play Zeppelin”, but he was quickly silenced. A more welcome, loud request for Carouselambra was seconded by many members of the crowd, to no avail – will we ever hear this masterpiece performed live? Nick’s Stick was inaudible for the first few numbers, but, once mixed properly, began generating the wild sounds that characterize Zooma.

JPJ, remarking upon the muggy Texas heat, seemed pleased with the full-size bath towel proffered for brow-mopping purposes and compared its generous size to the hanky-sized tissues provided at previous shows. As a general comment, the interplay between the Stick and JPJ’s bass is fascinating: JPJ will lay down a tectonic groove over which Nick solos, but, in a heartbeat, they will switch roles so that Nick picks up and continues the groove while JPJ does his melodic-bass thing. Further, as has been observed by others, the band is much tighter unit than they were when I saw them in New York in October. Although this opinion verges on heresy,

I thought No Quarter really missed Page (or at least a 6-string), especially the crashing chords just prior to the chorus and the free-form jamming later in the song; judging from the number of lighters held aloft, however, my opinion is definitely in the minority. Spaghetti Junction was a standout for the first set, featuring an exuberant give-and-take between Jones and Terl. Does anyone else think this number resembles Green Onions by Booker T & the MGs? Aside: a few hapless Deadheads celebrated this song with the peculiar dances of that tribe – head-down, hand-flapping twitching for guys and those bizarre, butterfly-catching hand motions for the ladies.

That’s The Way/Going To California drew the expected cheers, and JPJ really stretched out, marking (or reclaiming?) this song as his own. Steel Away sounds to these ears like a re-worked You Shook Me. The first set drew to a close with Nobody’s Fault, fully capturing the majesty of the dinosaur and leaving the audience happy but hungry for more. Quick battery/media checks (first set exceeded 74m) and trips to the bathroom, and the Man re-took the stage for his triple-neck solo showcase, Hugh beaming in the background like a proud father.

JPJ had some trouble obtaining the proper synchronization for his samples, and even had to stop entirely at one point, giving the crowd a good-natured, sheepish grin before plunging onward. Afterwards, the triple-neck was borne ostentatiously across the stage, JPJ’s logo proudly on display, to the strobes of multiple camera flashes. Bass N’ Drums earned its name, and the offhand references to Heartbreaker and Dazed & Confused were met with knowing glances and grins between the cognoscenti. During the exhilarating run-through of Jump Blues I suddenly flashed that this song was essentially the boogie/medley section of Whole Lotta Love (more later).

Now for the home stretch: When The Levee Breaks showed Terl at his best; he’s a very powerful drummer and can really knock it out, but he can also swing when needed. He really pins back our ears on this tune, which was a crowd favorite, judging from the extended applause thereafter. Trampled Underfoot featured great playing, but needs vocals – this is the only song I can say this about. Finally, Black Dog was a tour-de-force and the perfect ending to a perfect performance; the slide bass work approximating the vocal lines is intoxicating. If all audiences are like this Houston crowd, then JPJ should perceive this tour as a wildly successful outing.

After the show, JPJ came out onstage and gave autographs for AT LEAST one hour, signing every single thing put in front of him (and you wouldn’t believe some of the amazing items/memorabilia people brought to the show – basses, drumheads, vintage lps and picture discs, programs, etc.). He was extremely accessible and generous with his time, and everyone was able to shake his hand and take pictures of him. I asked him about my aforesaid theory that Jump Blues is a reworking of the Whole Lotta Love boogie/medley, and his response was along the lines of a friendly “No comment”. Nick and Terl also signed items for the hardcore fans, and Terl seemed quite pleased with all of the attention. I was able to speak with him for some time, and asked him what he’d done before signing on with Jonesy. “Nothing” was his reply, but I would expect him to get a lot of good work after this stint. All in all, a fantastic show featuring virtuoso playing in every respect, and the chance for fellowship with Zep brethren shouldn’t be missed. Page should be kicking himself that he picked Plant over Jones – I know I am.

David Montgomery

-------

Venue Information- Fitzgeralds Club is an old bank building that has been converted to a club with an upstairs and downstairs. In actuality it looks like a haunted house and is extremely old, a perfect place for jpj to shake the cobwebs out of the rafters. Stevie Ray Vaughn used to hold court here in the early eighties before stardom. Seating capacity around 500 to 700 people. Estimated crowd is 500, no seating standing room only. JP played upstairs. JPJ came into Houston and kicked 150,000 tons of ass. The only thing I can use as a visual guide for everyone is to think of the old godzilla movie with Raymond Burr describing how Godzilla is destroying Tokyo and substitute jpj for godzilla and Houston for Tokyo.

This was complete and total annihilation people the man in the background came to the foreground in a big way and showed once and for all that Page and Plant were not the only zepmeisters, in fact during this show jpj was musically saying I am the zeppelin as he really made the P&P show look rather banal with his avant-garde attack. The sound in this small club was top notch and extremely loud and clear even the stick sounded great. I think it is the nature of the instrument and not the soundboard volume that makes the touch guitar sound a little soft at times.

The initial barrage of bass laden songs set the tone as it was obvious that the band was in a good mood and playing great. Smile brought out the mandola for the first section then switching to lap steel for the songs conclusion this was the first taste of jpj master musician as he easily slid from one instrument to the next as he would do effortlessly throughout the evening. Nosumi Blues rocked hard and and was followed by the first zep song of the evening and it was into NO Quarter. No way to bring out the old zep pomposity for this one but the thought was there and it was played admirably.

Spaghetti Junction followed and was all jazzed up keys and grooved along nicely. Snake Eyes was next and was cool especially the play off at the end between jp and nick (and the computer?). The first half closed with the best song of the night and it was Nobodys Fault But Mine. I can barely describe the euphoria of the crowd during this song, plaster was actually falling off of the walls (well maybe). How unbelievable that jp is not only playing the guitar parts better than Page could at this point but also playing the lyrics on the lap steel basically saying I don;’t need either one of you as I can do the whole song by myself thank you very much. To top it off jp played two solos during the song, at the harp break and at the regular lead solo break.

After this there was a sense of witnessing a major event as the crowd were buzzing like bees as we headed for the bar.

The second half opened with the triple neck in all of its symbolic glory. Having seen zep in Houston in 77 it was nice to see old trip back in town. Next was Going to California with a brief That’s The Way tease. Nice finger picking by jp on this one. The next song is listed as Steel Away on the boot of one of the shows I have but it was obviously You Shook Me. Awesome Mandolin playing solo included inserted were the harp solo would be, then sliding to the lapsteel for the conclusion. A note here the lap steel playing during this show was phenomenal as jp absolutely let rip every time he played it.

Crackback was cool but nick could not match the raw intensity of the page soloof the album version, still a great song. Bass & Drums featured a brief Dazed interlude followed by a full Lemon Song jam, amazing. B Fingers should be called stick fingers as this was nicks biggest moment of the night, he was sending out weird bits of information sounding like some kind of alien language, full shred. Jump-Junk Blues turned into a wild boogie children sounding jam that seemed to last about ten minutes, a lap steel orgy. When the Levee Breaks rocked mercilessly. Of course this was a major highlight, headbanging just like the tea party. Tidal closed the show in a tidal show of force with jp and nick squaring off like a couple of cowboys at high noon.

First encore was Trampled Underfoot, I was not at all impressed with this song, it just never really takes flight. Black Dog closed the night and what a storming version once again the lyrics are played on the lap steel, funny how the lap steel has no problem hitting those original high notes. The show went right around 2 hours and twenty minutes. The usual tour comments were made by THE MAN ie. Time for the dinosaur stomp.

In retrospect this was one for the ages, having heard a boot from the tour I knew what to expect but the sheer power and volume of the show in such a small venue was almost indescribable. Go see this tour if you want to here the future of music. If your scared STAY HOME.

Its on to Austin baby and jpj at the south by southwest music festival. ROCK IT.

Stephen Christensen

http://www.tightbutl...tblweb09/?p=968

Edited by SteveAJones
Link to comment
Share on other sites

A couple of videos from John Cage's Musicircus which took place March 3rd, 2012.

Cage’s idea for the composition was to invite a wide range of musicians and other artists who would perform different works simultaneously to create a unique, exciting and seemingly anarchic sound. The performers and audience who witnessed this ‘happening’ experienced the future of music as envisaged by Cage.

http://www.eno.org/s...php?itemid=2007

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-U8FGg5PJU

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 weeks later...

Gig-ography. Hey Steven! I think you've invented a new word here.

'Gigography' has been used for many years...mainly by bands who list their tour history on their websites.

Some correction and additions for your list, Steve.

1. The 12.4.94 Wadsworth Theatre gig is in Westwood, CA, not Inglewood, CA. The theatre is located on the Veterans Administration Grounds north of Wilshire Blvd. and just west of the 405 freeway.

2. I have seen three Watkins Family Hour shows at Largo where John Paul Jones made an appearance. Two were at the old Largo Cafe on Fairfax Ave. in Hollywood...these dates were 6.20.07 and 2.7.08. The third was at the new Largo at the Coronet Theatre on La Cienega Blvd. on 3.5.09.

3. Them Crooked Vultures played the Roxy in Hollywood on November 16, 2009, not November 18. The Wiltern date of November 17 is correct.

4. Them Crooked Vultures also played Club Nokia in Los Angeles on April 14, 2010 and the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, CA on April 16, 2010.

Edited by Strider
Link to comment
Share on other sites

'Gigography' has been used for many years...mainly by bands who list their tour history on their websites.

Some correction and additions for your list, Steve.

1. The 12.4.94 Wadsworth Theatre gig is in Westwood, CA, not Inglewood, CA. The theatre is located on the Veterans Administration Grounds north of Wilshire Blvd. and just west of the 405 freeway.

2. I have seen three Watkins Family Hour shows at Largo where John Paul Jones made an appearance. Two were at the old Largo Cafe on Fairfax Ave. in Hollywood...these dates were 6.20.07 and 2.7.08. The third was at the new Largo at the Coronet Theatre on La Cienega Blvd. on 3.5.09.

3. Them Crooked Vultures played the Roxy in Hollywood on November 16, 2009, not November 18. The Wiltern date of November 17 is correct.

4. Them Crooked Vultures also played Club Nokia in Los Angeles on April 14, 2010 and the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, CA on April 16, 2010.

Great to receive additions and corrections.

I was aware of the June 2007 jam with Watkins Family Hour but did not have the exact date, nor do I have any setlist details involving JPJ that night.

For his Feb 7, 2008 jam with Watkins Family Hour I show they played a John Hartford bluegrass song with Jones on bass (title unconfirmed)…apparently drummer Jim Keltner came up to join them at some point and JPJ also performed 'Going To California'.

His Mar 5, 2009 jam with WFH is news to me. I shall see what I can find with regard to setlist details, press coverage and photos.

I'm not aware of any recordings of these three shows in circulation.

Edited by SteveAJones
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 years later...

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.

Unsure if I or anyone else has posted these findings already but here you go...it seems the Yardley tour was 1968...and two dates are confirmed:

April 1968

Yardley’s “The London Look” Promotion Continental Tour:

Herman’s Hermits, Graham Bonney, The Robb Storme Group, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Sun 21/04/68 Yardley’s “The London Look” European Tour: Hamburg, Germany

Fri 26/04/68 Yardley’s “The London Look” European Tour: Sportpalast, Berlin, Germany

(USA) Billboard April 13, 1968 page 52: Yardley’s Backs Pop Show By Leading British Artists

London – Yardley’s, the British cosmetics company, is backing a special series of pop shows by leading British acts in a promotion under the banner of “The London Look.”

The new range of Yardley cosmetics called the London Look are to be launched in Europe, and at each show, Yardley’s will give every girl in the audience a sample and a souvenir EP record manufactured by EMI.

The international sales division of EMI will issue in Europe a series of four albums on the Regal label which will be made available through the trade in the territories visited by the shows. The album sleeve will depict Yardley models. A special bus will visit the cities where the shows are staged, and a team of Yardley consultants will give advice on makeup. A “London Look” train with Radio Luxembourg disk jockeys, will run through France.

The shows will feature Herman’s Hermits, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, the Procol Harum and other British acts. The tour begins April 21 in Hamburg and will then visit Berlin (26) followed by dates in France, Italy, Belgium and Switzerland. On the French dates, Emperor Rosko will introduce the shows.

Sun 21/04/68

Hamburg, Deutschland

Yardley’s “London Look” Tour with Herman’s Hermits, the Flower Pot Men, Graham Bonney, The Robb Storme Group and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Fri 26/04/68

Sportpalast, Berlin, Deutschland

Yardley’s “London Look” Tour with Herman’s Hermits, The Flower Pot Men, Graham Bonney, The Robb Storme Group and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Mon 29/04/68

(Germany) Bravo n°18 pages 40-47: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Colour Poster

Bravo 18-68 Dave Dee & Co Double Page Colour Poster

Yardley realised what no concert agency could achieve. To promote their new Teenager series, the company brought together all the Beat groups that count: Herman's Hermits, the Flower Pot Men, Dave Dee & Co, The Robb Storme Group and Graham Bonney.

Edited by SteveAJones
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 1 year later...

I was standing right in front of Jones on Oct 12, 1999 at Pearl Street Nightclub in Northampton MA.  Small club - maybe 500 people.  I had seen many shows there including Little Feat, The Black Crowes, the Ramones, Phish, etc.  But this was the absolute greatest show ever played there.  I did not realize it was the first US Zooma show!  An incredible, blistering show and a very, very appreciative audience.   The next day I opened the local paper to see the review.  Great review, and then I read that the reviewer was hanging out at the Hotel Northampton a few blocks from Pearl Street, and at 2 am Jones and the band walked into the bar to have some drinks and hang out.  The reviewer got an interview.  I had no idea that is where Jones was staying.  If I had just waited 2 hours and gone to the Hotel Northampton.  Oh well.

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 5 months later...
  • Administrators
On 1/17/2013 at 10:50 PM, SteveAJones said:

 

JPJ performed at Daytona's in Pasadena, MD on Thu, March 30th and was flown immediately afterward from Washington Dulles Airport to Toronto to appear as a guest on 'Open Mike With Mike Bullard' at CTV Studios located at 888 Yonge Street. March 31st

was a day off in Toronto and I believe he stayed at the Royal York (one of my favorite hotels in the world by the way). You may have encountered him checking out enroute to the Montreal gig at Club Soda on April 1st. Interesting to note the Montreal Star reported that JPJ had a hard time confirming his identity when checking into his Montreal hotel. The Toronto gig was on April 2nd; I believe he stayed at the Royal York once again.

I was with JPJ... He came in to do the Mike Bullard TV show straight from the airport and flew back out immediately afterwards. The show had already started when we arrived. As you know, the TV studio at 888 Yonge Street was the former home of the Rock Pile.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...