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Jimmy Page’s Surprise Performance at the Hall of Fame


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Jimmy Page made a surprise appearance at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony at Barclays Center in New York on Saturday night, inducting legendary guitarist Link Wray.

Following a video chronicling Wray’s influential career, Page appeared on screen with a pre-recorded message. In it, the Led Zeppelin rocker recalled hearing Wray’s classic instrumental “Rumble” for the first time when he was a teen and thinking, “What is this? In those days, there were many guitar instrumentals, but as a 14 year old kid who could barely play the guitar, it really had an effect on me. The vigor and the strength and the power in it. And you know something else, it was fearless. It was just phenomenal. The essence of cool.”

Page later referred to Wray was his “hero,” and expressed sincere appreciation to be able to induct him into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

As the recorded message ended, Page appeared in person onstage, immediately kicking into the famous riff of “Rumble.”

The Led Zeppelin musician, now 79 years old, displayed the dexterity that made him one of the most celebrated guitarists in rock history, masterfully weaving through the classic tune.

Video of Page’s performance can be seen below.




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Very pleased, proud and overjoyed for Jimmy. Link Wray means so much to him, and Jimmy really rose to the occasion to deliver a fulsome tribute.

It's been so long since Jimmy mesmerized a New York City audience, to see them all literally leap to their feet is a real testament to the enduring connection between them.  

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