Cat Posted April 27, 2008 Share Posted April 27, 2008 Yardbirds Taking Off Separately August 2, 1968—Van Nuys (Calif.) Upon completion in mid-June of their U.S. tour, the Yardbirds made a decisions to disband. "The split is an amicable one," says lead guitarist Jimmy Page who, along with bassist Chris Dreja, will continue using the Yardbirds name. "Keith Relf and Jim McCarty have left to pursue their individual musical ideas," Page said. Page has returned to London to start auditioning for a new drummer and vocalist. He also plans to incorporate a mellotron into the new act. This will be played by the vocalist. "No one has ever toured with one before; it's a very delicate instrument" Page stated. Utilizing a system of tape casettes, the mellotron is able to simulate the sound of any instrument. In outward appearance and operation it is similar to an organ. The new group, to be billed as the Yardbirds Featuring Jimmy Page, will return to the states in October for a series of college concerts. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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