Classic Rock Throwback: Jimmy Page Performs Instrumental Version Of “Stairway to Heaven”

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After Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page began working on various projects.

Co-founding the XYZ short-lived supergroup, he wrote the soundtrack for Death Wish II (1982), released The Firm with Paul Rodgers, rejoined with Led Zeppelin, and performed with prominent names from Roy Harper to the Rolling Stones.

After a decade of working with different projects, Page managed to record his first solo album, Outrider (1988), his only self-produced album that did not become a soundtrack.

Rolling Stone, at the time, gave two stars to the record and dubbed it as “whole lotta muddle”. David Fricke, the critic, referred to Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.”

A few months after releasing his solo work in June 1988, Page launched an extensive tour in the United States, accompanied by numerous shows in the United Kingdom.

In his shows during the mid-1980s, with The Firm, Page evaded Zeppelin’s collection nearly entirely, but his nostalgic mood hit him.

The set-list of Outrider’s tour joined by drummer Jason Bonham, bassist Durban Laverde, and keyboardist/singer John Miles, who also recorded the record – was a story of his work, including tunes by The Firm, Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin, plus his new materials at the time.

Before the show’s end, he drove the audience mad by performing an instrumental version of “Stairway to Heaven,” which he performed in public for the first time at the A.R.M.S foundation show in 1983.

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