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Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page: 'Olympics with Leona Lewis is my greatest achievement'



You'd think "being in The Yard Birds", "welcoming children" and "not dying from heavy recreational drug use in the Seventies" would be up among Jimmy Page's list of crowning achievements second only to "being the lead guitarist of Led Zeppelin".

Turns out, the next best thing he did aside from creating modern rock music is far more surprising.

Enter former X Factor winner Leona Lewis, with whom Page performed a rendition of "Whole Lotta Love" at the London 2012 Olympics, to his apparent delight, and the disappointment of thousands of Zeppelin fans.

"I'd be very sincere if I said that doing the Olympics [Beijing, 2008] with Leona Lewis was phenomenal," he told Uncut magazine when asked what his best non-Zeppelin accomplishment was to date.

"She's really plucky, she's superb, and she sang "Whole Lotta Love" brilliantly.

"We managed to do the full length of "Whole Lotta Love" - it wasn't edited - and she sang it beautifully. It was so cool the way she approached it.

"For that audience, and the fact we didn't f**k it up... We're really going to do this and we're going to do it proud. That was important. It was a Led Zeppelin number but it took on another persona. I was proud to be able to play that riff for the handover."

No words.

From: The Indepedent
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May 31, 1948 - John Henry Bonham was born at Redditch, Worchestershire
May xx, 1969 - The band’s debut album enters the US Top 10
May xx, 1969 - Recording sessions for Led Zeppelin II begin
May xx, 1970 - The band works on new material at Bron-Y-Aur
May 03, 1971 - Richard Cole jams on Whole Lotta Love playing congas
May xx, 1972 - Houses Of The Holy recording sessions on location at Stargroves and Olympic studios
May 27, 1972 - Warm-up gigs kick off in Holland for an upcoming American tour
May 04, 1973 - Led Zeppelin gross nearly $250,000 for their performance in Atlanta, GA
May 05, 1973 - 56,800 attend the second show of the 1973 US tour at Tampa. This sets a record for the largest attendance for a one-act performance, previously held by the Beatlesfor their Shea Stadium show in 1965
May 10, 1974 - Swan Song Records is officially launched
May 11, 1974 - Led Zeppelin attend an Elvis concert and are thrilled when Elvis announces that Led Zeppelin is in the building
May 10, 1975 - Showco ships their PA system and video screens for the Earls Court shows from Dallas to London
May 23, 1976 - Page and Plant join Bad Company onstage at the LA Forum
May 21, 1977 - The Houston Summit claims $500,000 in damages to their venue caused by rowdy fans
May xx, 1978 - The band reunite at Clearwater Castle to rehearse
May 22, 1979 - It is officially announce that Led Zeppelin will headline at the Knebworth Festival in August
May 15, 1980 - After many revisions the European tour dates are finalized and the band is scheduled to open in Germany
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