Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Report: Jimmy Page in Cuba

By Brian Gardiner

What was Jimmy Page doing in Cuba?

Other than buying records and the iconic picture of Che Guevara taken by photographer Alberto Korda, his appearance in the Spanish-speaking nation raises questions about Jimmy's musical intentions.

2008 photo of Jimmy Page by christopherharte
Page spent at least three days in Cuba, reports Michel Hern├índez for Prensa Latina. Word first got out on Saturday that Page was staying at the old Havana's Hotel Saratoga, so local DJ Juan Camacho and Cuban rock band Tesis de Menta (Mint Thesis?) went down to talk to Page. The guitarist, reportedly looking fit and healthy in shorts and black t-shirt, told the admirers that he was interested in the work of Havana nightclub Maxim Rock.

Maxim Rock, along with the Cuban Rock Agency, works to promote rock bands in Cuba.

Last June, Page visited Brazil, including a stop in a local samba school. At the time, it was suggested Page would return in September to record local musicians. Everybody then believed, Page included, that he was going to be recording in 2010. That was Page's timeline late in the previous year, anyway, when he said:
"I intend to be making music next year, and I've got lots of new music to present."
By December 2010, his tune had changed, as he told Planet Rock's Liz Barnes:
"I'm desperate to be playing, but it won't be 'til next year."
It is now next year, and Page was just in Cuba checking out a rock club and promoter. Is Page planning on doing something with a latin/Spanish feel, much like he did with Moroccan musicians on the Unledded album with Plant?

Time will tell, but we can only hope this Jimmy Page sighting indicates that he's beginning work on his next project.

1 comment:

  1. Mr. Page,

    Where I respected you for the past 35 years, I sadly say, those days are over. As a Cuban-American, I am stunned to see this. A man repsonsible for public executions, imprisonment and more - this is who you decide to buy a photo of?

    Do you own such photos of Mao and Hitler?

    Mr. Gardiner,
    You forgot to say, "Iconic picture of a muderous thug". How aboutwe let the thug speak for himself?

    “We reject any peaceful approach!“, “Violence is inevitable! To establish Socialism rivers of blood must flow! If the nuclear missiles had remained (in Cuba) we would have fired them against the heart of the U.S. including New York City. The victory of socialism is well worth millions of atomic victims!”

    “Hatred is the central element of our struggle!”, “Hatred that is intransigent….Hatred so violent that it propels a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him violent and cold- blooded killing machine… My nostrils dilate while savoring the acrid odor of gunpowder and blood. Crazy with fury I will stain my rifle red while slaughtering any surrendered enemy that falls in my hands! We must keep our hatred alive and fan it to paroxysm!”


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