John Paul Jones to play JPJ?
While he gears up for the one-night-only reunion concert at London's O2 Arena December 10, guitarist Jimmy Page fueled speculation of a full-fledged Led Zeppelin tour when he recently told Guitar World, "It's a bit silly not to because there is such massive demand."
Considering that John Paul Jones Arena has already held the likes of Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton, and just hosted the reunited Police, could the JPJ soon be filled with strains of "Stairway to Heaven"? It may sound far-fetched, but our town does boast the following Zep connections:
Led Zep bassist John Paul Jones may not be the eponym for UVA's basketball arena, but he did play this year's Bonnaroo Music Festival, co-owned by Coran Capshaw.
Moreover, Jones played as part of this year's "Superjam" whose alumni include Stewart Copeland (who played JPJ just last week with the Police), Trey Anastasio (who played the Charlottesville Pavilion in October 2006 and opened for the Rolling Stones at Scott Stadium in October 2005), and Herbie Hancock (who played the Paramount Theater in May).
Jason Bonham– who will be filling in for his late father, John, on drums at the London show– has already played Charlottesville! That happened on May 18, 1999, when the Jason Bonham Band played Outback Lodge. According to Lodge owner Terry Martin, the son of "Bonzo" enjoyed his visit. "He stayed well after the show was over, and partied up late night big time," says Martin. "He was just drinking and having a ball."
Need more convincing? Well, Nashville-based agency Keith Case & Associates represents recent Robert Plant collaborator Alison Krauss. The firm also happens to represent Charlottesville neo-bluegrass outfit King Wilkie and local resident and folk singer Jesse Winchester. Might Plant have already signed up one of Krauss' friends as the opening act?
Still not convinced the stars are aligned? In the '70s, Jimmy Page was infamous for his fascination with the dark arts and secret societies, particularly as they applied to British author Aleister Crowley. Might he take an interest in checking out UVA's Seven Society (whose symbol is about as cryptic as the runes in the album art of Led Zeppelin IV) or the University's Edgar Alan Poe room?
Okay, guess where all orders for Zep merch go? You guessed it. From belt buckles to baseball jerseys, the place to buy official Zeppelin gear online in the U.S. is through their store at musictoday.com, a Crozet-based business that Capshaw founded.
Let the wild speculation begin!