Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page visits Cuba

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was on the road recently, making a surprise visit to Cuba.

Solvision reports the 67-year-old rocker left Cuba on Monday, after a visit that included tours of historic sites, and purchases of souvenirs that included albums by local artists, as well as the famous photograph of Che Guevara taken by Alberto Korda.

Jimmy stayed at old Havana's Hotel Saratoga where, after learning Page was visiting, a number of local musicians tried to meet him.

Musicians from the local band Tesis de Menta, a flagship of rock in Cuba, and well-known radio host and vocalist Juan Camacho, fulfilled their "dream" of meeting and talking with Page last Saturday.

After being mobbed in the hotel lobby, Page, dressed in shorts and a black T-shirt, talked for almost 20 minutes with the Cuban musicians about different aspects of his career.

He was interested in the work of the theatre Maxim Rock, headquarters of the Cuban Rock Agency, and the influence of Led Zeppelin on the local scene.

Tesis de Menta singer Beatrix Lopez told Prensa Latina that Page, "with a youthful spirit" and "very strong," talked about his friendship with the British guitarist Jeff Beck, who was part of the celebrated band The Yardbirds in the 1960s.

He passionately praised the work of the Belgian singer with Arab roots Natasha Atlas, considered a cult figure in the European underground scene.

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