Jimmy Page Still Regrets About Hiring ‘The Drummer’ For The Led Zeppelin Reunion

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is recently interviewed by The Times during which he revealed his regrets about recruiting ‘the drummer’ for the band’s reunion for the Live Aid event.

Formed in 1968, Led Zeppelin won a seat among the most successful rock bands in music history. Throughout their career, they enjoyed remarkable musical success with songs and albums considered rock hits. However, following their drummer John Bonham’s passing in 1980, Led Zeppelin decided to disband.

After the band’s disbandment, the remaining members appeared on stage together on various occasions. Back on July 13, 1985, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones reunited for the Live Aid concert. At that time, Phil Collins performed with Led Zeppelin as their drummer. However, the performance didn’t go according to their plans and turned out to be a disaster. Collins had no time to rehearse before the show, Plant lost his voice, and Page’s guitar wasn’t tuned.

That disastrous reunion show at Live Aid sparked a feud between Jimmy Page and Phil Collins. Back in those days, the guitarist even wanted to take revenge on Collins by pulling a cruel prank on him. According to Page’s recent interview, there is still tension between the two.

In the interview by The Times, Jimmy Page recalled the Led Zeppelin reunion at the Live Aid. He then admitted that it was a mistake to hire Phil Collins as their drummer for Live Aid. The iconic guitarist didn’t even call Collins by his name, instead, he called him ‘the drummer.’ According to Page, Collins struggled to play the Zeppelin’s opening song ‘Rock And Roll,’ and put them in real trouble.

Saying it was ‘not very clever’ to recruit Phil Collins as the drummer, Jimmy Page told The Times that:

“The drummer couldn’t get the beginning of ‘Rock And Roll.’ So, we were in real trouble with that.”

It seems that although it has been 36 years since that reunion show, Jimmy Page is still thinking about that incident. Although not rehearsing before the show is a valid excuse for a bad performance, Page still thinks Collins was the wrong choice for the show.