Tracii Guns Thinks Jimmy Page Was Inspired By Joe Walsh To Do A Bow Solo

L. A. Guns’ Tracii Guns recently joined AL.com for an interview and argued Jimmy Page saw Joe Walsh using effects in his solo and got inspired by the Eagles guitarist.

Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page is noted for playing his guitar with a cello bow. He does this to create a droning sound texture to the music. This technique can be observed in the live versions of ‘Dazed and Confused’ and ‘How Many More Times.’ Page is also a talented session musician, and he argues developing the technique during his session days and shows David McCallum, Sr., as his inspiration. However, Tracii Guns claims that Page was actually inspired by the Eagles’ Joe Walsh.

In a recent interview with AL.com, Tracii Guns said there are so many elements in a bow solo, and it’s difficult to handle. Guns then said another aspect is that one needs to pretend to be Jimmy Page while doing a bow solo. After that, he argued that he saw Joe Walsh getting the same effects without a bow in around 1970.

According to Guns, Page saw what Walsh achieved and put that together with a bow in a more organized way. Moreover, the guitarist said he was surprised by not receiving any negative response for stealing this technique from Page. 

Speaking to AL.com, Tracii Guns said the following about composing a bow solo:

“There’s a lot of mystery in the bow solo. So many elements go into it because, number one, it’s extremely difficult to do. It’s really hard to play with a flat bridge on a Les Paul with a pickguard under the strings. The bow doesn’t want to do what you’re trying to get it to do. So that’s the first element: just like ‘God, this is not easy to do.’

And then you just straight up pretend you’re Jimmy Page. I mean, really. You’ve got to picture [Led Zeppelin concert film] ‘The Song Remains The Same’ and get into the vibe because that is the vibe.

He then continued, claiming Walsh inspired Page:

“There is a really interesting video of Joe Walsh not using a bow, but it’s ‘Turn To Stone’ and like 1970, ’71 and his solo band. He does all those effects before Page does those effects with the bow. So when I stumbled upon that, I figured that Page saw that and said, ‘Oh, that’s a little more organized,’ and put something together.

So, how my rig is working that night dictates what I will do. And I don’t know until I pull the bow across the low E string the first time in front of people. It’s like, OK, I have this much control or this little control.”

Guns also revealed he is surprised he is not slammed for ripping off Page:

“The funny thing about it is, I can’t believe I don’t get tons of sh*t for it. I’ve been doing it for years, and a couple of people are like, ‘Oh, Jimmy Page!’ No, I’m completely stealing this from Jimmy Page and then presenting it to the L.A. Guns audience, you know? And for me, it’s just a super moody, dark tribute to the rightful owner.”

Tracii Guns believes Jimmy Page saw Joe Walsh achieving the same effects with his guitar and decided to use the bow during a solo. Moreover, Guns thinks he pays a moody and dark tribute to Page while playing a bow solo for the L.A. Guns audience.