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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

SOLVED: Photo of the Moment - CSNY & Jimmy Page, 1974

Neil Young, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills & Jimmy Page
Photo by Joseph Stevens
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This past weekend, we posted a Photo of the Moment of Neil Young, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills & Jimmy Page.

Matt -- a longtime regular TW reader -- had earlier sent it along with a note to us asking if we knew anything about the photo.

It appeared to be from the time of the 1974 stadium tour in a nightclub somewhere. Given Jimmy Page was in the photo, it seemed possibly CSNY concert at Wembley Stadium, London, England, 1974-09-14?

And what's up with Neil playing a Rickenbacker guitar?! No one has ever seen that before???

So we "fan-sourced" the photo and lo & behold within a few hours we had our answer.

Syscrusher commented:
In my book "Neil Young: The Visual Documentary" by John Robertson it says that after the Wembley show, "CSNY attend a party at Quagliino's in Piccadilly, where Young and Stills jam with members of Led Zeppelin and The Band, performing Vampire Blues and On The Beach among other songs."

And Robert "Stringman" posted on our wall on Facebook | ThrashersWheatNeverSleeps (42):
From John Bonham's site 1974 14 September. John Bonham and Jimmy Page jam with Neil Young at Quaglilino's Restaurant in London after a show at Wembley Stadium featuring Joni Mitchell, C.S.N. & Y and The Band.

Stefano Frollano added:
This photo was shot by Joseph Stevens and it was first published back in 1978 in Carole Dufrechou book "Neil Young". The book has two editions with some slight differences.

Anonymous added:
And the date is listed in Ghosts On The Road by Pete Long. It was after the Wembley Gig. It´s a shame that you can´t see it on the photo but that´s John Bonham on drums!

Unfortunatly no tape from that performance is known to exist!

From comment by Surfer-Joe:
Later that same day the musicians turned up at a post-gig party in Quaglino’s. This most famous of London’s society restaurants had been opened by Giovanni Quaglino in the 1930s. It eventually closed in the 1980s and was subsequently rebuilt in 1993 by Terence Conran on the same location (16 Bury Street, St James’s Place).

Thanks Matt, Syscrusher, Stefano & Stringman! And thanks to all the TW readers and the excellent "fan-sourcing"! (See Crowdsourcing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)

jimmy page & neil

Which reminds us of another time when Jimmy Page and Neil Young got together and jammed all night long...

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At 3/13/2012 09:41:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here´s another one (third) for ya:

It´s from early 1988, Neil jamming with the All Star Band at the Rock´n´Roll hall of fame. Robert Plant on Vocals, so he already jammed with the entire band.

At 3/13/2012 09:44:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

me again. correction: actually it´s the silver clef awards november 17th 1988 but still the "all star band", sorry!

At 3/13/2012 11:25:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where was David Crosby???

At 3/13/2012 12:05:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 3/13/2012 12:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That photo was in the British Music Press when they reviewed the Wembley show in 74. Can't remember which one. NME I think.

At 3/13/2012 02:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just read on KTLA website (Music) that Mr Dylan is planning to release his 'Archives' including bootlegs this autumn, for a cost of around $300.00. While I like Mr. D, where does this leave the NY Archives 2? And how can one truly afford both these days? If Neil and camp are waiting for a lull in the music release action, so to speak, it could be a long time coming. Would someone from the Rancho Campo in Redwood like to post a comment? How 'bout it Archives Guy, anything...please.
Bill in Calgary

At 3/13/2012 06:22:00 PM, Blogger Raincheck said...

I neeeeeeeeeed Archives 2.


At 3/13/2012 07:37:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, Raincheck, I most heartily agree!!
Bill in Calgary

At 3/13/2012 11:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does the lack of news and the posting of old pics mean the Neil and crazy horse tour news is imminent:-)

At 3/14/2012 04:49:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Photo by Joseph Stevens.

So, is Joseph Stevens the same guy as this Joe Stevens?

At 3/14/2012 09:38:00 AM, Blogger Thrasher said...

@Bill in Calgary - not sure if we'll hear back from AG. Seems like things are busy on the ranch. And that's a good thing.

@Anon 3/13/2012 11:47:00 PM - see reply to Bill above. ;)

@Anon 3/14/2012 04:49:00 AM - seems possible.

At 3/14/2012 01:30:00 PM, Blogger surfer-joe said...

In Broken Arrow issue 122 I wrote a long article on Neil’s appearances in London (‘London Calling’). This photo was included and was indeed taken by Joe Stevens. Joe is a legendary 70s rock photographer who is also a good friend to the NYAS and who graciously allowed us to re-produce it and helped me with the story. Here’s the relevant passage from ‘London Calling’:

Less than a year later Neil was back in town, this time with his superstar buddies Crosby, Stills and Nash to close out their mega 1974 US stadium door (the infamous ‘doom tour’) with a one-off gig at Wembley Stadium of all places. Labelled as the UK’s ‘gig of the year’ and described by many who were there as unforgettable, it received massive coverage in the UK musical press and attracted a crowd of over 72,000. The CSNY performance was filmed in its entirety and remarkably good quality bootlegs have surfaced in recent years. Well worth tracking down.
Much later that same day the musicians turned up at a post-gig party in Quaglino’s. This most famous of London’s society restaurants had been opened by Giovanni Quaglino in the 1930s. It eventually closed in the 1980s and was subsequently rebuilt in 1993 by Terence Conran on the same location (16 Bury Street, St James’s Place). This after show is worthy of special note because both Stills and Young got up on stage and jammed along firstly with members of The Band, and then later with Jimmy Page and John Bonham, when Neil even sang “Vampire Blues” and “On The Beach”. Legendary rock photographer and friend to the NYAS Joe Stevens was there and caught this image of Neil onstage with Stills, Nash and Jimmy Page.
In his 2010 book Apathy for the Devil (A 1970’s Memoir) Nick Kent, one of only a few writers on popular music who can really claim to have led a rock’n’roll lifestyle, memorably wrote about this party:

“The big event as summer turned to autumn was a Wembley Stadium show headlined by recently reformed hippie dreamers Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. They played for almost three hours, their voices audibly hollowed out by ongoing cocaine abuse. Half the band appeared to be struggling with recurrent nose bleeding. It was a sorry spectacle all told, only Neil Young managed to fleetingly impress. At the party afterwards at a West End watering hole called Quaglino’s a wide-eyed, chemically impacted Young, and an obnoxiously drunk-as-a-skunk Stills booed the ropey pick-up band, hired to perform at their festivities, off the makeshift stage, then climbed up and took over their instruments. Young immediately took control of the repertoire sand started performing several sluggish tempoed compositions from his just released album On The Beach. Stills tried to play the drums but fell backwards off the stool after a couple of minutes. He then decided to approach the microphone and address the many English ‘rock’ musicians who’d tured up at the event as invited guests. In a nutshell, he dared them to come up and match their playing skills with his. It was just a pissed-up brag, but both Jimmy Page and John Bonham volunteered and played a memorable ten minute jam, with Young still firmly at the helm. Robbie Robertson of the band also stepped up and he and Young got into a lively guitar duel that would have involuntarily cured the whiskers off any bearded man present in the room.
Young was a force of nature that night. No one could intimidate him or outplay him. You could tell he was having an excessively good time. Even Stills’s bullish presence didn’t faze him. Why should it?”

At 3/14/2012 03:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for answering my question Surfer-Joe!
Or should that be Surfer-Joseph?

In this months issue of Uncut Magazine there's a
photo-story with Joe Stevens pics from New York Folk Festival (july 1965). There's also a five page article on Danny Whiten included.
I didn't know Joe Stevens before this picture and the Uncut article but he has been there at the front line.

Great story anyway Surfer-Joe, thanks for posting.

"Young was a force of nature that night. No one could intimidate him or outplay him."
Oops, who is the guy on the right on this picture? What was his name?


At 3/14/2012 03:56:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher said...

Thanks Surfer-Joe!

Sorry on that for missing the Broken Arrow article connection. Shame on us.

We'll amend post to reference BA #122.

At 3/16/2012 01:40:00 PM, Anonymous Jeff Strawman said...

No way that's John Bonham at the drum kit. He had a beard in 1974 & that's a left-handed kit.

Best Regards,

Jeff Strawman
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At 3/16/2012 07:47:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher said...

Thanks Jeff for comment on Bonham.

From the comments above, it states that Stills booted a "ropey pick-up band, hired to perform at their festivities, off the makeshift stage, then climbed up and took over their instruments."

So maybe what we see in this photo is the drummer and equipment of the "ropey pick-up band" before Bonham took over?

As a LedZep expert, anything more to add about the gig other than the photo doesn't include Bonham?

Love to hear it from a LedZep fans perspective.


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