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Possibly the most underrated bass player in rock and roll history, Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones is far and away one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century. Though he’s best known for his work with Led Zeppelin, he’s also experienced a wildly successful solo career that’s put him in the studio and onstage with some of rock’s most iconic figures.
In honor of John’s 70th birthday on January 3, here are 8 cool things he’s done – that aren’t Led Zeppelin.
For the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Joshua Homme of Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age, their boyhood dreams were fulfilled when John Paul Jones joined the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures. When John Paul Jones wants to join your band, you know you’ve made it!
Understandably, Dave Grohl described Jones’ guest appearance as the “second greatest thing to happen to me in my life”.
John really loves those Foo Fighters, doesn’t he?
Finally – the world got to hear what John Paul Jones was capable of in the form of 1999’s Zooma, his debut solo album that’s 47 minutes of instrumental goodness.
In 2008, he produced Nickel Creek singer-fiddler Sara Watkins’ self-entitled solo debut.
Seasick Steve even loves to introduce JPJ as, “a member of the best band in the world”. We agree, Steve. We agree.
There isn’t anyone in rock who doesn’t love JPJ – ask Queen’s Brian May, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson, or even Deep Purple’s Ian Paice, because they all shared a stage with John in 2012 for the Sunflower Charity Jam.
I know, I know – we said cool things that aren’t Led Zeppelin, but come on – how cool was this?! It even featured Jason Bonham on drums, and who can resist a Bonham behind the kit?
Happy 70th birthday, John Paul Jones!
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