Jimmy Page and Anton Fig Share Insights on Their Surprise Rock Hall Performance
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In a surprise appearance at Friday’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, legendary guitarist Jimmy Page took the stage to induct the iconic guitarist Link Wray, captivating the audience at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center with a stellar performance of Wray’s beloved rock instrumental “Rumble.”
Page, the mastermind behind Led Zeppelin.
He expressed his deep admiration for Link Wray and his influential track “Rumble” in a heartfelt Facebook post.
“I was asked to induct Link Wray into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; a guitarist, instrumentalist, and songwriter that I’d admired from the very first taste of the ‘Rumble,'” Page wrote. “Link Wray and ‘Rumble’ stand alone at the pinnacle in the world of instrumentals, and I was thrilled to stand on stage in New York with drummer Anton Fig and bassist Tim Givens at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last night to induct one of my heroes,” he concluded.
Drummer Anton Fig, renowned for his work with artists like Kiss, Bob Dylan, and Mick Jagger.
He shared his excitement about the performance on social media.
“Having played and recorded with Link so many times in the ’80s, I was honored to be asked to be in this band,” Fig wrote. “And of course with Jimmy Page — it was a dream come true! He approached this with such reverence and humility — it was an absolute thrill to be up there behind him!”
While Page’s performance undoubtedly stole the show, the 2023 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was filled with memorable moments. Inductee Sheryl Crow delivered a stunning rendition of her hit song “Everyday Is a Winding Road,” joined by Stevie Nicks and Peter Frampton. Tom Morello, accepting Rage Against the Machine’s induction, delivered an impassioned speech about the transformative power of music, emphasizing its ability to change the world. Additionally, Bernie Taupin celebrated the influence of “articulate women” and “articulate Black artists,” subtly addressing recent controversial remarks made by Rock Hall co-founder Jann Wenner.