The Guitarist Who Gave It All To Copy Jimmy Page
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It’s Almost Uncanny!
Mr. Jimmy, a documentary on Japanese guitarist Akio, Mr. Jimmy Sakurai’s lifetime dedication to honoring Jimmy Page by replicating the Led Zeppelin icon’s guitar playing, will be released in theaters on September 1.
Prior to the genuine Jimmy Page learning about him and stopping by to see him perform one night, Sakurai spent 30 years faithfully recreating vintage Led Zeppelin shows in small Tokyo venues due to his intense quest. Sakurai moved to Los Angeles and joined the Led Zeppelin tribute band Led ZepAgain as a result of Page’s later blessing. Later, Sakurai joined the tribute performance directed by the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham’s son, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening.
Endorsed by Legends
As the story unfolds, Mr. Jimmy takes audiences on a riveting narrative journey that goes beyond Sakurai’s personal achievements. The documentary highlights his inclusion in a tribute performance orchestrated by Jason Bonham, the son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. This opportunity added another layer of authenticity and recognition to Sakurai’s tribute journey, creating a seamless link between generations of rock enthusiasts.
One of the most remarkable aspects of the Mr. Jimmy documentary is the endorsement it received from Led Zeppelin itself. This official approval granted the filmmakers access to a treasure trove of the band’s timeless repertoire. Audiences can anticipate hearing Sakurai’s renditions of classic Led Zeppelin tunes, each infused with his unique blend of technical prowess and heartfelt dedication.
According to a press release, the movie also features songs written by Mr. Page before Led Zeppelin with the Yardbirds’ “White Summer” and after Led Zeppelin with The Firm’s “Midnight Moonlight”; each is performed by Sakurai. A plethora of blues and rock songs by performers like Elvis Presley, John Lee Hooker, Otis Rush, and others surround the Page and Zeppelin tunes.