The Untold “Tear Gas” Story Revealed By Jimmy Page Of Led Zeppelin
photo by Ross Halfin @jimmypage/Instagram
Jimmy Page has been on a roll lately with his Instagram posts. For the past few days, he’s been sharing lesser-known stories, revelations, and funny tales about himself, Led Zeppelin, and other iconic musicians he has interacted with. From performing with Foo Fighters to attending Les Paul’s 72nd birthday, it’s fun to see him share snippets of his life and career like this.
More recently, he posted a photo from 1995 when him and Robert Plant played in Milan. He wrote in the caption:
This was my second attempt to play Milan after having been tear-gassed on the first time with Led Zeppelin. During the morning of the show, there was a message from the festival site that it was waterlogged and they couldn’t get the trucks with our equipment in. However, the ever-resourceful road crew managed to perform the near impossible and the festival was to continue. When I arrived I saw Terence Trent D’Arby performing – he was happening, albeit rain soaked. We performed our set and had an interesting communion with the inclement weather. That evening Porl Thompson guested with his former bandmates The Cure as we skidded and slid away from the festival site.
If you can remember Led Zeppelin’s 1971 European Tour, there were 15,000 people in the audience. It was so chaotic and violent that the band was forced to leave the stage and abandon the concert. Several fans also suffered from injuries and even their equipment were either damaged or totally destroyed. Led Zeppelin had to use an access route to escape.