Sunday, June 23, 2013

Jimmy Page and Steve Winwood: City Sirens

In 1983 the aristocracy of British rock held a concert to raise funds for Ronnie Lane and research into multiple sclerosis.

The ARMS concert saw all three Yardbirds guitarists - Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page - playing together - and also marked Steve Winwood's re-emergence into the spotlight.

Since Traffic had ceased touring almost 10 years before he had concentrated on session work and had recorded a couple of solo albums almost single-handed. Yet here he was, stealing the show, looking improbably youthful and ready to be a slightly unlikely star of the MTV era.

"City Sirens" was written by Page for Michael Winner's Death Wish II and sung in the film by Chris Farlowe.

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