Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood Florida Memorabilia
John Paul Jones
Wal Fretless Bass
When people think Led Zeppelin, bassist, keyboardist, arranger John Paul Jones is almost always the last band member discussed. Why is that? The guy is an absolutely brilliant musician and his contribution to Zeppelin is every bit as important as Page, Plant or Bonham's. His Motown-inspired basslines gave Led Zeppelin a unique groove that put them far beyond the typical heavy rock band and his keyboard playing was absolutely crucial to the group. Also, he rocked a perfect "Prince Valiant" hairdo in The Song Remains the Same. You've got to love that. As a producer and arranger in his post-Zeppelin years, JPJ has worked with some truly cutting-edge artists like the Butthole Surfers, Raging Slab and Diamanda Galas. This badass fretless Wal bass was part of Jonesey's arsenal in the '80s.
If you haven't seen Tawny Kitaen's star turn on the hood of a Jaguar in Whitesnake's video for "Here I Go Again" from the Slip of the Tongue album, you either don't pay attention to rock music to all, or you live in a monastery in the Himalayas. The clip has become an iconic symbol of '80s rock. It also catapulted Whitesnake to the top of the charts. You've got to wonder how much money Tawny was paid for making the guys superstars. When they hit the road in support of Slip of the Tongue, they were an arena-filling juggernaut. Bassist Rudy Sarzo used this flashy Washburn bass on the tour and later donated it to us.