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Rock icons sit together for a special public Q & A conversation

Rock stars and music fans of all ages were out and about on Broadway outside of The Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles on Nov. 12, as a special public Q & A conversation was set to get started inside The Ace Hotel Theater.

“An Evening with Jimmy Page in Conversation with Chris Cornell” was the exclusive event, as the two rock icons sat together for a public Q & A inside the theater for guests who purchased tickets to the event.

Tickets were sold through Ticketmaster and ranged between $100 to $150; however each ticket included a copy of “Jimmy Page”, the legendary guitarist’s new book that features a photographic history of his life through music.

Page is well known for being the guitarist and founding member of Led Zeppelin, as well as having played guitar/bass with The Yardbirds before Zeppelin (a band that featured other iconic musicians such as Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck).

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Cornell on the other hand, is well known for being the vocalist and guitarist of 90’s grunge band Soundgarden, as well as having played in the supergroups, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave.

The event began at 8:30 p.m., with a red carpet event occurring from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

As the public crowd began to arrive and take over the streets of Broadway, anticipation for the arrival of Page and Cornell grew tremendously among music lovers and photographers itching for money shots of the iconic rock stars.

The red carpet event unfolded quickly when Chris Cornell’s band members showed up for photographs and shared their thoughts on the event with media outlets such as Fox, Guitar World, and Rolling Stone.

People were astonished to find out special guests were arriving as Nick Simmons (son of KISS vocalist/bassist, Gene Simmons), and Zakk Wylde (former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and vocalist/guitarist for Black Label Society) showed up on the red carpet for photographs.

A black SUV van pulled up next as Page walked out of the back passenger door, giving way to cheers and applause’s from the crowd in the street.

The 70-year-old Page, with his long grey hair in a ponytail, walked the carpet and posed for photographs as the crowd heavily made noise for the famed guitarist and even yelled things out such as “When is Led Zeppelin going to tour again?,” to which Page responded, “Never.”

That was a simple, yet clever, answer from the guitarist who hasn’t toured with his former bandmates since 1979.

The same black SUV pulled up again 25 minutes later, this time carrying Cornell and his wife Vicky.

The Q & A between Cornell and Page began around 8:30 p.m. as two affiliates of Genesis Publications (publishers of “Jimmy Page”) introduced the two musicians.

The theater instantly went crazy as they cheered and clapped for both Page and Cornell.

Throughout the duration of the Q & A, Cornell brought up photos from “Jimmy Page” and asked Page about the background history of each one and its significance in Page’s life.

Photographs shown by Cornell from the book included; a photograph of Page with the late Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones, a photo of Page playing his famed double necked guitar (used for playing the twelve-string and the six-string guitar parts in “Stairway to Heaven”), and even a photo of Page receiving the Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II.

Each time Page or Cornell brought up a significant name or event, the crowd would roar with applause and cheers as the conversation between the two gave the audience much insight about the life of Page before, during, and after his time in Led Zeppelin.

A variety of events were addressed in the Q & A such as why Led Zeppelin did not decide to get back together after their 2007 reunion show in London, the death of drummer John Bonham, and memorable shows played by the band at venues worldwide.

Page ended the conversation with Cornell by talking about his future plans regarding playing music saying, “The most important part is to be seen to be playing,” giving fans a promise that he will soon be touring in the near future.

Live footage of Led Zeppelin performing “Black Dog” in 1973 via YouTube

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