Jimmy Page remained pretty busy in the eighties. In addition to collaborating with the short-lived supergroup XYZ, he composed the soundtrack Death Wish II, the company Free and Bad Company launched vocalist Paul Rodgers, reunited with Led Zeppelin for a pair of high-profile one-offs, and guest play with everyone from Roy Harper to the Rolling Stones. Late in the decade, he also made time to record his debut solo album, Outrider, still the only non-soundtrack LP he has released on his own to date. (David Fricke is two-star Rolling stone review called the album "a whole lot of muddle.")
A few months after the album's release in June 1988, Side was led out on the road for an extensive US tour, followed by a handful of UK dates. In the mid-eighties with the company, the Zeppelin repertoire almost completely escaped, but this time he was in a more nostalgic mood. List lists Outrider tour – joining drummer Jason Bonham, bassist Durban Laverde and singer-keyboardist John Miles, all of whom appeared on the album – played as a survey of his career so far, including songs by the firm, Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin, as well for new originals. At the end of the show, he undoubtedly made many fans' nights when he performed an instrumental version of "Stair to Heaven", which he had debuted at A.R.M.S. advantage shows in 1983.
Here you can see a complete version of the tune from an Arizona show in & # 39; 88. Fans cheer and hoist lighters like Side fingerpicks song intro on the six-string part of his signature double neck guitar. He then switches to 12-string and begins to stroke the verse, with the rhythm section coming to him a few minutes later, reflecting the original event. When the bridge riff hits, Page full rock god and lifts his guitar vertically, smiling and milking the song's drama. His epic solo, backed by Bonham's double-drum drums on the climax, shows that he had not lost any of his signature flares in the eight years since the original Zeppelin final. In the song's final breakdown, he invites the audience to sing and draw the riffs with triumphant fist pumps.
"People want to see the show that I don't avoid Zeppelin," he said Los Angeles Times ahead of Outrider tour. "It's part of my legacy. I'm proud of it."
The site has said several times in recent years, including a 2015 RS interview, that a new solo album or tour is in the works, but so far it has not materialized either. After the 1988 race, he is rarely revised "Stairway" on stage. He and Plant performed an acoustic version on Japanese TV in 1994, and the reunited Zeppelin performed it at its massive O2 Arena concert in 2007.