John "Magnet" Ward, Jan. 16, 1975
John "Magnet" Ward, Feb. 13, 1975
Stage Crew (1972-77)
John "Magnet" Ward was an old friend of Robert's from the Midlands. He worked at Jennings Farm for a while and then started going out on the road with the band.
A notorious prankster and joker, the hugely popular Magnet was apparently named for his ability to attract women. He went on to work with Deep Purple, and was immortalised in their song "Highball Shooter" on the "Stormbringer " album in the lines "A Magnet brought you to me, told me your name was Jo, He said you liked my music and you really dug the show."
He was tour manager for Whitesnake for some of their earlier tours, the last one being the 1981 "Come And Get It" tour.
Robert brought him in to tour manage alongside Rex King on his first solo tours of the US, UK, Far East and Australia. After this he left the music business, and settled down with his wife and kids. He remains good friends with Robert and his family.
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|January 09, 1944 - James Patrick Page was born in Heston, Middlesex|
|January 03, 1946 - John Baldwin was born in Sidcup, Kent|
|January 02, 1946 - Led Zeppelin Tour Manager Richard Cole was born in Kensal Rise, London, England|
|January 05, 1967 - Jimmy Page begins recording Little Games with The Yardbirds at De Lane Lea Studios in London.|
|January 17, 1969 - Led Zeppelin released in the US|
|January xx, 1970 - Led Zeppelin now play without support acts in order to perform longer sets|
|January 09, 1970 - Royal Albert Hall gig filmed and recorded for documentary that is eventually scraped. (But was recalled for 2003’s DVD)|
|January xx, 1971 - Recording continues at Headley Grange|
|January xx, 1972 - Page has a studio built into his home|
|January 02, 1973 - Plant’s car breaks down and Bonham and he barely make the Sheffield City Hall gig|
|January 22, 1973 - Led Zeppelin record a live gig at Southampton University|
|January xx, 1974 - Recording Physical Graffiti at Headley Grange|
|January xx, 1974 - The band resigns with Atlantic and forms their own label|
|January 03, 1975 - Jimmy breaks a finger at Victoria Station just a week before the European warm up shows|
|January 17, 1975 - The band rehearses in Minneapolis for the upcoming US tour. Bootleg "Johnny Kidd And The Pirates" evolves out of this rehearsal|
|January xx, 1976 - Jimmy contemplates the release of The Song Remains The Same film but, continues work on the soundtrack|
|January 01, 1976 - In Paris, Robert takes his first unaided steps since his car accident|
|January xx, 1977 - Rehearsals for US tour take place at Manticore Studios in Fulham|
|January 24, 1977 - Bonham and Plant watch The Damned perform at the Roxy in London|
|January xx, 1978 - Media still claims Led Zeppelin have broke up|
|January 21, 1979 - Robert Plant is now proud father to son Logan Romero|
|January xx, 1980 - Zeppelin donate Candy Store Rock to a benefit album to benefit children|
|January 31, 1995 - Jimmy Page escaped being knifed when a fan rushed the stage at a Page and Plant gig at Auburn Hills, Michigan. The fan was stopped by two security guards, who he knifed instead. After his arrest, he told police that he wanted to kill Jimmy Page because of the Satanic music he was playing. |