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John Paul Jones: 'Live with Zeppelin, I often had no idea what I was going to do'
Ståle Storløkken, Helge Sten, John Paul Jones, Arve Henriksen. Photo by Oscar Garcia Suarez

John Paul Jones has revealed that his latest project shares some live similarities with Led Zeppelin. In the new issue of Uncut, out Friday (August 24), the bassist explained that his work with Norwegian noisemakers Supersilent features improvisation in the same way his legendary group’s shows did in the late ’60s and ’70s.

“There were great unplanned improv sequences in Led Zep songs: ‘Dazed And Confused’, ‘Whole Lotta Love’,” Jones says. “Quite often I found myself on stage with absolutely no idea of what I was going to do, and that’s the fun of it.”

Unlike Zeppelin, though, his performances with Supersilent use complex electronic processing: “I love this style of playing – it can be extraordinarily delicate and beautiful, or it can sound like the end of the world.”

Supersilent Featuring John Paul Jones tour the UK in November.

The new issue of Uncut (October 2012, Take 185) is out on Friday, August 24.

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