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Guantanamo (Solvision).- British musician Jimmy Page, former guitarist for the legendary rock band Led Zeppelin, made a surprise visit of several days to Cuba.

Prensa Latina learned that the 67-year-old rocker left Cuba on Monday after a visit that included tours of historic sites, and purchases of souvenirs such as the famous photograph of Che Guevara taken by Alberto Korda and albums by local artists.

Page, who co-wrote the famous song Stairway to Heaven with singer Robert Plant, stayed at old Havana's Hotel Saratoga, which has housed other international figures of rock and roll.

Led Zeppelin has inspired many Cuban bands and has its own following on the island. After learning Page was visiting, a number of local musicians tried to meet him.

Musicians from the local band Tesis de Menta, a flagship of rock in Cuba, and well-known radio host and vocalist Juan Camacho, fulfilled their "dream" of meeting and talking with Page last Saturday.

After being mobbed in the hotel lobby, Page, dressed in shorts and a black T-shirt, talked for almost 20 minutes with the Cuban musicians about different aspects of his career.

He was interested in the work of the theatre Maxim Rock, headquarters of the Cuban Rock Agency, and the influence of Led Zeppelin on the local scene.

Tesis de Menta singer Beatrix Lopez told Prensa Latina that Page, "with a youthful spirit" and "very strong," talked about his friendship with the British guitarist Jeff Beck, who was part of the celebrated band The Yardbirds in the 1960s.

He passionately praised the work of the Belgian singer with Arab roots Natasha Atlas, considered a cult figure in the European underground scene.

Perdomo, leader of the band Tesis de Menta, added that the former Led Zeppelin guitarist, whose solo for Stairway to Heaven was selected the best in history by Rolling Stone magazine, expressed interest in Cuban rock and the different genres on the island.

Page founded Led Zeppelin in 1968 in 1968 with Plant - who incidentally visited Cuba some years ago - bassist John Paul Jones, and drummer the late John Bonham. The band, one of the most influential of all times, separated in 1980. Since then, members of the group have reunited only on special occasions.

Their last reunion was in 2007 in a London stadium, where they performed a concert in honor of the man who discovered Led Zeppelin and founded Atlantic Records, Turkish-born Ahmet Ertegun (1923-2006).

After that show, rumors circulated about their possible return to the stage, but for now, the band has not reunited. Members of the cult to Led Zeppelin all over the world, however, continue to wait hopefully for that possibility.

From: SOLVISION.CO.CU
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May xx, 1970 - The band works on new material at Bron-Y-Aur
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May xx, 1972 - Houses Of The Holy recording sessions on location at Stargroves and Olympic studios
May 27, 1972 - Warm-up gigs kick off in Holland for an upcoming American tour
May 04, 1973 - Led Zeppelin gross nearly $250,000 for their performance in Atlanta, GA
May 05, 1973 - 56,800 attend the second show of the 1973 US tour at Tampa. This sets a record for the largest attendance for a one-act performance, previously held by the Beatlesfor their Shea Stadium show in 1965
May 10, 1974 - Swan Song Records is officially launched
May 11, 1974 - Led Zeppelin attend an Elvis concert and are thrilled when Elvis announces that Led Zeppelin is in the building
May 10, 1975 - Showco ships their PA system and video screens for the Earls Court shows from Dallas to London
May 23, 1976 - Page and Plant join Bad Company onstage at the LA Forum
May 21, 1977 - The Houston Summit claims $500,000 in damages to their venue caused by rowdy fans
May xx, 1978 - The band reunite at Clearwater Castle to rehearse
May 22, 1979 - It is officially announce that Led Zeppelin will headline at the Knebworth Festival in August
May 15, 1980 - After many revisions the European tour dates are finalized and the band is scheduled to open in Germany
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