Rock Photographer Ross Halfin Told an Incredible Story About Jimmy Page, Slash and Joe Perry Meeting James Brown



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The concept of the “rock and roll star” is one that exudes thoughts of larger-than-life existence, mythical creatures who strap on a guitar and do things that make them seem like gods — but the reality is, they’re just as human as the rest of us, and sometimes even their fellow icons don’t know them from Adam (as the saying goes). Acclaimed rock photographer Ross Halfin shared a photo and a story on Instagram on Wednesday that drives this home quite well — a story involving James Brown, Slash, Jimmy Page and Joe Perry.

Now, that’s a formidable quartet of music icons, for sure. Brown, being the inimitable Godfather of Soul, is a hero to many, his music and presence an irreplaceable part of history. The same can be said for Page, Slash and Perry, given their work with Led Zeppelin, Guns N’ Roses and Aerosmith, respectively, but back in 2004 they were just a group of wide-eyed James Brown fans meeting their hero … who had no clue who they were.

Halfin’s photo and the story below:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B_R2edWnAD3/

This calls to mind Dave Grohl‘s recent post on his new Instagram account detailing anxiously waiting for a phone call from Prince about a jam session idea the Purple One had floated to the Foo Fighters band leader a while back.

Grohl is a rock icon, but here he was, relegated to just being a super-fan of Prince as he awaited a phone call that may or may not come. Grohl retold the story in the build-up for the GRAMMY Salute to Prince that aired on CBS on Tuesday night:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmrzGzb9FJU

Rock stars, They’re just like us, sometimes!


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