Led Zeppelin History – April 12

Today in 1970, while en route to Canada, Jimmy Page’s 1960 Gibson Les Paul custom “Black Beauty” was stolen. The guitar had been purchased in 1962 and was used throughout Jimmy’s session days. He had decided to take the guitar out for the 1970 Led Zeppelin tours; it can be seen on the Royal Albert Hall performance on the Led Zeppelin DVD. Photos exist of Jimmy rehearsing with the guitar backstage at the April 10 show in Miami. It was most likely played for the last time at the April 12 show in Minneapolis, since it never found its way to Canada that night. Jimmy took out an ad (below) in Rolling Stone magazine a few years afterwards (July 19, 1973), but with no luck. The guitar was eventually returned to Jimmy though, just last year, with the assistance of Facebook and a guitar collector.

“REWARD FOR RETURN OF BRITISH ROCK MUSICIAN’S LOST OR STOLEN BLACK GIB­SON GUITAR LES PAUL CUSTOM WITH BIGS­BY ARM NO. 06130 WITH EXTRA SWITCHES. MISSING IN U.S. FOR ABOUT ONE YEAR. NO QUESTIONS ASKED. CONTACT TED ROSEN­BLATT, 444 MADISON AVE, NY, NY 10022, (212) 752-1330.”

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