An industry insider Mitch Weissman recently shared on Lefsetz Letter this tidbit of history on how the Coverdale/Page collaboration was put together:
I almost had [Jimmy Page] and Billy Squier unite for a record in the 80’s. Jimmy and I were chatting in NY’s China Club under the Beacon Theater in ’89. We had become friendly of late. While discussing his next move, I commented on how “Wasting My Time” from Outrider reminded me of “Everybody Wants You,” to which Jimmy said “That’s what I based it on. I love that song!”
So, I said “Let me call Billy.” We both lived in the area. We were very good friends and sometime collaborators. So I called him and said “Jimmy wants to talk to you.” So over he comes, they sit and talk, and I leave them alone. When I returned to the table an album project had been decided upon. And we all enjoyed the rest of the evening together.
So what happens? John Kalodner (Geffen) gets wind of the idea and promptly packages the 2 label mates together, resulting in a record that made Robert Plant bristle. Coverdale/Page, a really great “Led Zeppelin” album.
Can only wonder what the Squier/Page that might have been.
Thanks to Mitch Weissman for the permission to reproduce the story.