The legendary guitarist Jimmy Page, famous for his work with Led Zeppelin and the amazing singer Paul Rodgers, famous for his work with Free and Bad Company got together in the 80s to form the supergroup The Firm.
The British supergroup was formed in 1984, featuring Paul Rodgers as the singer, Jimmy Page on guitar, Chris Slade on drums (that after would be AC/DC’s drummer) and bassist Tony Franklin that played on Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Uriah Heep and AC/DC.
Read what Paul Rodgers said about the band:
“Jimmy was at a bit of a loose end,” recalled Rodgers of the band’s formation. He’d come round and check out my home studio and we ended up writing songs, but without any definite plans. Jimmy was very keen to get on the road, so we put a band together… The first thing I knew was that he had to be writing songs again. I’d already seen one of my friends going down that road in Koss, and it wasn’t going to happen again.”
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At the time Page and Rodgers refused to play material by their former bands and instead opted for a selection of Firm songs plus tracks from their solo albums; however, at least one performance of “Midnight Moonlight” featured sections of White Summer and Kashmir, originally recorded by Page’s former bands The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin, respectively.
The new songs were heavily infused with a soulful and commercially accessible sound, courtesy of Franklin’s fretless bass guitar underpinning an understated song structure. Despite refusing to play old material, the last track from The Firm, “Midnight Moonlight”, was originally an unreleased Led Zeppelin song entitled “Swan Song”. This caused critics to believe that Page had begun to run out of ideas.
In subsequent interviews, Page indicated that the band was never meant to last more than two albums. After the band split, Page and Rodgers returned to solo work while Chris Slade joined AC/DC in 1989 and Franklin teamed up with guitarist John Sykes in Blue Murder.