“It Might Get Loud” recounts the personal stories of three generations of electric guitar virtuosos — The Edge (U2), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), and Jack White (The White Stripes). It reveals how each developed his unique sound and style of playing guitar, including favorite instruments. The film showcases intimate moments and new music from each artist, rare moments details of musical rebellion, travelling with each one to influential locations, and thought provoking discussion on how and why each musician writes and plays the guitar.
The documentary revolves around a day when Jimmy Page, Jack White, and The Edge first met and sat down together to share their stories, teach and play.
This video featuring Jimmy Page, Jack White and The Edge jamming to the Led Zeppelin classic “In My Time of Dying” is excerpted from the documentary “It Might Get Loud” and is only one clip featuring the amazing collaboration:
Another excerpt is with Jimmy casually playing through another classic “Ramble On” and reflecting on the song, the sound, and playing the guitar:
The Edge gets Jimmy to talk about the creation of “Kashmir” and then all three attempt to join in:
In My Time of Dying
Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time of Dying” was released on their sixth album Physical Graffiti. Jimmy Page’s guitar tuning for this song is an open A chord (E / A / E / A / C# / E from bottom to top), and (with “When the Levee Breaks” and “Travelling Riverside Blues”) is one of the most recognizable instances of Page’s slide playing on a Led Zeppelin recording. John Paul Jones played a fretless bass.
In the May 2008 issue of Uncut Magazine, Page elaborated on the humorous reaction in the studio which can be heard at the end of the song:
We were just having such a wonderful time. Look, we had a framework for “In My Time of Dying”, Ok, but then it just takes off and we’re just doing what Led Zeppelin do. We’re jamming. We’re having a ball. We. Are. Playing.
Earls Court on 24 May 1975
And for you hardcore Zepp Heads that want nothing but the original superstar group, “In My Time of Dying” was played during Led Zeppelin’s 1975 and 1977 concert tours, where Robert Plant sarcastically dedicated the song to the British Labour Party’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, Denis Healey, for the tax exile issues the band was facing. When played live, the band tuned the song down by a tone.
Although performed in 1977, Plant initially was not keen on singing the song after suffering a near-fatal car crash in 1975, due to its fatalistic lyrical theme. This was one of the few live songs where Page switched to his black and white Danelectro guitar, which he also used for “White Summer” and “Kashmir”. One live version of “In My Time of Dying”, from Led Zeppelin’s performance at Earls Court on 24 May 1975.