A Led Zeppelin fan got himself a cool souvenir back in 1972.
A one of a kind souvenir. In fact, he got a piece of rock and roll history. A guy by the name of Jeff Curtis was at a Zeppelin show in New York when he offered to help the roadies load up the band’s equipment after the show. “On a whim, I asked if I might come down and help them pack up the equipment,” Curtis says. That’s when John Bonham’s roadie, Mick Hinton gave him the case.
“To my complete surprise, he says yes.” Hinton then threw the guitar case to him, and since it looked like he was working with the band, he was allowed backstage.
“After the few minutes it took to pack up the drums, he says to me, ‘You can have that.’ I was speechless, to say the least! ‘Where will the guitar go?’ He took me over and showed me Jimmy Page’s number one Les Paul guitar in its brand new anvil road case. The case I was given was being discarded that night since its back was crushed and no longer afforded protection to the guitar. Talk about being in the right place at the right time!”
Not knowing what to do with his new prize, he actually decided to keep it a secret. “I had kept this a deep secret over the past 47 years in fear that someone might either burglarize my house or, worse, threaten me in order to steal it,” he said. “For this reason, I had decided a couple of years ago that I no longer wanted the guitar case. Despite its certain significant monetary value to a collector, I had also decided that I wouldn’t ever sell it since making money off someone else’s fame is simply against my principals. I decided that I would find a way to personally return it to Jimmy Page. But how to accomplish this?”
It turns out the guitar that had been in that case, Page’s Les Paul, was part of an exhibition at New York’s Museum of Art, so Curtis reached out to the guys in charge. “About two weeks later, I got a call from a gentleman, Perry, who works with Jimmy,” Curtis says. “He asked to set up a meeting to personally examine the case and take several more detailed photos. About a month later, I received word that Jimmy wanted to meet me and have the case returned.”
As for page? “The look on his face was priceless. ‘What memories this brings back! Thank you so much!’”