A prolific session musician in the 1960s, he played, arranged and recorded with artists including Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones, The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart and Cat Stevens. He was a founder member of Led Zeppelin. Following his unparalleled career with Led Zeppelin, he worked as a performer, arranger and producer for artists and groups including Diamanda Galas, REM, Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel and La Fura dels Baus. He released his debut solo album, “Zooma”, in 1999, followed by “The Thunderthief” (2001). Since 2004, projects have included John Cage’s “Music Circus” at the Barbican under the direction of Stephen Montague, touring with bluegrass trio Nickel Creek, and working as co-composer and performer for Merce Cunningham’s Nearly Ninety. In 2009 he co-founded the band Them Crooked Vultures, with Dave Grohl and Josh Homme, releasing a universally acclaimed album and touring the world to sold-out venues. In 2011 John appeared and performed in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera “Anna Nicole”, and is currently writing an opera based on Strindberg’s “The Ghost Sonata” as well as performing with his computer noise duo “Minibus Pimps”.
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