Discussing Led Zeppelin.
Smith: I was just walking in here, and I saw a picture of Jimmy. There are a lot of rock pictures at [directly into the recorder] the Sunset Marquis, where we're at… I know that he's maybe your biggest influence on the guitar.
Lifeson: Yeah, for sure.
Smith: He's like Jimi Hendrix. They never take a bad picture. They always look so fucking cool!
Lifeson: [Laughs] Yeah.
Smith: And Jimmy's clothing… like, some guys can look a little dated maybe. You can tell, "Oh, that's from that era." He always was very… whether it's the dragon thing, he just always looked really cool. I mean, Hendrix, to me, is maybe the coolest-looking – not only probably the most amazing musician, but he looked great. Page just always… I can see, if I was a guitar player…
Lifeson: That's the guy.
Smith: Jimi Hendrix, it goes without saying. But Jimmy Page… when you were a kid, was that… ?
Lifeson: I remember… Zeppelin, of course, were a huge influence. Seeing him then – and I knew who he was before that… The Yardbirds and the session work that he used to do…
Smith: Did you know about his session work prior to him being in Led Zeppelin?
Lifeson: Oh, yeah. When we were kids, we lived off music. Yeah, we read everything –
Smith: Which you can't do anymore. It sucks!
Lifeson: Yeah. It's completely different. I hate to sound like an old guy, but we kind of lived through the golden age of recording – just the whole industry and the way things worked. But Jimmy Page definitely had something about him. There was even that period – what was it, the Houses Of The Holy era? – where he had that really shabby look. He had a beard and a trench coat.
Smith: Yeah, yeah!
Lifeson: But he still looked really awesomely cool! [Laughs]
Smith: It was a little before that, I think. I think it was right before Zeppelin IV, right around that time. They were all workin' the beards. Plant had a little –
Lifeson: That's right. But they still looked very cool.