Led Zeppelin Rocker Jimmy Page Announces ‘Very Dear Friend’ Passed Away

by Chris Haney
(Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

On Thursday morning, iconic Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page paid tribute to a dear friend of his who passed away recently.

The famous guitarist shared a touching Instagram post dedicated to his friend Pete Makowski. Although it’s not certain from Jimmy Page’s post why Makowski passed or how he died at 65 years old. Makowski has been part of the music industry for decades, and worked in various roles throughout.

Pete Makowski joined the staff of Sounds at just 16 years old as an office boy. Yet two years later in 1972, the publication promoted him to a full-time journalist. At only 18 years old, Makowski began a long rock journalism career. He’s well-known for writing about the likes of Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rush, and many more. Further acts he interviewed include Blondie, Stevie Winwood, Iggy Pop, and The Sex Pistols. Later on, he became the press officer for multiple artists like the New York Dolls, Ted Nugent, Black Sabbath, and Motörhead.

“My very dear friend Pete Makowski passed away yesterday,” Jimmy Page wrote along with a pic of the two friends.

“We have known each other for years and he helped me in the early stages of research for my first website in 2010, where some of the material we sourced became the foundation for the popular On This Day series of posts. I have gratefully received such enthusiasm from you all over the years. Pete should also be praised for his enormous, upbeat and positive contribution to musical journalism,” Page added.

“I will miss Pete,” he concluded in his Instagram post.

Jimmy Page Shares Why Band Refused To Make ‘Miserable’ Documentaries

Last we heard from Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, he discussed his legendary band’s upcoming documentary. Back in September, Becoming Led Zeppelin premiered at the Venice Film Festival. The band’s legion of fans know well that Led Zeppelin has never had an official project that documented the group’s history on film. While speaking at a press conference for Becoming Led Zeppelin, Page revealed why that is.

Jimmy Page explained why one of the most famous rock bands ever refused to take part in a documentary. Of course, numerous people approached them over the years to make one, but they always rejected the notion. Page called the previous projects and their offers to the band “pretty miserable.” Therefore the band wanted nothing to do with the documentaries.

“They’d want to be concentrating on anything but the music. And consequently, I would recoil immediately from that sort of thing,” Jimmy Page said at the press conference.

Yet that’s the major difference in Becoming Led Zeppelin, and why the remaining members agreed to the film. The documentary’s focal point revolves around the music.

“It’s everything about the music and what would make the music tick,” Page said.

The guitarist also noted that the doc contains full versions of their songs instead of snippets followed by “talking heads” discussing them as Page put it. In comparison to other rock documentaries, Page called the project “something in a totally different genre.”