According to The Pulse Of Radio, Jimmy Page paid tribute to old friend Ronnie Lane by posting a message on his official web site, JimmyPage.com, commemorating the November 28, 1983 benefit concert for the late FACES co-founder. Page was among the first musicians to sign on to the first ARMS concert at London's Royal Albert Hall to benefit multiple sclerosis research. Ronnie Lane died of the disease in 1997 at age 51.
Page posted: "After the original ARMS show at the Royal Albert Hall, there was great interest from the artists involved when it was suggested that we do a short American tour. Everybody came over with the exception of Steve Winwood, whose slot was taken by Joe Cocker . . . It was great to see Ronnie Lane again and there was a spirit of goodwill and camaraderie between the artists that endured throughout the tour."
Among the other rock legends who performed at the ARMS shows were THE ROLLING STONES' Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts, John Paul Jones, FACES and THE WHO drummer Kenney Jones, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, among others.
Page's good friend and THE FIRM co-founder Paul Rodgers recalled to The Pulse Of Radio how he and Page first came to write together prior to their live team-up at the 1983 ARMS shows to benefit multiple sclerosis research. "When Jimmy had come 'round to my studio, I had actually left BAD COMPANY, I was working on a solo album at home," he said. "And I just love the guy. And he brought some things some music along and said, 'Y'know, can you write some lyrics to this?' And I was totally flattered, y'know? And the first thing we wrote was 'Midnight Moonlight Lady', and we started just writing. And we got a call from the ARMS people saying, 'We're putting this show together and we hear you guys are in the studio, would you like to come out and play?' And we said, 'Well, we've got, like, 15 minutes of music, or 20 minutes of music,' and they said, 'Oh! That's fine. That's all we need."
Video footage of Jimmy Page with Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton performing "Stairway To Heaven" at the 1983 ARMS shows can be seen below.