Riff Rock Revival : John Paul Jones Takes Flight With Them Crooked Vultures

By Brian Fox ,

John Paul Jones has no need for further feathers in his cap. The bassist, keyboardist,and general rock & roll badass anchored Led Zeppelin—arguably the most influentialhard rock outfit in history—and has gone on to collaborate in too many cool projectsto mention (for a few, head to bassplayer.com). When he took the stage at London’sO2 Arena in 2007 with Zeppelin bandmates Jimmy Page and Robert Plant (along withJason Bonham, son of late, great Zep drummer John Bonham), Jones sealed his reputationas a topnotch performer with deep soul, crisp tone, and killer chops.