Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones and R.E.M. Perform “When the Levee Breaks” | VIDEO

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Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones joined forces with former R.E.M. members Peter Buck and Mike Mills this week to perform “When the Levee Breaks,” and you can see it in the video below.

The performance took place at Ice Station, a mini festival held in the Norwegian town of Vadsø. Though he is known primarily as a bassist, Jones is a multi-instrumentalist and for this performance foregoes his usual instrument to play a steel guitar.

The group is rounded out by drummer Linda Pitmon and guitarists Scott McCaughey and Steve Wynn, all of whom perform with Buck and Mills in the Baseball Project. 

This isn’t the first time Jones and the R.E.M. men have teamed up. Jones wrote the string arrangements for R.E.M.’s 1992 album, Automatic for the People. They’ve also performed on other occasions.

As Mills notes at the outset of the video, “This is where John gets his revenge on me for making him play ‘Rockville,’” referring to R.E.M.’s popular track “Don’t Go Back to Rockville,” from 1984’s Reckoning album.

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