Midnight Moonlight

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  • The Firm were a supergroup comprising vocalist Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company), guitarist Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), drummer Chris Slade (Uriah Heep, Manfred Mann's Earth Band), and bassist Tony Franklin (later of Whitesnake and Quiet Riot). The band started when Rodgers and Page casually started recording together. This was the first song they wrote as a pair.
  • Rodgers told the story of the song to Uncut magazine: "One day he (Page) bought round a cassette and said, 'Would you like to write some lyrics to this?' It was 19 minutes long, it was absolutely fantastic! I said, 'I don't know that I can, can we shorten it?' So we got it down to nine minutes, and he was happy with the results. I said to him, 'It's funny, the chorus seems to have an extra bar in it.' And he goes, 'Well, it does. It's in 9/4.' That's the kind of thing he threw in with Led Zeppelin."
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