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Jimmy Sakurai & EX Theater Roppongi dedicate the show  [ Jimmy Sakurai Plays ZEP ] on October 4th 2020 to in memory of Frankie Banali

Jimmy Sakurai's special project named [Jimmy Sakurai Plays ZEP] which is assembled with Japanese musicians to perform Led Zeppelin music in has a show at EX Theater Roppongi where the annual event of MRJIMMY Led Zeppelin Revival Show has been held.
The band and venue decided to have this show as a commemorative occasion to Frankie Banali who has passed on August 20th. Frankie had sat on the drums at the shows [Listen To This Eddie 1977] in 2018 and [Back To Knebworth 1979] in 2019.
The team of EX Theater has always enthusiastically dedicated to realize the concept of MR. JIMMY Led Zeppelin Revival, however the last show in 2019 was particularly memorable which was held under the tough condition of Frankie's fight to stage 4 cancer. Frankie accomplished his part through 3 and a half hours show outstandingly, and gave everyone encouragement and impression.
Frankie had kept his wishes to go to Japan again this year and play with Jimmy Sakurai at EX Theater, no matter how bad he got towards the end and Frankie and his wife Mrs. Regina Banali kept hoping he would have another upswing. He was hoping until the last day it would happen.
For in Memory of Frankie Banali following his wishes, the band, team and audience will have prayer time in the show and set a donation box for the flower gift to Frankie's family as a sincere tribute to them from their friends in Japan.
...September 2020

The Movie "Mr. Jimmy" to be featured at Richmond International Film Festival

The documentary movie of Jimmy Sakurai [Mr. Jimmy] directed by  Peter Michael Dowd honored to be featured at  Richmond International Film Festival 2020.

On September 12th, the movie will be played on the big screen. And streaming (for Greater Richmond, Virginia area only) in their virtual cinema at home. Please follow [Mr. Jimmy Movie] Facebook for more information.

...August 2020

UPDATE...

Honored to announce that the movie "Mr. Jimmy"  won Best Documentary at the

Richmond International Film Festival.

Congratulations the director Peter Michael Dowd and the team!

...September 2020

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Frankie Banali shares his memory of seeing Led Zeppelin in 1969, a clip from the movie "Mr. Jimmy"

From an out takes of the movie [Mr. Jimmy], Frankie Banali shares his memory of his first encounter with Led Zeppelin at his age 17. It happened at Thee Image Club in Miami, February 14, 1969, on Led Zeppelin's first US tour. As he says it had changed his life, and we know the bond with Jimmy Sakurai to play Led Zeppelin music in later decades has started at that moment...

...August 2020

MR. JIMMY Led Zeppelin Revival's drummer Frankie Banali passed on August 20th, 2020

Frankie Banali passed on August 20th, 2020 at age 68 after brave fight to pancreas cancer. He is well known as the drummer of worldwide multi-platinum album heavy metal band Quiet Riot in '80s, but also faithfully influenced by John Bonham so that led to Jimmy Sakurai since 2010, then he had spent the last 3 years fo his life as the main drummer of MR. JIMMY Led Zeppelin Revival loving to play his favorite, Led Zeppelin music played with Jimmy Sakurai. He announced his tough condition as a stage 4 cancer patient, however he came to Japan and played 3hours special revival show of Led Zeppelin's Knebworth 1979 that was held at EX Theater Roppongi on December 20th, 2019.
He was also known as a cultural person having a  sincere knowledge to Japanese culture and history such as tea ceremony and Katana.
The tight bond of Jimmy and Frankie with respect and love to music created the magic of the chemistry with passion on the stage. The brotherhood of those 2 men will last to the end of the Stair way To Heaven. Rest In Peace, Frankie Banali. You are eternally loved, and we swear to you to fight for the real live music alive. May God bless his family and all beloved.

....August 2020

Jimmy Sakurai joined Live Streaming of Stairway To Zeppelin by video from Japan

Jimmy Sakurai was invited to the live streaming event "Stairway To Zeppelin", a special session hosted by Keith St. John & Monsters Of Rock Cruise. You can see Jimmy Sakurai joining on the stage from Japan by video filmed by Kikuchi Film Works.

...July 2020

We LIVE! [ Jimmy Sakurai Plays ZEP ] performs at CROCODILE Club in Tokyo, Japan on August 15th, 2020

LIVE Music never die in any tough situation.
In place of the performance of MRJIMMY LZR in Japan that was planned in 2020, which was canceled due to strict regulations that could not cross borders caused by COVID19,
Jimmy Sakurai decided to perform LIVE with a special band [Jimmy Sakurai Plays ZEP] to be consisted with the members inside of Japan.
The event will be executed implementing the best preventive measures according to Japanese standards. The number of spectators will be reduced to capacity that is for all spectators will be seated in chairs arranged so that they can keep a distance from each other, and no standing spectators will enter. In addition, non-contact body temperature measurement will be performed at the entrance to thoroughly disinfect.
In this way, we will take as much preventive measures as possible to complete our mission of reviving the live power that can directly deliver the sound emitted from the amplifier to the audience.

We LIVE!

...July 2020

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MR. JIMMY Led Zeppelin Revival Special Session [ WANTON SONG ] on FaceBook

MR.JIMMY -Led Zeppelin Revival with guest super 4 sticks Frankie Banali, performing [WantonSong ] which was recorded in 4 separate locations / Film editing and sound by KIKUCHI FILM WORKS

Due to a technical issue with Youtube, the platform for watch party of [Wanton Song] has been switched to Facebook / MR. JIMMY Official Fan Page

https://www.facebook.com/groups/196091877492326

and on MR.JIMMY-JimmySakurai official Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/jimmysakuraiofficial

...(Updated on July 3rd)

Promotion video of Jimmy Page's "The Anthology" Japanese edition presented by Jimmy Sakurai

Jimmy Sakurai had a shooting of the footage for promoting "The Anthology" Japanese version. Now ready to watch on Shinko- Music / MUSIC LIFE WEB.  Enjoy a brief look of the super photo book of Mr. Jimmy Page's legendary items.

...June 2020

Part 1

https://youtu.be/MLUsHvMDj4w

Part2

https://youtu.be/_1oVaqswrCg

Part3

https://youtu.be/nNvuG-Ucd

PFoZ / Led Zeppelin Cover " Carouselambra " featuring  Jimmy Sakurai

Music won't stop even under the situation of a pandemic has been blocking all live performance! Jimmy Sakurai performed for an online session playing rare cover of Led Zeppelin "Carouselambra" with the musicians of Peoples Front Of Zeppelin, Now it is available on Youtube.

...June 2020

All shows in the States, Canada announced after April 2020 are postponed or canceled due to COVID19. Please stay tune this website for the update.
...April 2020
JBLZE 2020 Ten Years Gone Tour annouced

Time to JBLZE your summer ! Amazing 10 years for Jason’s JBLZE , so honor to now be part of this legend. Let’s Celebrate.

The first show of JBLZE in 2020 is on April 29th at , WaNee Festival in Florida. Ticket & details at JBLZE Official website.

...March 2020

MR. JINMY East Coast Tour 2020 [Spinning Back To 1972 ]

MR. JIMMY Led Zeppelin Revival on East Coast! [Spinning Back To 1972] Check SCHEDULE page for detail & ticket information.

MR. JIMMY Led Zeppelin Revival had a wonderful talking with Great DJ at wrct.org 88.3 FM Pittsburgh, Mr. Eric Jackson Lurie! Thank you for inviting us, and see you tonight at Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh.

...March 2020

The film [Mr. Jimmy] has kept on being featured at worldwide film festivals in 2020

Since its world premier at SXSW in March 2019, the movie [Mr. Jimmy] directed by Peter Michael Dowd still has kept on being featured at worldwide film festivals, and honored several prizes and beautiful reviews. Stay tuned on Mr. Jimmy Movie  Facebook for update.

...January 2020

Review
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MR. JIMMY Led Zeppelin Revival Show in Japan [ Back To  Knebworth 1979 ] December 20th, 2019  Now on Youtube

After 40 years from 1979, the legendary outdoor rock concert of Led Zeppelin which attracted hundreds of thousands of audience in the suburbs of London, was revived by MR. JIMMY Led Zeppelin Revival at EX Theater Roppongi in Tokyo on December 20th, 2019. The stage sets, instruments, costumes, and playing styles all set reviving KNEBWORTH 1979 to take the audience on a time trip to that stage in 1979.
The full house audience celebrated this world's only revival show created by the collaboration of the band MR. JIMMY Led Zeppelin Revival and production team of EX Theater Roppongi with a grand standing ovation. The grand applause was dedicated to Mr.Frankie Banali who played outstanding drumming for over three hours including a incredible drum solo under the condition of fighting to pancreas cancer. It was a special night thoroughgoing filled with the positive energy created by the audience, musicians and stage creators united.

...January 2020

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