August 2004 MOJO (129)

MOJO Awards ceremony- James Brown won the lifetime achievement and the Chili Peppers were also honoured with members of the band presenting/receiving awards during the event. The whole article hasn’t been scanned- just the relevant pages.

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BUGLES SOUNDED. LEGENDS CONGREGATED. AND THE MOJO HONOURS LIST WAS DECLARED OPEN.

WHERE ELSE could you see Lemmy and The Shadows share a stage, or hear Anthony Kiedis telling TV’s Jimmy Carr he was up for a part in The Office? It could only be the inaugural MOJO Honours List. Held on June 22 at the Banqueting House in London’s Whitehall — where King Charles I was beheaded in 1649 — it saw a unique convening of stars. James Brown, Jimmy Page, Roger Daltrey, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Shadows, Ray Davies, Arthur Lee, The Libertines, Television, Lemmy, Marianne Faithfull, Roger McGuinn, Mick Jones from The Clash, Sting, ska legend Dennis Alcapone, Morrissey and more came to honour and be honoured in 13 categories.

Naturally, it was a startling success. Sting came over all Zoolander, Noel Gallagher invited Morrissey to go shoplifting at Fresh And Wild, and when James Brown received the MOJO Lifetime Achievement Award, the standing ovation was sublime.

 

Anthony Kiedis accepts the MOJO Maverick Award on behalf of The Red Hot Chili Peppers…

“VERY UNUSUAL to be at an award show where I am actually in love with all of the music that is being celebrated. I want to thank you ‘ God for inventing music and I want to thank James Brown for inventing funk music, and it’s the greatest thing in the world to be playing these shows with you that we’re playing in Hyde Park. And I want to thank Chad and Flea and John because it’s been the most beautiful thing in my life, music has changed my world and writing music with these guys is the greatest thing that ever happened to me, I love them very much.” Anthony Kiedis

 

THE MOJO MAVERICK AWARD

Presented by MOJO in recognition of an artist or act who have wilfully disregarded the norm and forged a new sound and sensibility.

Presented by: MOJO Editor PHIL ALEXANDER

Winner: RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

Photo Caption: “Music has saved and protected me.” Flea tugs the heart strings as he acknowledges the Chilis’ MOJO Maverick Award.

 

John Frusciante presents the MOJO Maestro Award to Jimmy Page

“JIMMY PAGE’S playing in Led Zeppelin was the perfect rock guitar playing and he himself was the perfect rock guitar player. Jimmy Page was the first person that made me want to play guitar. Four years before I started I was taught the beginning of Stairway To Heaven and stopped learning because my teacher could not show me the solo. Of course, I got around to it eventually… and not only Led Zep stuff, but I also studied his wonderful playing in The Yardbirds and all the sessions he did in the ’60s. The way his music developed leading up to Led Zep was beautiful. It seems like he had an endless flood of good ideas and then when he found the right people to play with the flood gates just poured open. I don’t believe that a rock band could carry around more power than they did. When I was seven years old in 1977 somebody had somehow spray painted on the freeway overpass for all to see, ‘Led Zep Rules’. It was up there for a long while and then taken away, but I believe it will be true forever.” John Frusciante

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