Could Celebration Day restart Page’s career?
Promises promises: JImmy Page
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has vowed to record an album and tour next year.
It’s not the first time he’s said he’s working on a new musical project – but he’s hinted that seeing himself perform in the band’s Celebration Day movie has re-energised him to deliver on his previous promises.
Page tells BBC6 Music: “I’m starting to work next year, to be seen to be playing live. I’ll definitely be doing an album at that point in time.
“I want to be playing – I want to be out there playing. That’s what you’ll understand from seeing this.”
After Led Zep’s reunion show in 2007 to celebrate the life of Atlantic Records boss Ahmet Ertegun, the band considering continuing with John Bonham’s son Jason – even after singer Robert Plant ruled himself out of the project and returned to his solo career.
When the concept fizzled out due to their inability to find a suitable frontman, Bonham went on to join Black Country Communion. Bassist John Paul Jones formed Them Crooked Vultures with Dave Grohl and Josh Homme.
Page appeared in 2009 music movie It Might Get Loud alongside fellow guitarists Jack White and the Edge. During filming he presented two compositions he called Embryo 1 and Embryo 2 – his first new pieces to be heard since 1999.
Later that year he said: “There’s a lot of groundwork that’s been going into that so I can be getting on with things next year. If you’ve got ambitious projects they take time to put together if you’re going to do them properly.
“I really intend to be doing some playing, and be seen, if you like. I have every intention of playing music live – manifesting it.”