Monday, May 5, 2014

Jimmy Page to deliver commencement speech at Berklee College Of Music

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page will deliver this year's commencement speech at Berklee College of Music in Boston this Saturday, May 10.

The Boston Globe reports Page, who turned 70 in January, will address the school’s 880 graduates — and nearly 6,000 guests — at the Agganis Arena.

Page will receive an honorary Doctor Of Music degree from the prestigious msuci institution; he’ll be honored alongside Geri Allen, Valerie Simpson and Thara Memory.

This year's honorary doctorate recipients are being recognized for their achievements and influences in music, and for their enduring contributions to American and international culture.

Past recipients include Duke Ellington (the first, in 1971), Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson, Steven Tyler, Loretta Lynn, David Bowie, Juan Luis Guerra, Paco de Lucia, Carole King, Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss and George Clinton.

On commencement eve, as is Berklee's tradition, students will pay tribute to the honorees by performing music associated with their careers at the Agganis; the concert and ceremony are not open to the public.

On June 2 (June 3 in North America), Page and Led Zeppelin will reissue their first three albums, each with a companion disc of bonus material

Deluxe editions of "Led Zeppelin", "Led Zeppelin II" and "Led Zeppelin III" are the first projects announced as part of an extensive reissue program that will see all nine of the band’s studio albums reissued in chronological order, each remastered by Page.

Check out details on the reissues here.

See also:

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