Jimmy Page is sharing details of how he formed Led Zeppelin following the end of his time in the Yardbirds.
“I sort of knew what way I wanted this group [Led Zeppelin] to go,” Page tells Absolute Radio. “Having played with the Yardbirds in America … there had been a real following for what we were doing in the Yardbirds. So when they folded, I thought we’ll ‘I’ve just got to continue.’ I know what the climate is – the radio situation is over there – I know we don’t want to do singles, so that’s been the first thing that I’d say. I knew I was going to produce the group, because that’s what I wanted to do.”
Page’s chat with Absolute Radio is one of many media interviews he’s been doing as he continues to promote the new Led Zeppelin reissue series, which launched earlier this onth with the release of expanded editions of the band’s first three albums – “Led Zeppelin I”, “Led Zeppelin II” and “Led Zeppelin III” – each with a companion disc of bonus material.
Deluxe editions of the group’s first three albums are the first 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.
Next month, Page will be honored at the 02 Silver Clef Awards in London.
The July 4 event at the London Hilton will see music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins present Page with the 02 Silver Clef Award for his outstanding contribution to UK music.
Other artists set to be honored at the 02 Silver Clef Awards include Black Sabbath, Sir Tom Jones, Giorgio Moroder and Pharrell Williams.
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