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Jimmy Page has lost hope for a Led Zeppelin reunion and is considering plans to start a new project.
"I don't think it looks as though that's a possibility or on the cards, so there's not much more I can say about that,” Page told the NME during a playback of the forthcoming reissues of “Led Zeppelin IV” and “Houses Of The Holy” at Olympic Studios in London on Tuesday. “I'm not going to give a detail-by-detail account of what one person says or another person says. All I can say is it doesn't look likely, does it?"
When pressed further on whether the reunion hinged on singer Robert Plant, Page replied, "I've just said it doesn't look very likely."
In the past two years, Plant has flip-flopped over the reunion, initially saying he was available and, later, declaring he felt too much pressure to work under the Led Zeppelin banner.
During Tuesday’s playback session in London, Page shared his thoughts on forming a new project.
"If I was to play again it would be with musicians that would be… some of the names might be new to you,” said the guitarist. “I haven't put them together yet but I'm going to do that next year. If I went out to play, I would play material that spanned everything from my recording career right back to my very, very early days with The Yardbirds. There would certainly be some new material in there as well."
"I love playing live, I really do,” he added. “Live concerts are always an interesting challenge because it means you can always change things as you're playing every night. You can make it even more of an adventure. I would play all of the things I'm known to play – instrumental versions of 'Dazed And Confused' etcetera, etcetera…"
Led Zeppelin will release expanded versions of “Led Zeppelin IV” and “Houses Of The Holy” this fall as they contine their extensive reissues program.
Due October 28, both albums have been newly remastered by Page and are accompanied by a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album.
Led Zeppelin kicked off their reissue series in June with the release of expanded editions of the band’s first three albums – “Led Zeppelin I”, “Led Zeppelin II” and “Led Zeppelin III.”
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