Jimmy Page reveals some of his masterplan when he first put together Led Zeppelin in 1968, in part three of his recent interview with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell in Los Angeles.
“I knew at that time there was a big focus on guitar, so I wanted to make it a tour de force for the guitar,” explains Page. “So for my playing, it was going to be everything from acoustic throught to electric, there’s pedal steel on it – there’s everything – I’m throwing everything on it to get all these guitar textures. So it goes from really rude bottleneck through to very sensitive acoustic.
“It was going to be a guitar tour de force but not at the expense of the other members – this was they key to it. Everyone needed to be really heard.”
The guitarist joined Cornell for “An Evening With Jimmy Page” at the Ace Hotel Theater in November to discuss his photographic autobiography, “Jimmy Page By Jimmy Page”, and his own history as a musician.
In part 1, Page discussed his early years and musical upbringing with host Cornell in front of a live audience, and in part 2 he spoke about how he came to join The Yardbirds.
The event followed the re-release of Page’s book, which sold-out of its limited-edition run of 2,500 copies upon its initial release in 2010 on its way to becoming the fastest-selling book in Genesis Publications' 40-year history.
Page and Led Zeppelin continue their extensive reissues series on Febuary 23 (Feb. 24 in North America) with an expanded reissue of their 1975 release, “Physical Graffiti.”
The band recently premiered unreleased versions of the tracks “Houses Of The Holy” and “Trampled Under Foot” from the project.
On March 6, Page will release “Sound Tracks”, a box set featuring the guitarist’s work on films “Lucifer Rising” and “Death Wish II”, along with additional archive material for the first time.
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