Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page plans solo album and live return

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page says he is planning on recording his first solo album in almost thirty years in 2016.

"Next year I'm just going to working on the guitar, it's time for me to go out there and do a solo album - my last solo album was 1988,” Page told BANG Showbiz at the recent Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Awards in London. “I haven't really milked the situation; it's time to do another one. I'm known for playing many styles of guitar, and I need to re-visit all the different styles I can play."

Page plans to start the project as an instrumental effort before considering adding other players, including a lead vocalist.

"I'm not thinking about singers, I'm thinking of an instrumental thing - I want to work with my strengths rather than my weaknesses,” he explains. “I want to work with myself, I want to get myself up and running and once I'm ready I'll think about whether I need someone to sing on the music."

The Led Zeppelin mastermind says he’ll follow-up the project with a return to the stage.

"I want to be playing live again, but that won't be until next year. I've planned all this a while ago,” says Page. “I want to start in the UK. I've got ideas but I want to wait to see what happens. I'd like to do Glastonbury. I could do a sort of karaoke night with Led Zeppelin songs."

Page and Led Zeppelin wrapped up a year-long reissues series of their complete studio album catalog in July with the release of expended versions of 1976’s “Presence”, 1979’s “In Through The Out Door” and 1982’s “Coda.”

Page performed the Zeppelin classic “Rock And Roll” with an all-star lineup of musicians in Seattle last week while on hand at the Experience Music Project to receive a Founder’s Award.

See also:

VIDEO: Jimmy Page performs Led Zeppelin classic in Seattle
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