Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Led Zeppelin mastermind Jimmy Page says his planned solo return to the stage in 2016 will present a mix of new music alongside classic tracks from his career.
“There will be all sorts of material from different eras,” Page tells Classic Rock magazine. “Right across the board – that’s the way I’m seeing it. But like I said, there will be surprises. It won’t be entirely what people might be expecting.
“The best way for me to think about it is pacing towards a really exciting show, where you’ve still got chance to improvise and come up with new things every night. And I think in that sense, people are going to say, ‘Yeah, okay, I get it.’”
Page will debut new music during the shows from an album he plans to record in the next year.
“The writing that I’ve been doing, I’m thinking of it in a totally different way,” he says. “And that has a charm of its own, and an excitement to it.”
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.”
The guitarist has been discussing plans for a solo project for several years, and is anxious to get the rock rolling.
“It was a question of having time,” explains Page. “And the only way to have time is to shut down and then do what you want to do. I’ve been doing so much Led Zeppelin stuff over quite a number of years now.
“I finished, more or less, all of the companion discs before the first three releases – "I", "II" and "III". But then there were all the booklets to do, and promo. So it’s not been so easy to think about anything else in the tail end of this year. But okay, next year – bang!”
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