Led Zeppelin scoop: Jimmy Page planning solo tour for 2013
Tired of waiting around for Robert Plant to rejoin Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page has decided that enough’s enough and he’s heading out on tour next year – solo style.
The legendary Zeppelin riffmeister – who’s currently promoting the DVD release of the band’s Celebration Day set – has told Guitar World that he had wanted to be touring again this time next year. However, the launch and promo of their 2007 London reunion concert seem to have derailed Page’s plans, leaving him to plot a return to the live circuit in 2013. Not that we’re complaining – with the Rolling Stones wrapping up a massive tour in New York this weekend, demand to see the veteran rocker live should be massive. Here’s what Page had to say about his future plans…
This time last year I intended to be actually playing by now in a live outfit. So that will have to be postponed now into sort of next year, tail end of next year. But I definitely want to be doing that.
During the interview, Page also talked about the Led Zeppelin reunion that almost was. He pretty much confirms the rumours that he, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham were planning to soldier on without original Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant. Fans will remember that Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy was widely rumoured to be in the frame – although interestingly Kennedy is currently on tour with another iconic axeman: Slash.
Jason, myself and John Paul Jones felt it was the right thing to do to go in and start playing new material and see how we were getting on. There was talk about bringing in some other singers, but that would have changed the character of what we were doing, and done it rather suddenly.
There was a lot of…I won’t say pressure but a lot of hinting about ‘this singer and that singer.’ And for me, it was more about, ‘Let’s see what we can really do.’ But I don’t think we really got a chance to do that.
Robert Plant has always been cagey on the subject of Led Zeppelin rumours, famously hinting that he prefers making new music when he said he was “a creator, not a curator”. It sounds like Page’s plans to tour with Bonham and Jones fizzled out after they failed to find a frontman for the act. The big question being now: will Jimmy Page go out on his own again as he did in the late 80’s Outrider period, or will he draft in those familiar Zeppelin faces for nostalgia value?
Plant has certainly traded well in recent years. His Band Of Joy and his collaborations with Alison Krauss and T Bone Burnett have been amazing critical successes far removed from the hard rock of his Zeppelin days. I’d love to see Page make a return to music, and it’d be amazing to see him collaborate with some new musicians in the same way Plant has done to add a new dimension to his songwriting.
Anyone else up for a Jimmy Page tour next year? Drop me a comment!