Jimmy Page Jokes That He Should Tour Alone As Led Zeppelin
Jimmy Page, perhaps frustrated by Robert Plant's continued refusal to reunite, is suggesting that maybe he may not need his former frontman to revive the Led Zeppelin name.
Speaking at the Silver Clef Awards on Friday (July 4) in London, the guitarist noted the polls calling for Led Zeppelin to headline the U.K.'s massive Glastonbury Festival. "I agree with them, it's good music isn't it," he said, sarcastically adding. "Maybe I could just go out on my own then and call myself Led Zeppelin."
Page has seen a renewed interest in their old band after a trio of huge Page-curated reissues, but surprisingly, it's not entirely from their from their longtime fans who grew up with hearing their music when it first came out.
"I think the reason people want it is the fact Led Zeppelin's music has touched people all the way through and every year seems to bring new young musicians and a new audience," Page says. "I've just been out promoting the first three releases of Led Zeppelin's albums and it's young people that are there and young journalists -- it's not the old school. So, I know what it means to people and it's a really nice thing."
Back in April, Glastonbury head Michael Eavis predicted Led Zeppelin will get back together for his festival one day. Despite that, and a flurry of activity involving those reissues, Zeppelin's last show remains a Dec. 2007 concert at London's 02 Arena. Back then, Jason Bonham sat in for his father, the late John Bonham, on drums.
Calls to reunite began in earnest around the official release of the 02 Arena recordings in late 2012, an audio and film project dubbed 'Celebration Day.'