Jimmy Page has spoken out during the vast led Zeppelin reissue campaign, addressing rumors that the band may one day re-form to play the Glastonbury festival, and what he said has Zeppelin fans raising their collective eyebrows.
“I haven’t heard about anything since the 2007 O2 gig, but you never know do you,” Page said, telling BBC Radio 6 Interviewer Shaun Keaveny. “You never know what’s going to happen tomorrow, do you?” As Gigwise reported, the statement from the Led Zeppelin guitarist and producer was prompted by comments made earlier in 2014 by Glastonbury festival founder Michael Eavis. “That will happen one day,” Eavis told Ireland AM, when questioned about the possibility of Led Zeppelin headlining the festival, saying he was “sure of it. They will do it.”
Though Page may sound slightly evasive, by Led Zeppelin standards, the remark is far more positive than fans are used to hearing. Page’s statement stands in contrast to Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, who opened up in an interview earlier this year about his reticence regarding a proposed Led Zeppelin tour, as The Inquisitr reported. Page, quoted at the same time, was more open about the prospect of making his own music, apart from the Led Zeppelin moniker.
Regardless of the future, the rumors come amid a busy time in the Led Zeppelin camp. The band’s first three albums, remastered by Page and presented with new, alternate and unheard material from Zeppelin’s heyday, are in stores today, and reviews are already coming back positively. Sheldon Pearce, writing for Consequence of Sound, pointed out how wrong critics were upon the release of the bands eponymous Led Zeppelin I. Though it is difficult for modern audiences to imagine, Zeppelin’s debut was notoriously panned when it first hit shelves. Now, Pearce says, it is easier to see Led Zeppelin I for what it is:
“Led Zeppelin I is a masterfully constructed debut LP that plays like the recordings of a savvy veteran band. It is Led Zeppelin’s ode to rock’s progressive metamorphosis. Its arrangements are often daring and sometimes semi-improvisational. Its orchestration delves adventurously through hard rock and heavy metal with bluesy undertones that often cause the chords to weep poignantly as if struck with malice. It’s both powerful and precise.”
Most certainly though, Zeppelin fans will be interested in what they haven’t heard yet from the band: the studio outtakes that accompany each release. An instrumental track from the Led Zeppelin II sessions, dubbed “La La,” premiered online this week, giving longtime Led Zeppelin fans their first taste of “new” music from the band in years.