Guitarist to play Led Zeppelin back-catalogue when he makes live return

Jimmy Page has stated that he will tour next year, having assembled a new live band that are “totally different” to Led Zeppelin.

The guitarist has been largely absent from the stage for the past few years, making his live return to perform with Paul Rodgers and Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan in November.

In February, Page said that he was getting “match fit” to perform again and that he was “warming up on the touchlines”. Now Page has confirmed to Classic Rock that he will tour in 2016.

“There will be all sorts of material from different eras,” Page recently said. “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.”

Page explained that the long wait has been due to his work reissuing the Led Zeppelin catalogue.

“It was a question of having time,” he continued. “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… 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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Last year, Page confirmed that he was starting a new group to play career-spanning tracks from his former band.

Speaking at the time, Page said: “If I was to play again it would be with musicians that would be… some of the names might be new to you. I haven’t put them together yet but I’m going to do that next year. If I went out to play, I would play material that spanned everything from my recording career right back to my very, very early days with The Yardbirds. There would certainly be some new material in there as well.”

Page also recently said that he “can’t foresee” a future Led Zeppelin reunion as the band members cannot agree on the right reasons to get back together.

“We tried it a few times,” Page said. “It always seemed to be done in a hurry and it never worked. That’s why the O2 show was done with such intent. We rehearsed loads so that Jason – John’s son – felt like he was part of the band and not just some novelty. We all needed it to be that way. But I can’t foresee doing it again, because we all have to agree and agree for the right reasons.”