Page was awarded Rock'N'Roll Soul Award at the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas
Jimmy Page has praised Royal Blood‘s “enveloping” music and said they sound like “lava coming from a volcano”.
The Led Zeppelin guitarist was presented with the Rock’N’Roll Soul Award at the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas by the band. “Well, well, well… Thank you to Royal Blood. They said it’s an honour to be giving this award but it’s an honour for me,” Page said during his acceptance speech. “I trust so much in Royal Blood. As far as whatever I’ve managed to do in music, I’ve learned from records and my heroes. I’m only just passing on the baton. I got the music and passed it on.”
In an interview with NME, Page added afterwards: “It’s an irony that they’ve given me the award. When you experience their music, it’s like Lava coming from a volcano. It envelops you.”
Page also spoke about his path towards rock’n’roll, which he said he heard as a kid. “I wasn’t even a teenager, and the energy of it seduced me. I just wanted to become part of it.”
Royal Blood won Best New Band supported by Replay at the NME Awards. The Brighton duo were presented with the award by The Cribs. Picking up the award, drummer Ben Thatcher joked: “The things you could do with this award. No seriously this last year has been amazing. Thank you so much for this it’s a real honour.”
Royal Blood opened the ceremony at London’s O2 Academy Brixton with a live performance of ‘Figure It Out’ from their self-titled debut.