'We couldn't just play for 40 minutes' says Jimmy Page
Led Zeppelin have explained that they are planning to perform for two hours at their reunion show at London’s O2 Arena on December 10.
Guitarist Jimmy Page revealed that when the band were first contacted about playing a reunion show, they were asked to play for 40 minutes, but the band thought this was too short.
“When we were first asked to do this [reunion show], we were asked to play a 40-minute set. We soon realised we couldn’t,” he told Q magazine.
“If we go out and play ‘No Quarter’, ‘Moby Dick’ and ‘Dazed And Confused’ with all the solos, you’re already talking over an hour.”
He added: “We’ve gone from [planning to play for] 75 minutes to 90, to the best part of two hours.”
Page went on to explain that while Led Zeppelin will play for two hours, he doesn’t think he could handle playing for much longer than that.
“There’s no way I can take on playing three-and-a-half-hour sets now,” he said. “Flying against the wind and the storms, because I just don’t have that energy anymore. But I’ve still got enough in me to get through a two-hour set.”
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