Jimmy Page says he needs to get ‘match fit’ to play live again

The Led Zeppelin guitarist is 'warming up on the touchlines' for a return to the stage at the 'end of the year'

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has hinted that a live return is coming, stating that he’s getting “match fit” to perform again and that he’s currently “warming up on the touchlines”.

Page was hosting a listening playback for his remastered ‘companion disc’ to Led Zeppelin’s ‘Physical Graffiti’ at Olympic Studios in London today (February 3) when he fielded questions on upcoming tour plans.

“How it starts off is that you have to play guitar and get match fit, so currently I’m sort of in the process of doing that but I’m also in process of doing this [reissue series] too,” the guitarist said.

“[Live shows] would more or less be closer to the end of the year rather than next month. But you know, I’m definitely warming up on the touchlines, let’s put it that way.”

His latest comments follow news in September of plans Page has of 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.”

Jimmy Page also stated today that he’s “not holding anything back” when clearing the vaults for the current reissue series, adding that he still has “a few surprises to come”.

The playback saw a selection of remastered rarities from the 40th anniversary reissue aired in a theatre against a backdrop of tour posters and other Led Zeppelin memorabilia.

The re-release, out February 23, follows similar reissues last year of the band’s first three albums, as well as ‘Led Zeppelin IV’ and ‘Houses Of The Holy’.

The ‘Physical Graffiti’ reissue tracklisting is as follows:

Disc One
‘Custard Pie’
‘The Rover’
‘In My Time Of Dying’
‘Houses Of The Holy’
‘Trampled Under Foot’

Disc Two
‘In The Light’
‘Down By The Seaside’
‘Ten Years Gone’
‘Night Flight’
‘The Wanton Song’
‘Boogie With Stu’
‘Black Country Woman’
‘Sick Again’

Companion Audio Disc
‘Brandy & Coke’ (Trampled Under Foot – Initial Rough Mix)
‘Sick Again’ (Early Version)
‘In My Time Of Dying’ (Initial Rough Mix)
‘Houses Of The Holy’ (Rough Mix With Overdubs)
‘Everybody Makes It Through’ (In The Light Early Version/In Transit)
‘Boogie With Stu’ (Sunset Sound Mix)
‘Driving Through Kashmir’ (Kashmir Rough Orchestra Mix)