Legendary guitarist also shoots down Robert Plant replacement rumour
Led Zeppelin‘s Jimmy Page has revealed that he plans to go out on a solo tour next year.
The legendary guitarist, who is busy promoting the release of Led Zeppelin’s live DVD ‘Celebration Day’, said he had planned to tour this year but with the release of the O2 Arena concert film he has had to postpone his solo trek till 2013.
Speaking in an interview with Guitar World, Page said: “This time last year I intended to be actually playing by now in a live outfit. So that will have to be postponed now into sort of next year, tail end of next year. But I definitely want to be doing that.”
Page also spoke out about rumours that he, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer Jason Bonham were looking to replace Robert Plant with another singer and tour as Led Zeppelin.
“[After the 2007 O2 Arena tribute gig] Jason, myself and John Paul Jones felt it was the right thing to do to go in and start playing new material and see how we were getting on,” said Page. “There was talk about bringing in some other singers, but that would have changed the character of what we were doing, and done it rather suddenly.”
He added: “There was a lot of…I won’t say pressure but a lot of hinting about ‘this singer and that singer.’ And for me, it was more about, ‘Let’s see what we can really do.’ But I don’t think we really got a chance to do that.”
Last week, Led Zeppelin were honoured at the White House by Barack Obama for their contribution to America culture and the arts. Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page were among a group of artists who received Kennedy Centre Honours.