Jimmy Page praises Royal Blood for ‘taking the genre up a few serious notches’

Led Zeppelin guitarist tells NME he believes the duo can "take rock into a new realm"

Led Zeppelin‘s Jimmy Page thinks that Royal Blood are capable of “taking rock into a new realm.”

The guitarist is a fan of the duo, having attended a gig of theirs in New York in May. Royal Blood’s hugely successful debut album features in NME’s Top 50 Albums Of The Year.

Speaking in this week’s issue of NME, on newsstands and available digitally now, Page praises Royal Blood for boosting the popularity of rock music and “taking the genre up a few serious notches.”


“I went to hear them in New York. They were fantastic. Absolutely riveting,” Page says. “They’re such fine musicians. However long the set was, I could have heard twice as much. Their album has taken the genre up a serious few notches. It’s so refreshing to hear, because they play with the spirit of the things that have preceded them, but you can hear they’re going to take rock into a new realm – if they’re not already doing that. It’s music of tremendous quality.”

Mike Kerr of Royal Blood also speaks to NME, arguing that the British public are more open to the heavier sounds that he creates with band mate Ben Thatcher at the moment.

“Perhaps it just needed to be reinvented a bit,” says Kerr. “The genre’s always been around, but it doesn’t seem to have received the same attention as other types of music. There’s more capacity for heavier music now and I’m not sure why. The people that come to our shows, they’re not rockers, they’re not goths, it’s a real mix. People are up for things being a bit more left and a bit more heavy and a bit more rocky and creative.”

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