Royal Blood: ‘Jimmy Page told us to ‘go and smash LA’

The Brighton duo say the Led Zeppelin guitarist was "really encouraging" when they met him earlier this year

Royal Blood have revealed that Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page was “really encouraging” when he showed up at one of their gigs earlier this year.

The legendary guitarist turned up to watch the band at a gig in New York back in May when they played the city’s Grasslands venue.

In an interview in this week’s NME, which is on newsstands or available digitally now, the band describe the scene as Page walked into their dressing room.

“All these security guards came into our dressing room and scouted out the area, these big motherfuckers with earpieces,” drummer Ben Thatcher says.

“There was a wall of security [but] there was no ego; our conversation was all about guitars and amps. He was really encouraging: ‘Go and smash LA.’ There’s this really nice, gentle guy beneath all the mystery he’s built up over so long.”

“When you leave people like Jimmy Page I think, ‘Fuck, we could be that to someone else and no-one could really know who Royal Blood are. We could be this mystery, this illusion.”

Royal Blood will release their self-titled debut album on August 25.