Reuters and the New Musical Express are reporting on a press conference with Jimmy Page and Jack White that took place this morning in Los Angeles. Both are in town for the city’s film festival and tonight’s premiere of “It Might Get Loud” there.
Both stories carried a humorous quip from White on whether he might consider playing again with Page, such as on the solo album White is rumored to be embarking on. “I think Jimmy needs to practice a little more,” he commented. Yeah, he was joking.
The Reuters coverage carries more interesting remarks from both guitarists on the way music is presented to today’s youth. For instance, neither thinks video games are very useful for musical practice.
White said, “That’s like the only outlet now, that you have to put [your music] in a video game to get it in front of [kids]. That’s a little sad.”
Reuters carried a long, candid remark from Page about amateur musicians setting out to imitate their heroes:
“If you start with the first track on the first (self-titled Led Zeppelin) album, ‘Good Times Bad Times,’ and you think of the drum part that John Bonham did there, how many drummers in the world can actually play that? Let alone Dad on a Christmas morning? There might be a lot of alcohol to be consumed over Christmas, he still ain’t gonna get it.”
Interestingly, as the NME story tells us, Page pointed out that both he and White, and also their third co-star, The Edge, are all self-taught guitarists.
The film premieres in L.A. about an hour and a half from the time of writing.