We are in a time of expectation for Jimmy Page.
Recent comments from the guitarist indicate he wishes to be seen in a way he has not been for some time. Following Led Zeppelin’s reunion concert as 2007 ended, Page was not alone in favoring a tour with the group. When Robert Plant opposed a reunion, for a time Page instead favored putting a new band together with John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham. Since those plans likewise dissipated for reasons that are rarely discussed, it’s not been known exactly what’s next for Page.
Mostly — though not entirely — retreated from the public eye in recent years, one major exception to this came when he first participated as one of three guitarists profiled in Davis Guggenheim’s documentary It Might Get Loud. In the widely acclaimed film, Page details his own personal history growing up in the 1940s and being attracted to the music of the 1950s. He also shares his thoughts on remaining creative later in life. It Might Get Loud was first shown at film festivals, then publicly in theaters, and finally released on DVD and Blu-Ray. Page helped to promote the film at various stages, fitting interviews and appearances into a schedule in 2008 that also saw him playing guitar at the closing ceremony of the Summer Olympics.
Looking Back on Page
Page’s first major action of 2010 has been the preparation and release of his own debut as an author. His book is an immediate collector’s item; it is a pictorial autobiography available exclusively from Genesis Publications, a high-end retailer of collector books. While this leather-bound gem carries a high price tag, it is thought that Page will eventually announce plans to make a more affordable version of his text available to a wider consumer market.
Page, whose lack of trust in the media is well documented, has thus far been unwilling to disclose publicly whatever other plans he has in store for his planned comeback of 2010. Here he is promising new music in 2010 during an interview recorded in June: