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.…
Photo at right courtesy of Simon Keeping
A tribute concert dedicated to the late Atlantic Records cofounder Ahmet Ertegun held on Dec. 10, 2007, contained the only onstage musical reformation this century of original Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones. With Jason Bonham on drums to take the place of his dearly departed father, original member John Bonham, the band played a two-hour concert that is likely never to be repeated.
Led Zeppelin’s reunion in 2007 was witnessed in person by fewer than 20,000 people. Although this special event was filmed, no plans have been announced for its official release. Photographs, amateur recordings, and the firsthand accounts and memories of those who attended are all that can be relied upon to attest to the magic of that single night. The evening is widely praised.
Many posts on Lemon Squeezings since the 2007 concert have centered on the chances of further reunion activity. The popular press have persisted in spreading the myth of an attempt to replace Robert Plant in Led Zeppelin. In reality, Page and Jones considered forming a new band in 2008, bringing in Bonham to help audition singers. Their new band, which they themselves never considered to be Led Zeppelin, failed to materialize.
Since then, Page has retreated, Jones has formed a new band in Them Crooked Vultures, and Bonham has stayed busy with both a new band and something close to a Led Zeppelin tour.…
“The next project that I’m trying to initiate,” Dave Grohl once said, “involves me on drums, Josh Homme on guitar, and John Paul Jones playing bass. That’s the next album. That wouldn’t suck.”
Right, it probably wouldn’t suck, but it would just take a while — years — to come to fruition from when he first said it.
If indeed it has! I’m getting ahead of myself. But it’s looking like, uh, it has.
Fronting the Foo Fighters only scrapes the surface as to who this guy is and what Grohl has been capable of. Once known only as the drummer throughout all of Nirvana’s major success, this guy has revealed himself to be a primo singer and guitarist, savvy songwriter and ambitious collaborator.
Grohl never did make a secret of his desire to take John Bonham’s place in a reunited Led Zeppelin, and when given the chance to work with — or even just hang with — anybody from that group, he has repeatedly taken it.
(Right, who wouldn’t? Maybe the emphasis is more on the fact that he has been given those chances more often than just about anybody else in recent memory. Some would say this guy deserves it.)
And now that the name Dave Grohl has been blurted out online as one of two people working with Jones on a project that would see them releasing an album and going on tour, it seems to be a perfectly logical conclusion — if not a convenient one.…