Turns out Jimmy Page is just as frustrated by the lack of a Led Zeppelin reunion as the rest of us. As if in response to Robert Plant’s comments earlier this month that he didn’t want to be “part of a jukebox” but that the “phone lines are open,” Page toldThe New York Times he feels Plant is just jerking the band’s chains.
“I was told last year that Robert Plant said he is doing nothing in 2014, and what do the other two guys think?” Page said in an interview with the Times. “Well, he knows what the other guys think. Everyone would love to play more concerts for the band. He’s just playing games, and I’m fed up with it, to be honest with you. I don’t sing, so I can’t do much about it.”
Page also reiterated his desire to play live as Led Zeppelin again. “Absolutely, absolutely. I definitely want to play live. Because, you know, I’ve still got a twinkle in my eye. I can still play. So, yeah, I’ll just get myself into musical shape, just concentrating on the guitar.”
Noting that the Zeppelin reunion seems “so unlikely,” Page addressed the possibility of performing in a different capacity, as he’s previously done with the likes of Black Crowes and Paul Rodgers. “I’m not devoid of ideas. So let’s hope that some time in the next year, I’m seen to be playing out there. Because that’s the only thing that’s been missing.”
Instead of focusing on performing, the guitarist/producer has been knee deep in prepping the upcoming reissues of Zeppelin first three records. With 1969′s Led Zeppelin, 1969′s Led Zeppelin II, and 1970′s Led Zeppelin III coming on June 3rd loaded with previously unheard material, Page remarked that creating a “textbook to musicians” was part of the decision to compile the reissues.
“There is a wealth of musical content and attitudes and variations,” he stated. “That passing on of the baton, if you like, is part of the whole thing.” Advancing technologies also played a factor in prompting Page to get to work. “The advent of Beats headphones, for heaven’s sake, has given everyone a different perception of listening. You’ve got all these digital formats, and it was apparent that everything had to be remastered in every format, all in one go, across the board.”