Led Zeppelin legend Jimmy Page has spoken about his work on Led Zeppelin’s recent reissue series, as well as hinting at a return to his solo career, at the Classic Rock ‘Roll Of Honour’ in London. Page, who attended the event at Camden’s Roundhouse last night (11th Nov 2015), was among a host of artists being honoured at the annual awards ceremony. Also collecting gongs were former Slade frontman Noddy Holder, who picked up ‘The Showman’ award, Alice Cooper, who picked up the ‘Classic Album’ award, and guitarist Joe Satriani, who was crowned ‘The Maestro’.
Collecting the award for ‘Reissues Of The Year’ for his work on Led Zeppelin’s extensive back-catalogue overhaul, Page said that the project had been a labour of love for him. Speaking on the red carpet at the event, the guitarist explained why he had taken on the exhaustive reissues project.
Jimmy Page said: “I wanted to do it because I knew that I had in my archive all gems of material that spanned all of the releases of all the albums. I wanted to be able to put out a companion disc to each of the original ones, so it doubles up the amount of material that’s out there.”
“It was just going to give so much more information to what was going on when these things were recorded.”
Alluding to the fact that the project had taken up a substantial amount of his time, the icon went on: “I knew it was a long hall, but I really felt I’m going to do this, and I’m going to do it really well, and I know the fans are really going to love it.”
Speaking exclusively to Gigs And Festivals, the OBE holder went on to reveal what the most satisfying album was to him.
Jimmy said: “The first album, because without the first album, you wouldn’t get the rest of them.”
“That was such a radical, ground-breaking avant-garde album, and it’s got so many different ideas on it that actually get explored later. It’s a crucial album.”
With the reissue project now complete, Page looks set to return to work as a solo artist for the first time in almost three decades.
“Hopefully now that will be next year”, he stated, adding jokingly; “I did do a solo album but that was in 1988, so I guess it’s time to do something again”.
The annual Classic Rock ‘Roll Of Honour’ has been taking place since 2005, with the 2014 event held in Los Angeles. The 2016 ceremony is set to take place in Tokyo, Japan.
First published on gigsandfestivals.com, 12 November 2015.