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Jimmy Page Says COVID-19 Has Him Contemplating a Return to the Stage

Jimmy Page speaks onstage at "An Evening With Jimmy Page And Chris Cornell In Conversation" at the Ace Hotel on November 12, 2014 in Los Angeles
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Jimmy Page has said that the worldwide lockdowns due to COVID-19 have inspired him to potentially return to the stage upon the lifting of restrictions on concerts and large gatherings.

“When we first went into lockdown I thought, ‘Right, now’s the time to start thinking about coming back at some point and being able to perform,’ Page told GQ (via NME (opens in new tab)).

“I will never be one of those people who’ll record alone and send someone a file. I never went into music in the first place to do that – it was for playing together.” 

Page also discussed how vital he feels live performance is to the sense of community in music, saying without live performance and that accompanying community, “music means nothing."

“Playing live is so important for young musicians,” he said. “When we were young, we all had these little gigs, hoping to play somewhere bigger and it’s such an important part of that communion of musicians playing together.”

Page has been giving a number of interviews lately, in promotion of his new Anthology photo book. In one of them, with Total Guitar, he happened to finally reveal which amp he used on Led Zeppelin's game-changing hit, "Whole Lotta Love."

Jackson Maxwell
Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.