Jimmy Page tells Classic Rock that he will return with a new band in 2016 and that his music will be “totally different” from his work with Led Zeppelin.
“It’s taken a long time to get to this point, but I want to do it properly,” the guitarist tells Classic Rock in a story posted on the site today. “And there will be surprises.”
Page says his writing approach of late has been different from the past. “The writing that I’ve been doing, I’m thinking of it in a totally different way,” he says. “And that has a charm of its own, and an excitement to it.”
As of now, Page has no musicians onboard. But whomever he works with will be playing music from the full range of his career when it comes time to tour.
“There will be all sorts of material from different eras,” Page says. “Right across the board—that’s the way I’m seeing it. But like I said, there will be surprises. It won’t be entirely what people might be expecting.
“The best way for me to think about it,” he says, “is pacing towards a really exciting show, where you’ve still got chance to improvise and come up with new things every night. And I think in that sense, people are going to say, ‘Yeah, okay, I get it.’”
Page would have made his return sooner, except that much of his time these past few years has been taken up with the long-running Led Zeppelin reissue project, which concluded earlier in 2015.
He noted last month that his new music might be instrumental. “I’m not thinking about singers, I’m thinking of an instrumental thing,” Page told Bang Showbiz, “I want to work with my strengths rather than my weaknesses. I want to work with myself, I want to get myself up and running and once I’m ready, I’ll think about whether I need someone to sing on the music.”
The guitarist made a brief return to the stage this past November 19 when he made a surprise appearance at a benefit show at Seattle’s Experience Music Project Museum. He led Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Paul Rodgers, Alice in Chains singer William Duvall and others through a rough-and-ready version of “Rock and Roll.” You can watch a clip from the performance below. Page arrives onstage at around 3:18.