Jimmy Page Shares About Covid19, Future Plans, And John Bonham
Jimmy Page in a 2014 interview - BBC News / Youtube
Jimmy Page shared his thoughts about the current state of things in an interview with Classic Rock Magazine, especially with his reconnection with the guitar.
“One of the things I was complaining about before we all had to lock down was that I wasn’t having enough time to play guitar,” Page disclosed. “I was able to actually say: ‘Well, this is it. You can do it every day now.’ So, it’s given me an opportunity to reconnect properly with the guitar.”
He didn’t reveal as much when it came to future plans, however, saying “I’m never not doing something, and I’m never not doing something that’s going to surprise people. It’s like when I did a spoken word project with my girlfriend. Nobody was expecting me to do that, because nobody had done that before. It was really wonderful to do.” Page continued, “But I’ve always got ideas, and the day that I wake up and haven’t got any ideas of what to do and how to do it, that for me will be a very sad day. And that day looks like it’s some way off yet.”
There is some material left for Page to look back on, however. An official release with his side project XYZ – a collaboration with Yes’ Chris Squire and Alan White – is anticipated to happen. “It’s really good music… fascinating to listen to,” Page said of the project.
The interview also discussed what would have happened if John Bonham didn’t pass away in 1980. He shared: “John Bonham and I discussed what sort of shape the next album should be, because each album was different to the last. It just so happened that Presence was basically a guitar album, so as John Paul Jones had his Dream Machine [Yamaha GX-1 synthesiser, used on In Through the Out Door], it was only right to do a keyboard album. So we had been discussing what we’d do for the next one, and there were definite ideas of what we could do.”