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Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page Talks Robert Plant, Drug Use in 'GQ' Rock God of the Year Interview



GQ recently named Jimmy Page its Rock God of the Year for 2014. The former Led Zeppelin guitarist sat down with the magazine to talk about his storied past and unknown future. Page talked about Robert Plant and how he generally reacts to the singer's comments about Led Zep. The legendary axeman also addressed his drug use during the band's reign in the 1970s.

After being asked about why Plant seems to be so disinterested in the work he did with Zeppelin, Page responded with a lengthy explanation.

"Sometimes I raise my eyebrows at the things he says, but that's all I can say about it. I don't make a point to read what he says about Zeppelin. But people will read me things he has said, and I will usually say, 'Are you sure you're quoting him correctly?' It's always a little surprising. But I can't answer for him. I have a respect for the work of everyone in the band. I can't be dismissive of the work we did together. I sort of know what he's doing. But I don't fully understand it," he said.

Page added that he chooses not to send messages about the band to Plant through the media.

The guitarist also fielded questions about Led Zep and its relationship to drugs.

"I couldn't comment on that, just like I wouldn't comment on the relationship between Zeppelin's audience and drugs," he said. "But of course you wouldn't ask me that. You wouldn't ask me what the climate was like at the time. The climate in the 1970s was different than it is now. Now it's a drinking culture. It wasn't so much like that then." When pressed about his supposed heroin addiction, Page went on the defensive.

"How do you know I had a heroin problem? You don't know what I had or what I didn't have," he said. "All I will say is this: My responsibilities to the music did not change. I didn't drop out or quit working. I was there, just as much as anyone else was."

Plant talked about why he does not want to reunite with Led Zep last month, explaining that he has always been in search of new artistic ventures from Band of Joy to his current solo work.

From: Music Times

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