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Jimmy Page Working On 'Surprising' New Material



Having wrapped up work on the massive Led Zeppelin remastering project and abandoned all hope of convincing Robert Plant to join him in a Zep reunion, it is now time for Jimmy Page to set nostalgia aside and chart a course forward. In a recent interview, Page revealed that he is readying material for a new project.

"I'm playing guitar at the moment," Page said. "Because I'm getting ready. Starting to get ready...Whatever I do, I don't want people to have made up their minds before I've done it. They already have. On the internet, people are telling me, 'you're doing this, and you're doing that'...'Am I?' Just wait and see what I do. I've got new material that I've written, and it will be surprising."

If and when Page does strike out on his own, he will not jettison the Zeppelin material he's famous for, but he is dead set on avoiding the pitfalls of a rote retrospection.

"I don't want to go out there and bore people," the guitarist explained. "If I was doing a show or something, I'd like to show what I've done along the way but definitely have musical surprises for people so they wouldn't start yawning."

So don't worry, everyone. Page won't just be playing two-hour "Stairway To Heaven" solos. Although, hmm, that would be pretty great. Do what you feel, Jimmy!

From: Rock Square

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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

February 7, 1962 - Deborah Bonham, sister to John, was born in Redditch, Worcestershire, England
February 23, 1966 - Warren Grant, son of Peter, was born.
February xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin enters the Billboard Top 40
February 16, 1969 - Led Zeppelin wrap up their first American tour in Baltimore, MD.
February 07, 1970 - Edinburgh gig cancelled after Plant receives facial injuries in a car accident
February 28, 1970 - The band performs as "The Nobs" in Copenhagen after threat of legal action from Countess Von Zeppelin
February xx, 1971 - John Paul Jones involved in legal issues regarding a musician who shares the same name
February xx, 1971 - Overdubs for the fourth album are recorded at Island Studios
February 14, 1972 - The band is refused admission into Singapore due to their long hair
February 16, 1972 - The Australian tour begins in Perth
February 21, 1972 - Led Zeppelin: Rock and Roll b/w Four Sticks (Atlantic 45-2865) 45 single is released in the US.
February xx, 1973 - The band makes final preparations for the European tour
February 16, 1973 - The release date for Houses Of The Holy is pushed back due to some sleeve problems
February xx, 1974 - Sessions for Physical Graffiti continue
February 14, 1974 - Page, Plant and Bonham attend a Roy Harper concert
February 04, 1975 - Zeppelin perform a last minute show at Nassau Coliseum to accomodate fans after being banned in Boston
February 24, 1975 - Physical Graffiti finally issued worldwide to phenomenal sales
February xx, 1976 - Media reports that Zeppelin are due to release an album entitled Obelisk
February xx, 1977 - Robert contracts a bout of tonsillitis postponing the American tour
February xx, 1978 - Robert Plant helps produce a record for punk band Dansette Damage
February 16, 1978 - The cases against Bonham, Cole & Grant stemming from the Oakland incident are heard and all receive suspended prison sentences and fines
February xx, 1979 - Although absent from the US stage or market, Led Zeppelin rank best in many music magazine categories
February xx, 1979 - Mixing sessions for In Through The Out Door take place at Polar Studios. Rumors fly of a European tour
February 03, 1980 - Robert joins Dave Edmund’s Rockpile at the Birmingham Top Rank
February 13, 2005 - Led Zeppelin receives a Grammy for Lifetime Achievment.
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