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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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May xx, 1972 - Houses Of The Holy recording sessions on location at Stargroves and Olympic studios
May 27, 1972 - Warm-up gigs kick off in Holland for an upcoming American tour
May 04, 1973 - Led Zeppelin gross nearly $250,000 for their performance in Atlanta, GA
May 05, 1973 - 56,800 attend the second show of the 1973 US tour at Tampa. This sets a record for the largest attendance for a one-act performance, previously held by the Beatlesfor their Shea Stadium show in 1965
May 10, 1974 - Swan Song Records is officially launched
May 11, 1974 - Led Zeppelin attend an Elvis concert and are thrilled when Elvis announces that Led Zeppelin is in the building
May 10, 1975 - Showco ships their PA system and video screens for the Earls Court shows from Dallas to London
May 23, 1976 - Page and Plant join Bad Company onstage at the LA Forum
May 21, 1977 - The Houston Summit claims $500,000 in damages to their venue caused by rowdy fans
May xx, 1978 - The band reunite at Clearwater Castle to rehearse
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May 15, 1980 - After many revisions the European tour dates are finalized and the band is scheduled to open in Germany
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