Semi-reclusive Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is allegedly readying himself to step out of the shadows and back into the limelight. The legendary guitar hero was apparently inspired after seeing himself perform in the new film Celebration Day, which chronicles the appearance of a reunited Zeppelin at a tribute to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun in 2007.
“I’m starting to work next year, to be seen to be playing live,” said the guitarist, speaking to BBC6 Music. “I’ll definitely be doing an album at that point in time.”
Outside of his appearance at the Ertegun tribute and in the 2009 film It Might Get Loud, Page has had a relatively low profile in recent years. He has appeared with the Black Crowes at various times over the last decade or so. At the closing ceremony of the 2008 Olympics, he appeared in a preview for the 2012 London Olympics, atop a double decker bus along with soccer star David Beckham. Last year he joined Donovan onstage at the Royal Alpert Hall for renditions of “Mellow Yellow” and “Sunshine Superman.”
It has also been reported that following the performance at the Ertegun tribute, which along with Page, featured frontman Robert Plant, bassist John Paul Jones, and drummer Jason Bonham (son of original Zep drummer Jon), the band actually considered continuing.
However those plans rapidly caved in after Plant ruled himself out of any sort of continued Zeppelin reunion.
As of yet, nothing concrete has been set in motion as far as Page’s plans to tour or record. With Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones having recently stated that “five years is five minutes in Zeppelin time,” it’s probably best not to hold your breath.
In the meantime you can get a look at Page and the rest of the reunited Zeppelin in Celebration Day, which is currently showing in theaters across the country.