Jimmy Page Shares Triumph & Tragedy Of Final Years Of Led Zeppelin
North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands concludes its conversations with Led Zeppelin founder, guitarist, producer and songwriter Jimmy Page with a revealing look at the final years of Led Zeppelin.
For over a decade Led Zeppelin soared above the Rock’n’Roll world, setting course with their groundbreaking 1969 debut, then trailblazing through the Seventies selling millions of albums and concert tickets. But it was this very demand for more… larger crowds, longer tours… which would vie for focus from these four still rather young men trying, in some cases, to start a family or deal with fame and fortune. Factor into this heady brew the fate of the unknown and unforeseen, and you get legendary creative highs and the most tragic losses and lows. That’s what you have with what turned out to be the final Led Zeppelin studio albums Presence in 1976, the timeless In Through The Out Door in 1979, and the post-original collection of rarities called Coda.
InTheStudio host Redbeard speaks at length to band founder/ guitarist/ producer Jimmy Page about his comprehensive overhaul of the Led Zeppelin catalog which now has given fans the most authoritative look at the band’s illustrious career. In Through The Out Door is played every day on US radio, but as the studio album which preceded drummer John Bonham’s death, Jimmy Page assures us that it was never meant to be Led Zeppelin’s last.
“Of course it wasn’t. There’d have been another album after that. I know John Bonham and I had discussed that. And if you want to have an idea about what way that would go, well then just listen to “Bonzo’s Montreux” and see where he’s given a good hand to be able to do drum orchestra and really enjoy himself. He used to like to get into things where he could really get in and groove… We probably would have gone in that direction, but it’s hard to tell ….” – Jimmy Page