Jimmy Page has said in a new interview that previously unheard music by Led Zeppelin will be released for the band’s fiftieth anniversary in 2018.
Page spoke to the Academy of Achievement in a 50-minute video interview, and at the end he was asked about plans for Led Zeppelin’s fiftieth anniversary next year.
“There’ll be Led Zeppelin product coming out, for sure, that people haven’t heard,” Page said, “because I’m working on that. Next year will be the fiftieth year so there’s all manner of surprises coming out.”
Page’s comments fit with what we already know about plans for Led Zeppelin’s fiftieth anniversary.
In September we reported that an executive from Led Zeppelin’s record label Warner Music Group wrote a letter in support of a planned statue of John Bonham in which he said that Warner Music is planning “a series of high-profile events” in 2018. He also said that the label plans to conduct “extensive outreach to media and fans worldwide” in conjunction with the events.
And in October we reported on a deleted Facebook post by Led Zeppelin mastering engineer John Davis in which he said that he was mastering Led Zeppelin music again.
The video interview with Page was filmed on October 19, seven days before Davis’ Facebook post about mastering Led Zeppelin. So Page’s comment “I’m working on that” is likely to refer to whatever Davis was also working on.
But what could Page mean when he says that “all manner of surprises” are on the way in 2018? We speculated here on what Led Zeppelin could release.
Elsewhere in the interview, Page said that “I hope to be seen to be playing. So I’d better get on with it!”
You can watch the full video interview here: