Jimmy Page has explained in a new interview why he gave up drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes.
The Academy of Achievement asked Page how he takes care of himself.
“I don’t drink alcohol,” Page replied. “I think that makes quite a difference because it got to the point where I was in my fifties and I thought I’m probably … I’ve got a good shot at getting to my seventies here.”
“I wasn’t drinking alcohol to any excess but I thought it was a good idea to stop drinking and so that’s a good number of years ago now,” Page said. “I used to smoke cigarettes, and I stopped drinking, cigarettes … and so that was a bit of a sort of maintenance plan for the future.”
“Yeah. I don’t know what it was. It’s in the early, when you’re a teenager. Well, actually people drink in a totally different way now, certainly do over here anyway, unfortunately, to what we used to drink when we were teenagers and in our twenties.”
“But hangovers were sort of nonexistent … because you didn’t really drink very much and then when maybe you were in your thirties you’d get a hangover which would go into the following morning, and as decades go by you’d go when you had a night of drinking it might even go into a second day. I didn’t enjoy that. I didn’t like the idea of either having a drink or be having a hangover and the effects of it and I just gave up on that idea.”
Page went on to say that he was “totally sober” during Led Zeppelin’s December 10, 2007 O2 reunion performance.
Elsewhere in the interview, Page was asked about plans for Led Zeppelin’s fiftieth anniversary in 2018. “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.”
And sure enough, Led Zeppelin announced on December 21 that the first confirmed release for 2018 will be an official photo book.
You can watch the full video interview here: