Jimmy Page refused to be interviewed on Eddie Trunk’s show “That Metal Show” in 2015, Trunk has claimed, because he said that Page “wants nothing to do with the term ‘metal.'”
Trunk talked about attempting to book Page for his show in his May 4 radio show. “Jimmy Page would not appear on ‘That Metal Show’ because it was called ‘That Metal Show,'” Trunk claimed. “He refuses to do anything with the word ‘metal’ in it. Now, ‘That Metal Show’ was way beyond metal, as anybody who watched it knew. We did all kinds of stuff, but he wouldn’t, he wasn’t having it. It was crazy.”
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Jimmy Page, in the last season of ‘That Metal Show,’ Jimmy Page, I was this close to getting him as a guest because all those Zeppelin reissues were happening at that time. Jimmy Page would not appear on ‘That Metal Show’ because it was called ‘That Metal Show.’ He refuses to do anything with the word ‘metal’ in it. Now, ‘That Metal Show’ was way beyond metal, as anybody who watched it knew. We did all kinds of stuff, but he wouldn’t, he wasn’t having it. It was crazy.
We even offered to change the name of the episode for the one he was on and like call it ‘That Jimmy Page Show’ or ‘That Led Zeppelin Show.’ He refused to do it. He would not come on the show and it was just so maddening, especially as I never wanted ‘That Metal Show’ to be called that in the first place, but that’s a whole another story. But it was so maddening that … and I was like ‘what’s the problem?!’ ‘Don’t want an associated with metal.’ Which is funny, because most people think of Zeppelin as one of the bands that gave birth to metal. But he wants nothing to do with the term ‘metal.’
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Page’s dislike for the term “metal” has surfaced before. In 2013 he distanced Led Zeppelin from being called “metal” in an interview with Classic Rock Society.
“I’m not really sure where we got that tag,” Page said. “There’s no denying that the elements of what became known as heavy metal is definitely there within Led Zeppelin. But the reality of it is that this is riff music, and riff music goes back to the blues — the electric blues of the ’50s and what was going on down there in Chicago.”