Jimmy Page has said in a new interview that he is “working on various paths and routes of projects”.
Speaking to Classic Rock Magazine for its 300th issue, Page was asked how he has been occupying himself over the past couple of years.
“Archiving, working on various paths and routes of projects, but I’m not going to say what the projects are,” Page replied. “There’s various things I’m working towards. It’s not just one thing, it’s multiple things, and I don’t want to even give a hint, because if you do … You give a one-sentence sound bite, and then if it doesn’t materialise it’s like: ‘Why didn’t you do a solo album?’ So I don’t want to say what it is that I’ve got planned, because I don’t want to give people the chance to misinterpret it.”
Interviewer Ian Fortnam then told Page that “online forums” show fans are missing Page’s output, adding that “a new record would be a great reward for living through the past few years of madness.”
“Well, I really can’t put on record what the new record is,” Page said. “I’ll leave it to your imagination. The thing is there are so many ways I could present myself right now. Actually, not right now. I’ll rephrase that: within a space of time [laughs]. I’ve come across all these various projects I did. And one of the things I did recently is listen to a recording I made of the Marrakesh folk festival, with the tribes coming in from all over Morocco, in 1975. It’s fascinating. Tribal stuff passed on from father to son and kept alive because of the folk festivals, Essaouira, and all the rest. Where there are people who want to hear the Berbers. I certainly do, it’s good for the soul.”
The full interview with Page is available to read in the 300th issue of Classic Rock Magazine, which you can purchase through this link.
Page’s latest comments about plans for his solo career following similar remarks he gave to Uncut Magazine in its May 2022 issue.
“I have got ideas and projects in mind – several possible things I could do – but I won’t discuss them, because if you give one sentence of something that might turn into a lengthy project then people start asking when it’s coming out,” he said. “I keep my cards close to my chest with what I am doing, because I don’t want to let the fans down.”
Page has repeatedly said in recent years that he hopes to record new music and perform live. He told Planet Rock in 2014, for example, that “I’m going to be working on the guitar because I want to be seen to be playing.”
And in 2018, he told the Academy of Achievement that “I hope to be seen to be playing. So I’d better get on with it!”
Later that year, he told Sirius XM in December that he planned solo releases. “From Jimmy Page, yes, you’ll definitely be getting stuff from Jimmy Page, I can guarantee that.”