According to The Pulse Of Radio, Jimmy Page says he plans to start his first solo album in 27 years in 2016. Page, who curated the revamped LED ZEPPELIN catalogue over the last several years, was on hand at London’s Classic Rock magazine’s Roll Of Honour awards, and shed some light on the still-untitled project, telling Bang Showbiz: “Next year I’m just going to working on the guitar. It’s time for me to go out there and do a solo album. My last solo album was 1988. I haven’t really milked the situation; it’s time to do another one. I’m known for playing many styles of guitar, and I need to re-visit all the different styles I can play.”
Page went on to say: “I’m not thinking about singers, I’m thinking of an instrumental thing. I want to work with my strengths rather than my weaknesses. I want to work with myself, I want to get myself up and running and once I’m ready, I’ll think about whether I need someone to sing on the music… I want to be playing live again, but that won’t be until next year, I’ve planned all this a while ago. I want to start in the U.K. I’ve got ideas, but I want to wait to see what happens. I’d like to do Glastonbury. I could do a sort of karaoke night with LED ZEPPELIN songs.”
There’s been no release date announced for the upcoming Page album, which will be his first true solo set since “Outrider”. That album came out on June 19, 1988 and peaked at No. 26 on The Billboard 200 album chart.
“Outrider” featured Robert Plant co-writing and contributing vocals on the track “The Only One”, and Jason Bonham drumming on both the majority of the album and Page’s subsequent tour.
Members of SOUNDGARDEN, ALICE IN CHAINS and NIRVANA paid musical tribute to Page last Thursday night, November 19, during a benefit at Seattle’s Experience Music Project. Backed by a house band that included ex-GUNS N’ ROSES bassist Duff McKagan and MAD SEASON drummer Barrett Martin, the lineup on hand included ALICE IN CHAINS guitarists/singers Jerry Cantrell and William DuVall, SOUNDGARDEN guitarist Kim Thayil, NIRVANA bassist Krist Novoselic, BLACK CROWES guitarist Rich Robinson, CHEAP TRICK guitarist Rick Nielsen and BAD COMPANY frontman Paul Rodgers.