Jimmy Page, the prolific guitarist and founding member of iconic rock group Led Zeppelin, has been discussing the future of the group amid failed tour plans.
Page, appearing in conversation with Zoe Ball on BBC Radio 2, was discussing the recently released collaboration with the Rolling Stones when the conversation turned to his own group. Referencing Mick Jagger’s disappointment that Led Zep didn’t tour after their special one-off reunion performance at The O2 in London in 2007, Page confirmed that “really unlikely” we will see his band back on the road.
“At the time of the O2, we thought — myself, John Paul Jones and Jason [Bonham] — that there was going to; it was said that there were gonna be some more dates,” Page said in the interview. “It would’ve been really good to have done that after the O2, ‘cos we’d put a lot of work into The O2 and we were really on it, y’know? But it didn’t come off.”
Page added: “It seems really unlikely that there would be a tour in the future. Unlike The Rolling Stones, they do sort of know that the fans love that — also I know that with Led Zeppelin [fans too]. But it doesn’t look as though there’s anything in the future, unfortunately.”
He concluded: “We’re talking about a concert that was gigantic at the time, but that was 2007: time passes, y’know?”
The new song with the Rolling Stones, which was recorded back in 1974, also came in collaboration with the Led Zeppelin guitarist and legendary bassist Rick Grech. Grech had previously worked with Traffic, Blind Faith and Family.
“I remember first jamming this with Jimmy and Keith in Ronnie’s basement studio,” recounts Mick Jagger of the song in a statement. “It was a great session.”
The track is being highlighted as a “holy grail” of lost content and is taken from when The Rolling Stones were undoubtedly the biggest band on the planet. Though Page’s Led Zeppelin may stake a claim to that crown.
Keith Richards remembers how the two bands crossed paths and how the song came about saying, “we walked in at the end of a Zeppelin session. They were just leaving, and we were booked in next and I believe that Jimmy decided to stay.”
“We weren’t actually cutting it as a track,” remembers Richards, “it was basically for a demo, a demonstration, you know, just to get the feel of it, but it came out well, with a line up like that, you know, we better use it.‘’
The new song is being released as part of the new multi-format and deluxe reissues of Goats Head Soup which is due to arrive on September 4th via Universal Music Group. As you might expect, like other songs from the era, it’s a bluesy rock number with hooks coming out of its ears.
Listen to ‘Scarlet’ below: