It’s been a busy year for Jimmy Page. Earlier this year, the Led Zeppelin guitarist began an exhaustive reissue campaign, expanding each of the band’s classic releases to include companion discs of outtakes and extensive liner notes, packed with rare pics. Last month saw the release of Page’s “photographic autobiography,” Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page, which tells the reclusive rock legend’s life story in hundreds of never seen before photos, from his start as an innocent choirboy to the hedonistic heights of rock stardom. Last night Page appeared at New York City’s 92nd St. Y for a conversation with famed modern artist Jeff Koons to discuss, literally, his past, present and future.
While the staged, sit down interview was mature and civilized, the room was packed with rowdy Zeppelin fanatics who cheered as Page sauntered on stage and whenever his legendary band was mentioned. “Jimmy you ARE a God!” screamed a female fan at one point, as if she was watching one of his epic guitar solos. Among the fans was artist and interviewer Jeff Koons himself, who first heard the group as a teenager and said “I listen to your music every day.” For his part, Page is still the consummate rock star, dapper and eloquent in discussing his life which was “infected with music” at a young age.
Koons hand picked his favorite photos from the new book which were flashed on stage and fed the discussion. Tickets to the event reached well over $100, but Page gave fans their money’s worth with captivating stories from his days as a session musician and with British Invasion group The Yardbirds. Speaking of a particularly famous boyhood chum former bandmate, Page said “Jeff Beck and I go back to the point where, when we first meet, we were both playing homemade guitars.” While discussing Led Zeppelin’s speedy ascent, Page said “I knew exactly what I wanted to do,” adding “Led Zeppelin I was going to be a guitar tour de force.” Perhaps the greatest takeaway from the event, however, was Page’s announcement that fans could expect new music from him in 2015. “I’m still a young man,” he said as the evening concluded, which was appropriately met with rapturous applause.