‘Time to shift and focus that way’: Jimmy Page says break between solo projects has been beneficial

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Between Led Zeppelin archival releases and Robert Plant’s steadfast refusal to reform, Jimmy Page has spent an extended time away from the stage — and, the guitarist tells Absolute Radio, he misses it.

“I’ve been involved with these Led Zeppelin projects,” Page says. “Even though this stuff is coming out over the next couple of years, the fact is, there’s been Celebration Day and all that, and it has taken up a huge amount of time. What it’s meant is that I wouldn’t be in a position to be seen to be playing. By that, I mean on a stage, even if I was guesting with someone. I miss playing live. I like making up music, and I’m good at that.”

Page has also been writing music for a new recording, perhaps his first solo project since 1988’s Outrider. In retrospective, however, he says he’s happy that he never made time to put it to tape. After all, there have been a number of technological paradigm shifts over that period of time.

“I’ve got music written, stockpiled,” Page adds, “but I haven’t recorded it — which is good. Because I didn’t want to date it, anyway. So, I think that’s definitely the next thing. I’ve been focusing on all of this other stuff. Now, it’s time to shift and focus that way.”

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