Speaking in a new interview, Page revealed that going into lockdown for COVID-19 safety sparked in him a renewed passion for live performance.
“When we first went into lockdown I thought, ‘Right, now’s the time to start thinking about coming back at some point and being able to perform’,” Page told GQ in its December print issue. “I will never be one of those people who’ll record alone and send someone a file. I never went into music in the first place to do that – it was for playing together.”
The 76-year-old musician has been hinting at a live comeback ever since Led Zep completed their highly acclaimed one-off reunion show back in 2007.
Page doubled down on his points regarding the importance of live shows and a sense of community in music, saying that “music means nothing” without those two crucial elements.
“Playing live is so important for young musicians,” he told GQ. “When we were young, we all had these little gigs, hoping to play somewhere bigger and it’s such an important part of that communion of musicians playing together.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Page also reflected on COVID-19’s devastating effect, not only on the arts but the world at large.
“It’s such a very sad and desperate time and what this virus has done internationally to families, to the arts, and everything we love and hold dear and the whole concert situation, it does worry me,” he said.
Last month saw the launch of Page’s new book, The Anthology, a massive compendium documenting hundreds of instruments, costumes and memorabilia from the Led Zeppelin guitarist’s personal archives.
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