Jimmy Page on writing new songs: "I've got lots of material"
Jimmy Page says now he has finished working on the forthcoming Led Zeppelin remastered albums, he has time to write songs again.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, he said: "I play guitar at least once a week," he says. "But now that the Zeppelin project is finished, I'll be playing daily for the foreseeable future. I want to get myself back into playing shape. I'm a bit of a perfectionist about these things."
Having only released one solo album, 1988's Outrider, Page is not known as a prolific artist. He did, however, go on to say he's been writing new songs: "I've got lots of material I've written on acoustic guitar. Lots and lots. And right now I need to get myself up to speed, and that won't take too long. But I don't know what musicians I'd play with. I do have material and a passion for it. I need to work towards it, and now I can without all the other side issues going on."
The question of performing live was then raised, to which Page said: "At this moment, it's safe to say that I haven't been playing gigs. I've been doing this Zeppelin project, but now I intend to start getting to a point where I could play some gigs. But what those gigs are going to be, I don't know yet. I have ideas of what I want to do, but they're pretty complex. I would love to play live again. I love playing live. It's wonderful."
Page has also been honoured with a doctorate by the Berklee College Of Music in Boston, reports Billboard. He delivered the commencement address Saturday (May 10) to almost 900 graduates of the private college known for its music program, telling them that their love of music will sustain them through the unexpected twists and turns that lie ahead.
The school also presented honorary doctorates to Motown and R&B songwriter Valerie Simpson, jazz pianist and educator Geri Allen, and American Music Program youth jazz orchestra founder Thara Memory.
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