Jimmy Page discusses Led Zeppelin, his musical future and new photo autobiography in the new issue of Uncut, dated January 2015 and out now.
Asked to name his greatest achievement outside of Led Zeppelin, Page picked an occasion that he said would “surprise everyone”.
“I’d be very sincere if I said that doing the Olympics [Beijing, 2008] with Leona Lewis was phenomenal,” he explained. “She’s really plucky, she’s superb, and she sang ‘Whole Lotta Love’ brilliantly.
“We managed to do the full length of ‘Whole Lotta Love’ – it wasn’t edited – and she sang it beautifully. It was so cool the way she approached it. For that audience, and the fact we didn’t fuck it up… we’re really going to do this and we’re going to do it proud. That was important. It was a Led Zeppelin number but it took on another persona. I was proud to be able to play that riff for the handover.”
The new issue of Uncut is out now.
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