Led Zeppelin changed the world. From their formation in 1968 till their spilt in the wake of drummer John Bonham's death in 1980, they set new parameters for what a rock band could achieve. They remain one of the biggest selling bands of all time, with generation after generation falling in love with their music. Their tours broke records and created a template for stadium touring that remains to this day, and creatively the four immensely gifted musicians who formed the group mastered and helped define rock, metal, prog, folk and modern blues. And guitarist Jimmy Page was the guiding force behind the band. As well as being universally recognised as one of the finest guitarists of all time, Jimmy produced the whole of Led Zeppelin's back catalogue - breaking new sonic ground with every one of their nine albums.
Now, as the band re-release their first three records, Jimmy talks to Matt Everitt about the musical moments that changed his life. From his earliest influences and passion for the bluesmen of the '50s, to his time spent as a young session guitarist on the London scene in the early 60s, and onto his masterplan to create the greatest (and heaviest) rock band ever to stalk the earth.
Normally a somewhat reclusive and private figure, Jimmy also discusses Zep's unique musical chemistry, their not entirely undeserved reputation as the most excessive and debauched band ever, their now legendary one off reunion in 2007 and the impact of Bonham's death on him and his music.