After wrapping up his latest Led Zeppelin
venture and delving deep into the band's baults, guitar icon Jimmy Page is finally ready to work on some fresh solo material."I play guitar at least once a week,"
Jimmy told Rolling Stone
. "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."
It's been well over a decade since Page released an album with new original material, the 1998 David Coverdale collaboration "Walking Into Clarksdale,"
but this hardly means that the axeman hasn't come up with a riff or two during the past 16 years."I've got lots of material I've written on acoustic guitar,"
he noted. "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."
Jimmy also touched on the matter of possible joint tour with Jeff Beck
. Beck has already expressed willingness to hit the road with his former Yardbirds bandmate, but Page now seems a bit less certain."That would be great,"
he said. "But I don't know. I don't know what's going to happen. 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."