guitarist Jimmy Page
is set to receive an honorary doctorate of music degree from the prestigious Berklee College of Music
during a special May 10 ceremony.
Taking place at Boston University's Agganis Arena, the ceremony will also honor jazz pianist Geri Allen
, singer, songwriter and producer Valerie Simpson
of Ashford and Simpson
fame and jazz trumpeter Thara Memory
."It's truly an honor to be the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate at Berklee as the music of America has been a primary driving force in my early years and pivotal to my musical development,"
Page stated in a message to Rolling Stone
In related news, Led Zeppelin have announced full details of upcoming reissues of the band's first three albums. Described as the first part of an "extensive reissue program,"
the package consisting of "Led Zeppelin
," "Led Zeppelin II
" and "Led Zeppelin III
" will hit the shelves on June 3 featuring classic material remastered by Page, along with a few bonuses in the deluxe edition."The material on the companion discs presents a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin,"
Page stated. "It is a selection of work in progress with rough mixes, backing tracks, alternate versions and new material recorded at the time."