Now that he’s closed the book on Led Zeppelin after finishing work on the band’s latest reissue series, Jimmy Page is ready to get to work on his first solo album since 1988’s Outrider.
“Next year I’m just going to be working on the guitar,” he announced in a recent interview. “It’s time for me to go out there and do a solo album — my last solo album was 1988. I haven’t really milked the situation; it’s time to do another one.”
While it’s still too early to discuss details, Page tipped his hand far enough to make it clear he’s after an eclectic, wide-ranging record. “I’m known for playing many styles of guitar,” he pointed out. “I need to revisit all the different styles I can play.”
At this point, it’s still unclear who — if anyone — will be joining Page in the studio, or whether the finished album will include any vocals. “I’m not thinking about singers,” he said. “I’m thinking of an instrumental thing — I want to work with my strengths rather than my weaknesses. I want to work with myself, I want to get myself up and running and once I’m ready I’ll think about whether I need someone to sing on the music.”
Beyond the completion of the album, Page remains open to resuming live performance, although as with his studio work, the details are still up in the air. “I want to be playing live again, but that won’t be until next year,” he added. “I want to start in the U.K. I’ve got ideas but I want to wait to see what happens.”