Next year will be a big one for Led Zeppelin. It’ll mark the 50th anniversary since the legendary band formed in 1968. An anniversary like that ostensibly means some special events, releases and/or festivities, and guitarist Jimmy Page (who spoke with Rock Cellar a few years back about the band’s reissue series) has stoked those fires with a recent interview.
In a video conversation with the Academy of Achievement, Page amplified fans’ anticipation with statements such as this:
“There’ll be Led Zeppelin product coming out, for sure, that people haven’t heard. Next year will be the 50th year, so there’s all manner of surprises coming out.”
Led Zeppelin “product” that hasn’t been heard yet? That implies unreleased material in some form or another. And what could “all manner of surprises” mean? Mystery abounds.
(For some context, speculation is always flying regarding Zeppelin. Back in May, the rumor mills kicked into overdrive thanks to a cryptic message on the band’s official site. Some thought it might have meant a reunion show was coming up, but it wasn’t, as the message was revealed to be regarding Robert Plant’s 2017 solo album Carry Fire.)
Here’s the full video interview with Page:
Update: On Thursday, Zeppelin announced an official 50th anniversary book:
Led Zeppelin are pleased to announce that Jimmy Page, Robert Plant & John Paul Jones are collaborating with @ReelArtPress to publish the official illustrated book celebrating 50 years since the formation of the group.
— Led Zeppelin (@ledzeppelin) December 21, 2017