Getting The Led Out

Jimmy Page is working on surprises for the group’s 50th anniversary

By Gary Graff
December 21, 2017

Jimmy Page plans to plunge back into Led Zeppelin’s vaults for the group’s 50th anniversary in 2018.

The Zep founder and guitarist says in a new video for the Academy of Achievement: “There’ll be Led Zeppelin product coming out, for sure, that people haven’t heard, because I’m working on that. Next year will be the 50th year, so there’s all manner of surprises coming out.”

Page didn’t get specific, of course, but whatever happens will follow an extensive catalog reissue campaign during 2014-15 that added scores of bonus tracks to the group’s nine official studio albums. The guitarist formed Led Zeppelin in 1968 as the New Yardbirds, changing its name later in the year and releasing its first two albums during 1969.

The group split up during 1989 after the death of drummer John Bonham and reunited on rare occasions, the last time in 2007 in London with Jason Bonham sitting in for his father. Various reunion rumors surface at regular intervals but none have panned out.