Zitat des Tages von Jimmy Page:
I would say New York, Chicago, Memphis, and Los Angeles were my favorites.
You'll find so many of the guitarists from the '60s will all say Lonnie Donegan was the influence.
I think it was that we were really seasoned musicians. We had serious roots that spanned different cultures, obviously the blues.
I don't really want to go on about my personal beliefs or my involvement in magic. I'm not interested in turning anybody on to anybody that I'm turned on to.
I always felt if we were going in to do an album, there should already be a lot of structure already made up so we could get on with that and see what else happened.
If I'm going to put my image into something, I'll put my image into something that I actually feel like I'd like to do.
My first guitar was like a campfire guitar. And it was left at a house that my family had moved into... and the guitar was at the house. It was all strung up. It's normally something that would be beyond a bit of rubbish.
Time sometimes passes quite quickly.
The fourth album encapsulated some remarkable music that was really groundbreaking. We were able to have something like 'When the Levee Breaks,' which, sonically, was very menacing. But then you had the flip side: something like 'Going to California,' which is really intimate.
Almost the moment he died, they put him in Playboy as one of the greatest drummers, which he was - there's no doubt about it. There's never been anybody since. He's one of the greatest drummers that ever lived.
Led Zeppelin was an affair of the heart. Each of the members was important to the sum total of what we were.
There is no point in putting out 'The Complete BBC Sessions,' and someone's growling that you missed something.
I may not believe in myself, but I believe in what I'm doing.
I don't think the critics could understand what we were doing.
The only way to have time is to shut down and then do what you want to do.
From the first album, Led Zeppelin was always going to be a totally new approach from what had gone before - whether it was approaching the blues or folk music like 'Babe I'm Gonna Leave You': nothing existed like that.
You want that - peers respecting what you're doing.
The album's not dead for me; I still buy vinyl albums.
The one person who's disappeared out of the business is the A&R man. Because the listener at home becomes the A&R man. He's the one who chooses what tracks he wants on the album. And that's cool.
But to put out a greatest hits on one CD was totally impossible, I just couldn't do it. The best compromise was to put out two CDs - Early Days - which is what it is - and Latter Days.
I have one of those gravel-y voices with no range to it.
I'm just looking for an angel with a broken wing.
I always believed in the music we did and that's why it was uncompromising.
Our intent with Led Zeppelin was not to get caught up in the singles' market, but to make albums where you could really flex your muscles - your musical intellect, if you like - and challenge yourself.
'Communication Breakdown' - it was punchy and direct, with a real attitude that was different to other bands going around.
Isolation doesn't bother me at all. It gives me a sense of security.
I've played guitar in so many different styles, and I want to revisit them all.
I wasn't on 'You Really Got Me,' but I did play on the Kinks' records.
Because somebody plays guitar, why does it mean they need a singer? Because people already have this image of things? No, I'll put my music together, then think about whether I need to embellish it with a singer.
Playing in my early bands, working as a studio musician, producing and going to art school was, in retrospect, my apprenticeship. I was learning and creating a solid foundation of ideas, but I wasn't really playing music.
Let me explain something about guitar playing. Everyone's got their own character, and that's the thing that's amazed me about guitar playing since the day I first picked it up. Everyone's approach to what can come out of six strings is different from another person, but it's all valid.
I'm pretty loyal to my guitars, you know, but then they're pretty loyal to me, too.
That's one of the problems with the Zeppelin stuff. It sounds ridiculous on MP3. You can't hear what's there properly.
In the wake of the San Francisco scene, ears were alive. It was a listening generation.
Listening to John Bonham is just a sheer celebration of his playing - it can't help but fill you with so much joy.
Led Zeppelin was a band that would change things around substantially each time it played... We were becoming tighter and tighter, to the point of telepathy.