Jimmy Page says that previously unheard LED ZEPPELIN material will be released next year to coincide with the band’s 50th anniversary.
In a new 50-minute video interview for the Academy Of Achievement, Page was asked about ZEPPELIN hitting the half-century mark, and he said: “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.” You can watch the video below.
Page remastered the band’s catalog for a series of expanded reissues that wrapped up in 2015. All nine Led Zeppelin studio albums, including 1982’s leftovers set Coda, came with bonus discs that collected outtakes and other previously unreleased music from the era. An expanded edition of The Complete BBC Sessions followed in 2016.
At the time the remastered reissues came out, Page said that pretty much all of the band’s studio outtakes were collected on the bonus discs, but there’s definitely some still available (like the epic long version of “All My Love”).
In October, Led Zeppelin News reported that engineer John Davis, who worked with Page on the remasters, posted a Facebook update that said: “Today I am mostly mastering Led Zeppelin.” The post was deleted, but as Led Zeppelin News notes, the Page interview was filmed on Oct. 19, shortly before Davis’ post, so when the guitarist says “I’m working on that,” it could refer to unearthed music he’s remastering with Davis.
Right now, it’s unclear whether these previously unheard Led Zeppelin tracks will be more studio leftovers, like the majority of the bonus cuts found on the 2014-15 remasters, or live songs, since there’s likely plenty of unreleased concert recordings in the band’s vaults.