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New Jimmy Page Solo Album

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Contactmusic.com reported Sunday that legendary former Led Zeplin guitarist Jimmy Page is making a “radical” solo record. His first solo record since 1988’s “Outrider.” Contact says that fans should be prepared to “Open their expectations.”

While specifics about Page’s new material have yet to take shape, he had the following to say when asked about his reasons for his newly found musical ambition:

“I think it’s very important to do some musical statements with new material and that’s exactly what I plan to do over the forthcoming year. Musically it will be a different picture in quite a radical frame, I hope. I’d like to try some ambitious projects. But we’ll see.”

The Last time Page went against expectations was in 1998 when he collaborated with rapper/Producer Sean “Puffy” Combs on his rap rock track “Come With Me.”  Sampling the famed Led Zeplin song, “Kashmir” as a very obvious backdrop to three Puff Daddy rap verses was seen as disrespectful, and caused a rippled backlash from both fans and esteemed rock vets alike.  “Come With Me” simultaneously earned Combs his 5th consecutive top 5 hit, and Page an indelible blemish on his otherwise illustrious career to his loyal fans.

However, it is important to note that reactions from younger listeners varied depending on awareness of the Zeppelin hit’s significance that was at the time released 23 years before the Godzilla movie soundtrack that carried the Page and Puffy collaboration. Considering it has now been nearly 30 years since Led Zeppelin’s break up, it will be interesting to see what kind of audience Page decides to consider, and if appeal Led Zeppelin fans of the 70’s will even be a priority.