The Reason Jimmy Page Refused Ozzy’s Project
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Ozzy Osbourne just recently announced the completion of his new album featuring a lot of rock’s iconic musicians, but it was also revealed that Osbourne’s team invited Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page to take part on the record, but refused the offer.
One of the artists featured on Osbourne’s album is Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. During one of his interviews, Smith shared that Page didn’t accept the invitation saying:
“We tried to get Jimmy Page… but I don’t think Page plays anymore too much, unfortunately.”
Although, according to Page’s latest interview with Classic Rock, the guitarist said he is working on his own project, stating:
“There’s various things I’m working towards. It’s not just one thing, it’s multiple things, and I don’t want to even give a hint, because if you do … you give a one-sentence sound bite, and then if it doesn’t materialize, it’s like: ‘Why didn’t you do a solo album? Diazepam ’ So I don’t want to say what it is that I’ve got planned, because I don’t want to give people the chance to misinterpret it.”
He also added:
“I really can’t put on record what the new record is. I’ll leave it to your imagination. The thing is there are so many ways I could present myself right now. Actually, not right now. I’ll rephrase that: within a space of time!”
In the recent years, Page shared that he wanted fans to see him playing the guitar in public again and without giving too much detail, he also guaranteed that there will a new material coming from him. During the pandemic in 2020, Page said that he is motivated to return to the stage.
As to not taking part on Osbourne’s project, Page explained:
“I will never be one of those people who’ll record alone and send someone a file. I never went into music in the first place to do that – it was for playing together.”