It looks like Jimmy Page.com will
be launching on July 14, if the murky green Roman numeral IX and the adjacent
hourglass on his “under construction” home page is any indication. As for the
significance of the date? It’s nine days until a full moon in Capricorn, and as the cognoscenti
know, Page was born on January 9—who among us doesn’t remember the jeans that the Dark Lord wore during their 1973 tour, emblazoned with his
astrology symbols: Capricorn Sun, Cancer Moon, Scorpio Rising.
Important but perhaps not as significant was on July 14, 1985, the three surviving members of Led Zeppelin appeared together at the Live Aid show in Philadelphia, performing for the first time since John Bonham’s death in September 25, 1980.
While Page has been characteristically mum about the project, he did allow at the Ivor Norvello Awards last May, "At the moment, I'm constructing a website because I've had the domain name but I've not had a website, so I'm constructing that. I think that will bring a few surprises to how thing normally are. Once that's done, then I'm going to start working on some new music."
Page will be further unmasked when Brad Tolinski’s Light & Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page tome is released in 2012. The Zep guitarist does very few interviews, but over the years he has consistently spoken to Tolinski, Guitar World’s Editor-in-Chief, revealing things that he has never spoken about elsewhere—like the details of his wardrobe, telling Tolinski in 2010: "I was alternating between black outfits and white outfits on the '77 tour as a form of ritual. I was definitely putting things together in a way that no one else was doing at the time. I really believe music is an alchemical process, and the clothes were just a manifestation of how things were going and materializing. The outfits were more than just stage clothes; they were talismanic."
Page isn’t the only one
concerned with talismen. Bright Eyes, that emo cosmic traveler has a couple of
newish t-shirts for sale on his website. First there’s an hourglass, no doubt
caged off a Page website and then a shirt with its own Ouija board, proving you can be your own psychic, as if The People’s Key didn’t already prove
that. In case you missed his cosmic ramble, Oberst is releasing an EP of live
tracks simply dubbed Live Recordings.
The six-track digipack is available on his official website but only sold in Europe at HMV. Three of the tunes are from The People’s Key, with three of his own personal live favorites thrown in for balance. This not only marks his last official act as Bright Eyes—he’s retiring the name at the end of the year after 16 years—but it’s only the second time our favorite control freak has consented to release anything live—the first being 2005’s Motion Sickness.
Here’s what’s on the EP:1. Firewall
2. Shell Games
3. Arc Of Time
4. Bowl Of Oranges
5. Lover I Don’t Have To Love
6. Ladder Song