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Jimmy Page Coming Around to Music Games


Jimmy PageHmm. Could this be a hint that a Led Zeppelin game is in the works? According to The Rock Radio, Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page recently received the United Nations Pathways To Peace Award in Beijing. At the ceremony, he mused a bit about music games:

“It’s always a possibility that someone who’s playing those games may well want to actually take the step on their own. Or maybe they’re already playing guitar and they play that rock game. Y’know, it’s a fun thing to do, you get an understanding of the timing of music, with that you can have fun with on it. I think the most important thing is that with an instrument, you should just really have fun with it and enjoy it.”

The reason why this is so interesting is that Page has seemed pretty dismissive of music games in the past. Last summer, he scoffed at the idea of music games as a way of discovering new music, according to MusicRadar:

“You think of the drum part that John Bonham did on Led Zeppelin’s first track on the first album, ‘Good Times Bad Times,’” Page said. “How many drummers in the world can play that part, let alone on Christmas morning?”

So why the apparent change of heart? Could it be that seeing the Beatles treated with such respect has brought him around to the idea of participating in a music game? Could someone have thrown enough money at the band that they simply couldn’t refuse? Let’s not forget that Guitar Hero CEO Dan Rosensweig name-dropped Led Zeppelin in a November interview.

Or is this just a case of a public figure being diplomatic? What do you think?

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17 Comments

  1. Metallichris71 says:

    DO IT.

    Jimmy, do NOT go with GH. They will destroy it with bad graphics, inferior gameplay, and bogging it down with “guest” acts.

    You like the Beatles game? Then go with Harmonix. Otherwise, your avatar could end up playing ANYTHING.

  2. Mike says:

    Perhaps Jimmy had a chat with John Paul Jones- who already is in Rock Band.

  3. Aerosh0ck says:

    Rock Band better get to Zeppelin first if theres any inclination of them going into music games. I’d hate to see these guys get ruined by another GH Cash-In

  4. JODIsBack says:

    @Metallichris71 Stop making a fool out of yourself.

  5. Joe Rybicki says:

    Hey now, let’s not have any personal attacks around here. If you disagree with what another commenter is saying, you’re free to do so and explain why — but I won’t have random trolling and name-calling in the comment threads.

  6. Isaac says:

    It’d be really awesome if they did agree to do it. BUT, not with Guitar Hero. Rock Band (Harmonix) is the way to go. Harmonix knows how to get the job done.

  7. Josh says:

    indeed, the hmx job on the group-games its damn awesome, led zep desserve a beatles-like treatment.

  8. Aerosh0ck says:

    Hm… If they were to get a beatles like treatment to their own game… would they have dreamscapes? lol what would that be like?

  9. Johnny McPants says:

    I really hope Zeppelin goes with Rock Band. I will admit I enjoyed Guitar Hero 5, but they’re treatment of ingame celebrities is ridiculous. You can have Johhny Cash playing a song by Blink-182 with a group of Xbox Avatars, and Kurt Cobain just doing generally insulting acts. I think the only way to for Led Zeppelin to receive the glorified treatment they deserve is to go with Harmonix. Almost every staff member there is currently in or has been in a band, and knows how to present, and most importantly, respect music.
    And have I been waiting for some sweet Zeppelin tunes to rock out to.

  10. None better than Page says:

    Prefer Led Zeppelin Rock Band but GH5 is not as bad as people make it out to be so Guitar Hero Led Zeppelin is better than NO Zeppelin music game….

  11. Tagrineth says:

    You guys who are railing on GH for letting licensed characters play other bands’ music – have any of you played Lego Rock Band yet? lol

    Also why was licensed characters playing other crap such a big deal in gh5 when you could do it in GHWT just fine (Ozzy singing La Bamba, etc.)?

  12. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx says:

    @Tagrineth: With Lego Rock Band you could only play the artist on their perspective song. So there was no Lego Iggy Pop singing Kung Fu Fighting. Plus it had Lego Spinal Tap. That is awesome.

  13. DarkLordRaptor says:

    Well that is artists choice being able to sing other bands songs, you could only play as Jimi Hendrix on his songs on GH:WT. I don’t see how this is a big deal anyway. Its a game, it’s an equivalent of playing with action figures. If they get the main neversoft team to do it, it would be fine and not pass it off to a different activision owned developer such as Guitar Hero: Van Halen was.

  14. eron says:

    It really doesn’t matter to have famous characters’ avatars singing not apropriate songs, its just a matter of quality. Rock Band is a great music game that offers a genuine experience, and Guitar Hero is a poor copy, a franchise devoted to marketing.
    I realy hope Zeppelin goes with Rock Band.

  15. Joe Rybicki says:

    Let’s be honest, though: Would you pass on Guitar Hero: Zeppelin just because it was Guitar Hero? I know I couldn’t.

  16. A pleading fan says:

    Fat chance he’ll ever see this, but I shout it into the void all the same:

    Dear God, Jimmy, if you act on this please let it be with Harmonix and not with Neversoft. I’d rather see an LZ game designed with attention to detail and tone, and faithfully designed, with A SETLIST OF ACTUAL LZ SONGS — not you singing one of the Bon Jovi or Weezer songs that would make up half the setlist on a GH game, on Generic Exploding Stage #24,503.

  17. Pas26 says:

    Haha. Do you really think that you’ll be able to play songs with guest characters in future guitar hero games? Neversoft/Activision aren’t stupid, they WILL lock the guests to their own songs.

    Fanboys are ridiculous. I own both games but stupid arguments… just no.