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talking with...Jimmy Page

Few bands have the staying power of Led Zeppelin . Although the band split up after the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980, their influence runs the gamut from Puffy Combs to Nirvana. "The music keeps resurfacing, doesn't it?" notes guitarist Jimmy Page, 56, who recently performed with the Black Crowes and has now assembled Latter Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin Volume Two. "If it's not us, it's somebody doing a version of us."

Why is Zeppelin still so popular?

Individually the musicians were good, but together everyone improved. We played many styles and broke new ground.

Do you mind your imitators?

It's a testament to our passion. I still get asked, "Will you approve a riff in this song?" It's incredible.

Will you release more material?

There's a lot of stuff, including footage and tapes of live shows going back to 1970. But it depends on the other members. If they're not behind it, I can't be bothered.

How about another collaboration with Robert Plant?

He's declined. I'm glad to blow off some steam with the Crowes.

Do you still love to tour?

I love it--I never know what I'm going to do. Who knows what might happen? There's a lot left in me yet.

Joseph V. Tirella

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