JIMMY PAGE: His Crowning Achievement Was…
Performing at the Olympics in 2008.
Jimmy Page certainly has a lot to be proud of in a career that has spanned 50 years — his work as a session musician; being a member of The Yardbirds; forming Led Zeppelin and The Firm. But when asked what his crowing achievement has been outside of Zeppelin, he says it was his performance of “Whole Lotta Love” with singer Leona Lewis at the closing of the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
He says, “I’d be very sincere if I said that doing the Olympics with Leona Lewis was phenomenal. She’s really plucky, she’s superb, and she sang ‘Whole Lotta Love’ brilliantly. We managed to do the full length version of it — it wasn’t edited — and she sang it beautifully. It was so cool the way she approached it… It was a Led Zeppelin number but it took on another persona. I was proud to be able to play that riff for the handover.”