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Interview:
Guitar Heroes Rock In "Loud" Documentary
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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The marquee segment of the new Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth”) guitar documentary “It Might Get Loud” is a “summit” jam between the three subjects — Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, U2’s The Edge and Detroit native Jack White of the White Stripes Raconteurs and Dead Weather.

That’s a lot of six-string firepower in one room, but Page, who’s treated with elder statesman deference by the two younger players, assures us that nobody came in with a gunslinger mentality.

“All three of us are very strong character players,” explains Page, 65. “I love the part where I’m saying the guitar’s like a woman,’ I’m jesting about it, but then it cuts to Jack saying ... ‘You’ve got a conflict with it. You have to fight.’ It’s all wonderful stuff, ’cause it’s all true. All of it.

“It was really a very educational time. I learned a lot about both of them by doing this, and it was a really good time to be playing with them.”

Page did come to the summit with “presents,” however; rather than just existing material — though the trio did play Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time of Dying” — he also brought a pair of new songs, “a couple of sort of sketches” titled “Embryo No. 1” and “Embryo No. 2” that they were able to jam on.

“They just go to show I didn’t go in there thinking, ‘Let’s see what we can get away with from the past?’ ” Page says. “It was quite important, I felt, to actually have something that shows I’m still working on the guitar relative to just doing ‘Whole Lotta Love’ or something like that.

“It was more ‘Let’s show a complete picture,’ so you’ve got that kid (footage of a young Page on British TV) playing at 14 and you’ve got me playing on some things which are really pretty current for me. It brings it all the way ’round, I think.”



“It Might Get Loud” opens exclusively Friday (Sept. 18) at the Main Art Theatre, 118 N. Main St., Royal Oak. Call (248) 263-2111 or check listings for show times.

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