Think you know everything about Led Zeppelin? Think again.
Jimmy Page and Robert Plant cracked open the vault (literally, a vault) to find previously unreleased material from all nine of their albums for an upcoming "super deluxe album series." The first three will be released on June 3.
Page has been spending hours tucked away in a London studio, where he reviewed archived material from a super-secret vault in West London. The tracks are kept alongside negatives of Harry Potter films and other British treasures.
"I left no stone unturned," the Page, 70, told Rolling Stone. "I can't have anyone else do it because I want it done properly. I dread to think how it could have been thrown together if I wasn't around."
He avoided bootlegs, whenever possible. "I was pretty diligent with my detection work," he says. "I didn't want to put together a compilation where ninety percent of it had been bootlegged. I asked a guy that runs one of the fanzines if he's heard any of this material before. He told me he hadn't. That was a really good feeling."
Some of the band's early material, however, is forever lost in time, especially their early shows. Of their four-hour set at the 1969 Boston Tea Party show, only 90 minutes survived. "I remember it well," says Plant. "I remember a guy banging his head on the stage until it bled."