Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page says that he always wanted to match the ferocity and power of the band's music with how he lived his life, saying "I'm 70 years old and I've still got a twinkle in my eye."
Speaking to Dave Fanning during an interview broadcast on 2fm this morning, Page said he was "cool" with answering questions about Led Zeppelin's hell-raising reputation in the 1970s but maintained the music was always more important than the madness.
"I wanted to enjoy myself. I wanted to take whatever I could possibly do as a musician as far as I possibly could and I wanted to live my life in exactly the same way in every area," he said. "I'm 70 years old now and I've still got a twinkle in my eye. There were a lot of people who didn't make it through. I'm a very fortunate man to still be here.
"But what's more important - the tabloid headlines or the music? I know what's important. I know what I set out to do. Me and my fellow band members set out to make music that would really stand up.
"I didn't think at the time that it would stand up for as many years as it has but quite clearly it has and I'll tell you what, what's more important, I know what's more important to me - the music or the headlines?"
Page has masterminded Led Zeppelin's nine albums for re-release featuring rarities and out takes from the original sessions. The band's epoch-making first three albums are out tomorrow, June 2.
Click on the link above to listen back to Dave Fanning's full interview with Jimmy Page.
Dave and Jimmy Page...and fabulous drapes! pic.twitter.com/N8D5cVr5cA— Dave Fanning (@Davefanningshow) June 1, 2014