Phil Collen On Jimmy Page: ‘He’s Much More Than A Guitar Player’


During a recent interview with DiMarzio, Def Leppard’s lead guitarist Phil Collen talked about his guitar influences, such as Eddie Van Halen, Brian May, and Jimi Hendrix. His list also included Led Zeppelin icon Jimmy Page and according to Collen, he’s so much more than just a guitar player since Page uses his guitar as a tool, which is an aspect people often miss.

Nearly all guitar players have named Jimmy Page as their inspiration since he is known for creating one-of-a-kind guitar riffs using different techniques. His unusual methods include playing his guitar with a cello bow and various alternate guitar tunings to create technical and melodic solos. Many fans refer to Page as a guitar genius, and Rolling Stone even ranked him No. 3 in their list of the ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,’ after Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.

In his recent interview, Phil Collen revealed his opinions on multiple legendary guitar players, including Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore, and Jeff Beck. As expected, Jimmy Page was also on Collen’s list, and according to him, Page cannot only be referred to as a guitar player. This is because the guitarist is also a composer and producer.

Furthermore, there are numerous layers to Jimmy’s music. If you ask Def Leppard’s guitarist, Page has an aspect that people often miss; using his guitar as an entire tool rather than just playing a riff or solo. When all of this is combined, Jimmy Page isn’t just a guitar player; he’s a brilliant musician who has the whole package.

During the interview, Collen said:

“I think from listening to everyone, from Al Di Meola, Ritchie Blackmore, Jeff Beck, Jo Pass … I mean, the gamut. The whole lot. And different approaches, and different methodology, and what they’re actually trying to achieve. It’s like I always get onto this thing when people talk about Jimmy Page as a guitar player, and I say well he’s so much more than a guitar player.

It’s like a recorded document of … he’s like a composer, as a producer. All these different things. There’s so much depth in the music. I mean, it’s not just the guitar, but that just happens to be his tool. And I think a lot of people miss that with him especially.”

Just like Phil Collen, numerous other musicians think of Jimmy Page as an artist rather than just a guitar player since he is regarded as the mastermind behind many of Led Zeppelin’s songs. As Collen stated, many fans forget this aspect of Page and see him as an immensely successful guitar player, whereas he has multiple other skills.