The Led Zeppelin Rumor That Deeply Offended Jimmy Page

When you’re very famous, everyone around you would want to get a piece of that cake. It’s difficult to keep your patience and inform the world about yourself with only your decisions. Many celebrities have become victims of rumors and some of those rumors stuck to them and were accepted as the truth by the world. Sometimes, celebrities cannot strip off the lies told about them and have to live like that in the public eye for the rest of their lives. There is also the phenomenon of not believing what comes out of a person’s mouth but believing what has been told about them by other people, and it’s one of the struggles of being famous.

Jimmy Page is one of the most talented musicians out there, and he made a name for himself during the years he worked with Led Zeppelin after that when he continued doing what he does best and remained musically active. It’s redundant to say that he has inspired and influenced so many people all around the world, whether he met them in person or not. However, some people have offended him after their personal interactions by making up things about Page that didn’t happen. One of the events that angered Page was when Zeppelin’s former road manager released a book full of stories about the band members that didn’t happen.

We don’t know for sure if the entire book is false, but Richard Cole released the book in question, ‘Stairway to Heaven: Led Zeppelin Uncensored,’ in 1992. One of the events described in the book angered Jimmy Page, and he expressed his anger in 1993 by stating that he could sue Cole for his lies in the book. The guitarist could not continue reading the book because he knew he would become very angry. Despite the fact that he could have won a strong lawsuit against the road manager, Page decided to let it go for the sake of his own sanity.

According to Cole’s book, Robert Plant went to Page’s house and wanted to make a song like ‘Babe’ by Joan Baez. Later, Robert Plant picked up a guitar and played some arrangements that later became ‘Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You.’ However, Page was so angry because he had worked on the arrangement of the song way before Plant visited him at his house, and he was determined to make the song himself. He didn’t ask Plant if he could do it.

Here is Page’s entire rage:

“This is a good time to clear something up that I’ve really taken offense to. There’s a book written by our former road manager, Richard Cole that has made me completely ill. I’m so mad about it that I can’t even bring myself to read the whole thing. The two bits that I have read are so ridiculously false, that I’m sure if I read the rest I’d be able to sue Cole and the publishers. But it would be so painful to read that it wouldn’t be worth it.

The one false story has to do with ‘Babe Im Gonna Leave You.’ The book claims that when Robert came to my house to initially discuss the band, I played him a recording of Joan Baez singing ‘Babe’ and asked him, ‘Can you imagine us playing something like this?’ The book claims that Robert picked up my guitar and started playing me the arrangement that eventually appeared on the album. Arrrghh! Can you believe that?

First of all, I had worked out the arrangement long before Robert came to my house and secondly, Robert didn’t even play the flippin’ guitar in those days!! Thirdly, I didn’t ask him if he could imagine playing that song, I told him that I wanted to do it. And you can take that right to the horse’s mouth.

That’s just in the two pages that I read. You can imagine how inaccurate the rest of the book must be. That’s a definite punch in the nose. I’d love to know who his source of information was.”

At the time of this interview, Page was very angry about the whole depiction of his talents and personality, and he was greatly offended. He felt so angry that he wanted to “punch” the source of this information in the nose. The former tour manager was removed from his position years before the release of this book because the band couldn’t get along with him. John Paul Jones also explained that Cole would mix and match events to create an interesting story because he was a drug addict who needed the money.