The premiere of Becoming Led Zeppelin last week couldn’t have gone any better, according to Jimmy Page.
Page was at the Venice Film Festival last weekend, where the first-ever official Led Zeppelin documentary was shown at two different screenings. The rock icon attended both events and says he was utterly humbled by how audiences reacted to the film and to his presence there.
“The audience bestowed such affection before the viewing it was quite overwhelming,” he Instagrammed.
“As the film progressed the enthusiasm intensified and certain sequences were followed by applause. The audience were really connected and it was interesting to witness the communication and enthusiasm the event and the film were generating. After the closing credits, the audience rose to their feet and gave us another standing ovation, a thank you that I can’t convey in words, but boy did I feel it.”
View this post on Instagram
Page also attended the midnight showing. Again, he and director Bernard MacMahon received an ovation before they could begin their introduction.
“It was so energising to feel the love, joy and anticipation from the public,” he added.
“The world press from the next couple of days was equally encouraging. They had had a private viewing so the questions were totally relative to the film documentary. The film had clearly touched the hearts of both audience and critics alike.”
An official release date for Becoming Led Zeppelin should be announced in the coming weeks.
The film is described as a deep dive into Led Zeppelin’s career that goes beyond what typical music documentaries cover.
The film features rare and previously-unreleased media, new interviews with surviving band members Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones and long-lost archival interviews with late-drummer John Bonham.
Watch the teaser clip here…