Jimmy Page Once Said His Drug Use Never Got Out of Hand, but 1 Led Zeppelin Album Paints Another Picture

Jimmy Page plays guitar during a Led Zeppelin concert. Page once said his drug use never felt out of control, but Led Zeppelin's later albums seem to tell a different story.
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page | Rob Verhorst/Redferns

Jimmy Page battled drug addiction during Led Zeppelin’s later years

Several tragedies hit Led Zeppelin in the mid-1970s. Singer Robert Plant nearly lost his leg after a car accident on vacation in 1975. His son died tragically two years later. And as the band labored to release 1979’s In Through the Out Door, Page battled his heroin addiction, as Rolling Stone wrote in 2019.

Led Zeppelin personified the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle of the 1970s. Jimmy Page was a living guitar god, the band had a string of chart-topping albums, and their concerts were must-see events. Part of the lifestyle included Page’s drug use, which he never felt got out of hand even though it nearly fractured the band.

In Through the Out Door usually sits near the bottom of the list when ranking Led Zeppelin’s albums. Part of the reason for that is the lack of Page’s incendiary guitar, which he provided on every album to that point. Years later, though, Page said he never felt his drug use was out of his control.

Jimmy Page’s drug use continued for several years of his life, including Led Zeppelin’s later period. In Through the Out Door may not be Zeppelin’s finest album, but at least he was around to play on it.

Page never felt his drug use got out of his control during his Led Zeppelin days, but his contribution to the band’s final album as a quartet was minimal. Still, he avoided becoming a rock ‘n’ roll casualty and reunited with his surviving Zeppelin bandmates years later. 

Musicians who died from drugs or alcohol litter rock music’s history. Page’s Led Zeppelin bandmate Bonham is one of them, but several other late-60s/early-70s artists died tragically. Page avoided that fate, and it allowed him to play together with Plant again years after Led Zeppelin broke up.

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How to get help: In the U.S., contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration helpline at 1-800-662-4357.

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