Jimmy Page Scarlett Sabet interview with Tatler
As the Rolling Stones release their new hit Scarlet, the song’s writer – Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page – and his girlfriend Scarlett Sabet welcome Tatler to their Gothic castle

As the Rolling Stones release a new song featuring Jimmy Page, entitled ‘Scarlet’, Tatler revisits a feature from the June 2020 issue, in which a west London street offers a portal to a private paradise. In their Gothic fortress, septuagenarian Led Zeppelin rock god Jimmy Page and luminous poet Scarlett Sabet live a saintly existence sustained mostly by love and tea, found Clare Conway

Led Zeppelin fans often stop outside the Tower House, an imposing redbrick castle in front of Holland Park, and wait, vinyl and pen in hand, for Jimmy Page to emerge. ‘To them it’s sort of like Abbey Road,’ says Scarlett Sabet, a poet, 30 years of age and Page’s girlfriend of six years. If the devotees are lucky, they might catch the man himself, the 76-year-old guitarist and founder of one of the best-selling rock groups in history, on his way out, ambling towards KFC for lunch. Page might stop and chat, but he never signs his autograph and won’t pose for selfies.

Sometimes the lurkers grow impatient. ‘Is Jimmy in?’ they call to his assistants, Natalie and Lionel, as they head up to the house. ‘He’s away,’ they shout back. ‘But’ – a fan insisted one time – ‘I just saw Jimmy in the window.’ ‘That was a cardboard cutout,’ Natalie replied solemnly. She laughs now as she tells the story.

You can spot the remarkable building from all the way down the tree-lined road off Kensington High Street – its Gothic façade, stained-glass windows and turret leap out from among the many lovely multimillion-pound mansions that surround it. It’s notable, too, for being next door to Robbie Williams’ home. A long-running dispute between the two musicians has decorated newspaper pages and kept the Kensington and Chelsea planning committee busy. The source of the trouble involves Williams’ plan for a hefty ‘iceberg’ basement extension. The work, Page has argued, could cause ‘possible structural damage’ to his Grade I-listed house. There have been insults: Robbie had to apologise for likening Page to someone with ‘a mental illness’. Today, though, Sabet explains, she can’t talk about it for legal reasons. ‘But I can say that Jimmy just wants to protect the house,’ she says.

You can see why. It’s quite some place, this heavy-metal mecca. A weighty, fortress-style wooden door leads on to a tiled porch, before another, internal door swings open to reveal such an abundance of gilding and plasterwork, such majestic walls of marble, such an extravagance of painted ceilings that it elicits a symphony of sighs. In one room, there’s a ceiling of stars, each with its own little mirror.

Read the entire article at: https://www.tatler.com/article/jimmy-page-scarlett-sabet-interview-london-house-rolling-stones-song

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October xx, 1968 - Led Zeppelin is recorded
October 19, 1968 - Final performance as the New Yardbirds
October 31, 1969 - Led Zeppelin II is released in the US
October 17, 1969 - Bonham is thrilled to play Carnegie Hall where Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa have performed
October 23, 1970 - Led Zeppelin III is released in the US
October xx, 1970 - The press lash out at the band over the Led Zeppelin III acoustic content
October xx, 1971 - Page and Plant venture around Thailand and India after the Japan tour
October 18, 1972 - Zeppelin rehearse at the Rainbow Theater for a UK tour
October xx, 1973 - Each member performs an individual film sequence for their concept film
October 31, 1974 - Swan Song hosts a party for the launch of its UK division
October xx, 1975 - Led Zeppelin decide not to tour and concentrate on recording new material
October 20, 1976 - The Song Remains The Same premieres at New York’s Cinema One
October xx, 1977 - Jimmy starts assembling a Led Zeppelin live album from recordings as far back as 1969
October xx, 1978 - Jones and Bonham record with Paul McCartney at Abbey Road Studios
October xx, 1978 - Rehearsals for In Through The Out Door in London
October xx, 1979 - All nine Led Zeppelin albums enter the Billboards Top 200 -- no other band has ever achieved this
October 10, 1980 - A private funeral is held for John Bonham at Rushock church in Worcestershire
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