Jimmy Page to speak to Berklee grads

Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, left, and Jimmy Page at the Kennedy Center Honors two years ago. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)


We have a whole lotta love for Berklee College of Music after learning that Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page will be delivering the school’s commencement address May 9. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also will receive an honorary degree, joined on the dais by R&B songwriter Valerie Simpson, jazz pianist Geri Allen, and trumpeter Thara Memory. The incomparable Page, who turned 70 in January, will address the school’s 880 graduates — and nearly 6,000 guests — at the Agganis Arena. The night before, a collection of Berklee students will pay tribute to the honorees with a concert featuring their music. No word on whether Page will take part, but Annie Lennox and Willie Nelson, who received honorary degrees from Berklee last year, did perform.

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