Led Zeppelin played that one fucking reunion gig all those years ago, and now, are selling it the fans in the form of a film called “Celebration Day.” They’ve been doing press to promote it, and basically, all they’ve been saying is there will be no reunion.
I have it on good authority the band will play one reunion show next week in New York at the 12/12/12 concert, but who knows if that’ll actually end up happening.
Jimmy Page has spoken to the buttholes at Guitar World for the magazine’s January 2013, and Page tells folks not to expect much from the band
“From a concert like that [one that happened years ago], you would have thought that there might have been some sort of whisper or hint about another gig over here or over there, for maybe very, very good reasons — you know, charitable causes or whatever,” says Jimmy. “Well, there wasn’t. That’s it. That’s all I can tell you. I wouldn’t expect that there would be any more concerts, really.”
Oh well. Look, for some reason, Robert Plant just doesn’t want to do it. So we all need to just move on with our lives.
“It is what it is, isn’t it?,” says Jimmy. “So under those circumstances, when it was getting in three and a half years after the concert, I thought. We’ve got to pay some attention to this show. I’ve got to look at the footage and just go in, in an objective way, with a really positive attitude of knowing that we did a really great show, and that Jason [Bonham] had played marvelously. His father would have been so proud of him. And that was the way to go in and look at the O2.”
Page also denied rumors that Plant was going to be replaced.
“You see, what we did — doing all of the rehearsals — was not to play any new stuff, not to get sidetracked. After it was done, Jason, myself and John Paul Jones felt it was the right thing to do to go in and start playing new material and see how we were getting on. I thought that, really, we should play on our strengths and start working on quite a lot of music. We had a few things together, but Robert had his Alison Krauss project to promote. There was talk about bringing in some other singers, but that would have changed the character of what we were doing, and done it rather suddenly. There was a lot of… I won’t say pressure but a lot of hinting about “this singer and that singer.” And for me, it was more about, ‘Let’s see what we can really do.’ But I don’t think we really got a chance to do that.”
Page says he’d rather not just go out with Led Zeppelin and play old songs. He’d want some new stuff to play. But of course, he doesn’t think that will happen.
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