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Robert Plant: 'Led Zeppelin reunion without me was a great idea'



Jimmy Page has confirmed that Led Zeppelin were working on new material without Robert Plant after their reunion concert in 2007 - and Plant has stated he thought the band would have been a good idea.

Page told Rolling Stone that he and John Paul Jones played their one-off comeback show at London's O2 in December 2007 "having been led to believe there would have been more shows". Insisting he doesn't know why Plant changed his mind, Page added that he, Jones and late drummer John Bonham's son Jason worked with replacement singers including Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Alter Bridge's Myles Kennedy.

"They had a singer," Plant said. "I don't know what happened. It sounded like a great idea to me." Page confirmed that bassist John Paul Jones joining Them Crooked Vultures with Josh Homme and Dave Grohl effectively killed the reformation. He said: "That was a pretty definitive statement."

Asked if there would be any future Led Zeppelin shows, both Plant and Page said it would be unlikely. Plant said: "You're going back to the same old shit. A tour would have been an absolute menagerie of vested interests and the very essence of everything that's shitty about about big-time stadium rock. We were surrounded by a circus of people that would have had our souls on the fire. I'm not part of a jukebox." Page added: "People ask me nearly every day about a possible reunion. The answer is no. It's been almost seven years since the O2. There's always a possibility that they can exhume me and put me onstage in a coffin and play a tape."

However, Plant didn't entirely rule out the possibility of future shows. He said: "Everything will develop as it develops. All doors are open. All phone lines are open. I don't hear from anybody. Talk is cheap, but I just think everything has to be new. Then you can incorporate history." Comparing the chances to those of The Eagles, who reformed in 1994 after a 14-year split, Plant said: "Do you know why The Eagles said they'd reunite when hell freezes over, but they did it anyway and keep touring? It's not because they were paid a fortune. It's not about the money. It's because they're bored. I'm not bored."

From: NME

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March 17, 1969 - A four-song performance is filmed for TV Byen in Denmark (aired on May 19, 1969)
March 21, 1969 - Zeppelin’s debut TV appearance on "How It Is"
March 25, 1969 - Filming session for the Supershow
March xx, 1970 - The band turns down many TV offers worth large sums
March 05, 1971 - Led Zeppelin started a 12-date "Thank You" tour for British fans, appearing at the clubs from their early days and charging the same admission prices as in 1968. The first show was at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland where they played songs from their upcoming fourth album, including the first public performances of Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California and Rock And Roll.
March 12, 1972 - Page and Plant rehearse some songs with the Bombay Orchestra
March 25, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finally release Houses of the Holy after production issues with the album cover
March 28, 1973 - Led Zeppelin released Houses Of The Holy in the UK. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed "houses of the holy". Houses Of The Holy has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.
March xx, 1974 - The band decide to release a double album due to the amount of left over studio material
March 29, 1975 - Led Zeppelin saw all six of their albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week, alongside their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1. Physical Graffiti has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.
March 15, 1975 - Tickets for the Earls Court shows sellout within four hours
March xx, 1976 - Jimmy speaks with reporters mentioning the new album due out called Presence
March 31, 1976 - Presence is released
March 28, 1977 - Zeppelin arrive in Dallas, Texas to rehearse before opening the eleventh tour of the US
March xx, 1978 - Robert and John spend some time hanging around the Midlands
March 26, 1979 - Robert takes lead vocal at a Bad Company gig in Birmingham
March 04, 1980 - John Bonham makes a TV appearance on "Alright Now" with Bill Connolly
March 26, 2006 - Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.
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