Robert Plant has once again shot down the possibility of a LED ZEPPELIN reunion, telling RollingStone.com that a full-fledged tour following the band’s historic 2007 reunion concert at London’s O2 arena was never in the cards.
“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,” Plant said. “We were surrounded by a circus of people that would have had our souls on the fire. I’m not part of a jukebox!”
When told that nearly all of his peers are seemingly happy to deal with such a circus considering the insane financial rewards, Plant replied, “Good luck to them. I hope they’re having a real riveting and wonderful late middle age. Somehow I don’t think they are.”
He added later in the interview: “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.”
Guitarist Jimmy Page, who, like Plant, is promoting the June 3 reissues of ZEPPELIN‘s first three albums, told RollingStone.com: “There’s bound to be fallout if you just do one show. At the time of the O2 show, we were led to believe there were going to be more. You’ll have to ask Robert why he changed his mind. I don’t even know if he considered it. I don’t know what he thinks.”
After the the O2 Arena concert, Page and bassist John Paul Jones were looking for a way to keep working and tried out several singers, including AEROSMITH‘s Steven Tyler and ALTER BRIDGE‘s Myles Kennedy.
“Singers were being thrown at us from here and there,” Page said. “The material we were coming up with was really, really good. Obviously, other people wanted to just get us out on the road quickly. I wasn’t feeling comfortable. Going out with the three members from the O2 show and another singer might have looked like trying to jam a square peg into a round hole. I wanted to see what we could come up with musically.”
During LED ZEPPELIN‘s 2012 New York City press conference to publicize “Celebration Day”, Robert Plant admitted that the pressure of making music under the LED ZEPPELIN moniker is tremendous. “I think expectations are horrific things,” he said. “I mean, if you go off and play in North Africa, or something like that, you just, you know you’re going to have a good time and you’re going to work with people and there’s nothing else about it. That’s how we started, in a little room with Jason‘s dad [Bonham] all that time ago. So, to actually, to do anything at all together is such a kind of incredible weight, because I think we were really propelled by Jason and his enthusiasm.”
Coming on June 3 will be deluxe editions of LED ZEPPELIN‘s first three albums: “Led Zeppelin”, “Led Zeppelin II” and “Led Zeppelin III”. The launch of the reissue program, which is being led by Jimmy Page, includes the band opening “its vaults to share dozens of unheard studio and live recordings, with each album featuring a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album.”
The albums are being issued in six different versions — the Super Deluxe Box; Deluxe Edition; Deluxe Edition Vinyl; Single CD; Original Album Vinyl; and Digital Download.