Friday, October 1, 2010

Robert Plant talks Led Zeppelin reunion

“I think we’re probably thinking about talking.”

- Robert Plant

Just the mere mention of a Led Zeppelin reunion is enough to stop most music fans dead in their tracks.

Following Zep’s one-off show at the 2007 concert tribute to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, fans obviously wanted more…and, in a new interview with the A.V. Club, Robert Plant has hinted that a Zep reunion remains a possibility.

“I think we’re probably thinking about talking,” Plant said.

Competing with one’s own legend has to be difficult, at best, and impossible, for most, as the sounds and images of the past remain embedded in fans’ hearts and minds. If outsiders had concerns whether or not the mighty Zeppelin could fly again in 2007, imagine the questions and pressure the inner circle faced, themselves. “I was driven to distraction with fear and reminiscences and huge reflections of my mortality and, like, can I do it?,” said Robert. “Is it best I leave it as it was? Is it some kind of pulsing fun machine? But we had to do it. We had to say goodbye to Ahmet properly, and that was a great way of putting a lot of things back in the box that were all over the floor.”

Drummer Jason Bonham recently talked about his pre-reunion jitters. "My biggest Spinal Tap moment was a stupid one, as well,” he told Nightwatcher's House Of Rock. “When we were rehearsing for the Zeppelin O2 gig, I was having an argument with my drum pedals. I actually took them outside, and drove over them several times with the car. Shouting at them and telling them they'll never work again. That would have to be the stupidest one that I could think of."

If the afterglow remained for Robert, it wasn’t enough to convince himself that the time was right for Zeppelin to do more in 2007. “I’ve been there,” he says. “It’s great, but I’ve been there in that form. And I think everybody feels the same, really. It’s not even a talking point. I don’t know how many times Stephen Stills has been asked about whether or not he wants to go back to Buffalo Springfield. Maybe he and Neil got out in time before it actually had the same kind of effect. I’ve still got a twinkle in me.”

Plant returned to his solo career without hesitation, while the other players (Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham) pressed on, writing and rehearsing new material for about a year following the 02 Arena gig.

Jones went on to form Them Crooked Vultures with Dave Grohl and Josh Homme, while Page has dabbled in a few projects: he played at the closing ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics; co-produced and appeared in the documentary “It Might Get Loud,” and released a photo book about his life.

At least one member continues to hold the Zep flame high these days, as “Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience” tour launches next week.

While fans wait for more news about Zeppelin’s status, Robert Plant is keeping an eye of the simple things and the big picture, simultaneously. “There’s no reason for anything. Just do stuff that makes you smile. No pressure. Just sing.”

Led Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin – The Song Remains The Same
O2 Arena, London, UK – December 10, 2007

Led Zeppelin – Rock And Roll
O2 Arena, London, UK – December 10, 2007