Thursday, May 8, 2014

Robert Plant explains why he passed on Led Zeppelin reunion tour

As Led Zeppelin promote the June release of expanded reissues of their first three albums, Robert Plant is once again being asked to address the issue of a reunion tour.

Seven years after the group teamed up with Jason Bonham (son of their late drummer, John) to perform a special one-off show at London’s 02 Arena – which resulted in the “Celebration Day” release – the singer tells Rolling Stone unapologetically, "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!"

Nearly all of Plant's peers are happy to deal with such a circus considering the massive financial rewards. "Good luck to them," he sneers. "I hope they're having a real riveting and wonderful late middle age. Somehow I don't think they are."

"Do you know why the Eagles said they’d reunite when 'hell freezes over,' but they did it anyway and keep touring?” Plant asks his interviewer. "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."

Robert refuses to make a statement forever ruling out the possibility of him fronting Zeppelin again. "I don’t think there’s any reason for me to do that," he says. "Otherwise we’ve got nothing to be mystic about...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."

On June 2 (June 3 in North America), Led Zeppelin will reissue their first three albums, each with a companion disc of bonus material.

Deluxe editions of "Led Zeppelin", "Led Zeppelin II" and "Led Zeppelin III" are the first projects announced as part of an extensive reissue program that will see all nine of the band’s studio albums reissued in chronological order, each remastered by Page.

Check out details on the reissues here.

See also:

Jimmy Page discusses Led Zeppelin reissues project
Jimmy Page to deliver commencement speech at Berklee College Of Music
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