Ian Astbury’s Led Zeppelin Fanboyism Gets The Best Of Him

noah | November 20, 2007 5:10 am

Did The Cult’s Ian Astbury get hopped up on goofballs and spill the beans about his band opening up for Led Zeppelin’s long-rumored, probably inevitable reunion tour next year while on stage in Cincinnati? If this account of Saturday night’s Cult show at Bogart’s nightclub is true, then the answer is yes! And also, he is in a lot of trouble.

“We’ll be back next year,” a breathless Astbury said midway through the band’s gig at Bogart’s nightclub Saturday night. “Because we’re opening for a band you may have heard of … the name starts with an ‘L’ and has a ‘Z’ in it.” Stunned looks bounced around the room until one sweat-drenched superfan shouted out the obvious: “Led Zeppelin!” Astbury, his eyes hidden behind dark shades, nodded affirmatively and stuck his hand in the air triumphantly before plowing into one of the band’s signature Zeppelinesque rockers.

Aww, that’s so cute! But reps for either of the bands aren’t commenting, although the news that Led Zeppelin is working on a new song for their upcoming appearance at the O2 Arena could be a sign that the band is planning on longer-term things together. Or maybe not! Either way, I think the below song probably sums up how Led Zep is feeling about Astbury right now:

A “fire(d) man,” get it? Oh, fine. I just wanted an excuse to post this video, OK?

Led Zeppelin To Tour In 2008 — With The Cult? [MTV]