A few weeks ago, Robert Plant informed the world that he would not be hitting the road with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and son-of-John Bonham in an attempt to squeeze money out of fans of Led Zeppelin, because he was pretty happy performing bluegrass with Alison Krauss and he really needed a two-year vacation or so. This led to many rumors of Page, Jones, and Bonham auditioning other lead singers–including the dude from Alter Bridge–although they were never confirmed. Until this weekend, when Jones took the stage at a guitar show in the UK and told the crowd that a) yes, there may actually be a Led Zeppelin reunion tour in the works (provided that the global economy doesn’t completely crater and people don’t have to start taking shelter in the arenas that would play host to the shows) and b) Robert Plant is basically a wuss these days:
One of the things you find yourself saying about music when you’re a teenager, along with “I like everything except country,” is “I respect them, but I don’t like them.” You say this partially to not look like the sort of ignoramus who doesn’t appreciate Yngwie Malmsteen’s tapping technique, and partially because you don’t want to piss off your friends. But it turns out this simple formulation stands in for an entire complex relationship between bands and their audience. Kevin Roberts, CEO of marketing giant Saatchi & Saatchi, calls the sweet spot where loving and respecting come together a “lovemark.” And there’s a graph!
According to Dee Snider, yes! Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Jason Bonham are itching to
rake in oodles of cash play the music of Led Zeppelin all around the world, even though lead singer Robert Plant has decided that he’s all about things like “bluegrass” and “taking two years off” these days. So they’re going to do something drastic–something that will definitely divide fans of the band in two even more than Coverdale/Page did. They’re going to get the guy from Alter Bridge–you know, the band that Creed eventually became once Scott Stapp sweated his way out of that particular spotlight–to take Plant’s place! Let’s hand it over to the Twisted Sister frontman, who was shooting off his mouth on the Canadian music-video station MuchMoreMusic:
Robert Plant has taken to his personal Web site to denounce rumors that he’s getting back together with the other guys in his old band, Led Zeppelin, for any reason other than a nice meal or a night of drinking: “Contrary to a spate of recent reports, Robert Plant will not be touring or recording with Led Zeppelin,” the statement, er, states. Not only that, once Plant’s done with this Alison Krauss tour, he’s taking the next two years off from doing anything music-related! Which I guess means that the “no, really, this time Led Zep is definitely getting back together for real” speculation will begin anew come October 2010. Plant’s full statement after the jump.
How do you get Robert Plant to agree to a full-scale Led Zeppelin reunion when he’s reluctant to leave his project with Alison Krauss behind just so he can play decades-old music every night and rake in a lot of cash? Apparently, you tell him the band’s moving on without him.
OK, listen, residents of the British Isles. When I, in my post about the UK’s Vodafone Live Music Awards last month, wrote “I don’t want to ask for too much, but if the Spice Girls could beat out Led Zeppelin [in the Best Live Return category] somehow, I’d be rather pleased.” last month, I wasn’t entirely being serious. Still, I appreciate that somehow, you all managed to pick up my joke and run with it for long enough to make Spice Girls greater than Led Zeppelin, at least in the world of British awards shows of dubious necessity. I can only imagine the disappointment Jimmy Page is feeling right now.
I’m guessing Robert Plant got a bit of a chuckle from the Olympics’ closing ceremony yesterday, which featured his former bandmate Jimmy Page performing “Whole Lotta Love” with British semi-superstar Leona Lewis in honor of China handing off ownership of the Summer Games to the UK. While Lewis’ Aguilera-like run through the song was decent, if fairly predictable, one commenter on a fake YouTube clip of the event pointed out that “You have to admire the subtle genius of choosing a song about the size of Robert Plant’s dick as the theme for the handover to London 2012.” Although given all the speculation about Michael Phelps this year, maybe the song choice was super-appropriate? Anyway, for the fashion-conscious among you who are wondering just what on earth Lewis is wearing at the outset of the song, I’ve posted a better-resolution shot after the jump. More »
Hey, did you hear that Led Zeppelin reunited this weekend? Well, it was just John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page, who took the stage with the Foo Fighters at Wembley Stadium for “Rock and Roll” and (as seen above) “Ramble On,” but that’s not stopping the NME from running with the headline “Led Zeppelin reunite at Foo Fighters show.” To celebrate this momentous occasion, let’s play a game of “Are You Really At A Led Zeppelin Reunion Show”!
We should have assumed the quote attributed to David Coverdale by The Mirror about Led Zep’s tour plans was less than legit. Where was the jovial swearing and whimsical wordplay? The true (and truly profame) Coverdale contacted Classic Rock magazine to clarify. “What fucking world tour, we ask ourselves? We’re already out on our Good To Be Bad world tour, thank you very much!” More from the bastard child of Rod Stewart and David St. Hubbins below.
And this time, the person fanning the rumor flames is none other than former Robert Plant fill-in and self-proclaimed “long-time pal” of Jimmy Page David Coverdale, who told the UK’s Mirror “I’m expecting a call from Jimmy any day asking my band Whitesnake to support them on their world tour. More »