Don’t be making budget plans for a tour anytime soon, Led Zeppelin fans.
In a very revealing interview with Rolling Stone, Zep frontman Robert Plant had a few choice words for those out there still hanging onto the hope of seeing the legendary rockers on stage together.
“I’m not part of a jukebox,” Plant told the magazine. “Do you know why the Eagles said they’d reunite when ‘hell freezes over,’ but they did it anyway and keep touring?” he asked. “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 has the opposite opinion, stating that the last show they did at London’s O2 Arena in December of 2007 was a tease for fans. The band originally had a tour in the works around the time of the reunion show – until Plant walked away from the idea and the group.
“There’s bound to be fallout if you just do one show,” he said. “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.”
There still may be a stairway to heaven, however. Plant hasn’t completely closed the door on fronting the band, stating that they need a reason to go out on tour and not just for nostalgic purposes: “Everything has to be new. Then you can incorporate history.”
Of course, the other scenario at play is that Page, bassist John Paul Jones, along with Jason Bonham – find themselves a singer. In fact, the threesome were looking into a tour sans Plant, and Steven Tyler and Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy even admitted to rehearsing with the band, but it never materialized.
Oddly enough, Plant even stated that he supported the idea of a new frontman. “They kept rehearsing after O2 and they had a singer,” Plant said. “I don’t know what happened. It seemed like a great idea to me.”