Dancing days are here again, especially if it has been a long time since you rocked and rolled.
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OK, enough bad Zeppelin lyric lifts, let’s get to the reunion tour, which reportedly lands at an arena near you in 2009.
According to the UK’s Sun, Robert Plant finally caved once he found out that the rest of the band — including guitar god Jimmy Page, bass deity John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham, the son of rock’s arguably greatest drummer John Bonham — was going ahead without him. The others were so committed to the idea that they were even auditioning singers for Plant’s role, and were rumored to have found an American to fill his shoes.
Once Plant absorbed the enormity of Led Zeppelin reuniting and touring without him, as well as the insane amount of money it would bring, he changed his mind and joined the party.
“He realized he couldn’t face the thought of not being involved,” a source told the Sun.
Yes, I’m sure it was just the thought he realized, and not the green. That said, it is simply killer to see that Led Zeppelin has resuscitated its legend long enough to remind early adopters and late comers alike why it was one of the most potent live acts of all time. It will be interesting to see how Led Zeppelin II, the band not the album, translates to Generation Xbox.
Would you see them? How much would you pay? Is Zep a legend whose time has passed, or is it still the best rock band not just of the ’70s, but of all time? I need these questions tackled. I’m going to have to take out a loan to see Led Zeppelin live. And I hear the banks aren’t lending jack these days.
Update: A note on Robert Plant’s website says he will be too tired after his current tour with Alison Krauss comes to an end to tour with anyone else for at least the next two years. Plant also issued a short statement: “It’s both frustrating and ridiculous for this story to continue to rear its head when all the musicians that surround the story are keen to get on with their individual projects and move forward. I wish Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham nothing but success with any future project.”