So who's to blame for no new Led Zeppelin projects -- Jimmy Page or Robert Plant??? Although Plant has long been thought of as the lone holdout in the group reuniting, it seems that an offer was made by him, which Jimmy Page chose to pass on. Plant, who's receiving good notices for his Sensational Space Shifters album Lullaby And. . . The Ceaseless Roar, spoke to the NME following the announcement of the next two Zeppelin reissues on October 28th -- Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy-- and addressed Page's claims of him being uninterested in teaming up, saying, "I feel for the guy. He knows he's got the headlines if he wants them. But I don't know what he's trying to do. So I feel slightly disappointed and baffled."
Plant revealed that he proposed working again with Page -- and presumably Zeppelin -- in an acoustic capacity: "A couple of years ago, I said, 'If you've got anything acoustic, let me know. I'll give it a whirl.' It was hands across the water. He just walked away. But we couldn't do anything proper. The weight of expectation is too great."
- Back in May, Page told The New York Timesthat Plant was blocking the return of Led Zeppelin: "I was told last year that Robert Plant said he is doing nothing in 2014, and what do the other two guys think? Well, he knows what the other guys think. Everyone would love to play more concerts for the band. He’s just playing games, and I'm fed up with it, to be honest with you. I don’t sing, so I can't do much about it. It just looks so unlikely, doesn't it?"
- In June, during Plant's recent press conference in Morocco to publicize the Sensational Space Shifters' shows, Plant addressed Page's comments, saying, “He needs to go to sleep and have a good rest, and think again. We have a great history together and like all brothers we have these moments where we don’t speak on the same page, but that’s life.”
- When we last caught up with Robert Plant, we asked him what the bottom line was regarding him resisting a full scale Led Zeppelin reunion: "It's not that I've been obstructive. It's just that it meant what it meant when it meant it, and beyond that there was no story, and with John's (Bonham) passing and all that stuff, it was gone. There's no need for it."
- Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham died on September 25th, 1980 of pulmonary edema, which is fluid accumulation in the lungs. He was 32-years-old.
- Zeppelin -- with Jason Bonham sitting in for his father on drums -- last performed on December 10th, 2007 at London's O2 Arena. The show marked the band's first full concert since their final show with John Bonham on July 7th, 1980 in Berlin.
- Prior to 2007, Zeppelin had performed public mini-sets on July 13th, 1985 at Live Aid in Philadelphia's JFK Stadium, with Jason Bonham debuting on drums on May 14th, 1988 Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary Concert at New York's Madison Square Garden, at Jason Bonham's 1990 wedding, and at Led Zeppelin's 1995 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which also featured Jason behind the drums.
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- Earlier this year, Led Zeppelin's recent live set, Celebration Day, recorded during their 2007 London reunion concert, won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album beating out releases from Black Sabbath, David Bowie, Queens Of The Stone Age, Neil Young with Crazy Horse, and Kings Of Leon.
INTERNET OPINIONS via RollingStone.com and Ultimate Classic Rock -- agree or not???
Eric The Redhearted wrote: "These comment sections in Led Zeppelin reunion stories all read exactly the same don't they?
rlj1010 wrote: "The comments remain the same."
Disbott3000 wrote: "Man, I don't want to see Robert Plant spend his remaining years unhappily fronting Led Zeppelin and not being true to his artistic leanings. He has given us more than enough Led Zeppelin. Let's just let the guy do the kind of music he wants to do NOW and be happy, ok? If you don't care for it, then just ignore it and revel in Page's reissues."
Carlos DeLeon wrote: "As much as I love Led Zeppelin, I have to agree with Robert Plant. Now, something acoustic, maybe a new Plant/Page record would be great. But I think the time for a Led Zeppelin tour has passed."
weirwolf wrote: "nothing would be bigger than a Led Zeppelin reunion, but I have to admire Plant for not succumbing to the pressures and doing it. Unlike a band like the Stones who can play forever, a band like Zeppelin is never going deliver like it used to. Plants voice isn't the same, Page doesn't play as intensely as he used to, and the most obvious is you're missing John Bonham! Sure Jimmy is missing being up there, as any musician would, but the legacy and mystery of the sickest rock band in history will remain intact and that's enough to live on for Plant I guess. As much as I'd love to see it, I respect his decision to move forward musically and not live in the past."
Conrad Stinnett wrote: "I’d like to see Page, Plant, Jones and company concentrate on doing some good new tunes. The formula for their success was to do good music and not cater to expectation. None of their albums were like the others, something critics beat them up about."
MK wrote: "I think Robert mentioned that acoustic project in his book--which would have been awesome since they used to do that with the full band back in the say probably minus John for a few songs. I think they could put together an amazing set list from their acoustic songs, and stay true to the original arrangements from the albums, and live sets but I understand Jimmy want to rock. Don't we all."
Robert-Pudge Kolar wrote: "Plant's new music sucks..."
Crasan Elgin wrote: "jimmy should be putting an album out every six monthes with lots of different musicians , i would if i was him... be the musician you used to be , make music, you don't need plant to do that"
Sebastian Fudali wrote: "This is all marketing trick, give uncertain information and people will buy it, as well as the remasters, this is what it is about, to sell."
CHECK IT OUT: Led Zeppelin in May 1975 performing "Going To California" live at London's Earls Court:
Robert Plant Still Not Interested In Led Zeppelin Reunion