Robert Plant On Led Zeppelin Reunion: ‘I’m Not Part of a Jukebox!’
It’s hard to believe it has already been seven years since Led Zeppelin regrouped for a one-off performance at London’s O2 Arena, headlining the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert. Tickets sold out faster than the speed of light, and got everyone talking about a full blown tour. Everyone that is, but singer Robert Plant, who has been very vocal about his lack of interest in reliving his past.
“You’re going back to the same old s—,” he emphatically told Rolling Stone,.”A tour would have been an absolute menagerie of vested interests and the very essence of everything that’s s—ty about about big-time stadium rock. We were surrounded by a circus of people that would have had our souls on the fire. I’m not part of a jukebox!”
The reunion path has pretty much become the standard for classic rock bands. Break up, reunite and wait for the money to roll in. But Plant sticks to his guns and doubts all the old acts are enjoying the ride. “Good luck to them,” he says sarcastically, “I hope they’re having a real riveting and wonderful late middle age. Somehow I don’t think they are.”
Still, Plant says the potential windfall has little to do with why bands get back together. “Do you know why the Eagles said they’d reunite when ‘hell freezes over,’ but they did it anyway and keep touring? 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.”
Plant was the lone holdout when the idea of a full-on reunion tour was brought up following the O2 show. That idea apparently still gets brought up daily according to guitarist Jimmy Page.”People ask me nearly every day about a possible reunion,” Page wearily says, “The answer is ‘no.’ It’s been almost seven years since the O2. There’s always a possibility that they can exhume me and put me onstage in a coffin and play a tape.”
Plant chimes in with what could be the final word on the subject. “I don’t think there’s any reason for me to do that,” he said. “Otherwise we’ve got nothing to be mystic about.” As to whether the band should carry on without him, he gives that idea a surprising thumbs up. “They kept rehearsing after O2 and they had a singer. I don’t know what happened. It seemed like a great idea to me.”
“Everything will develop as it develops,” Plant concludes somewhat cryptically, “All doors are open. All phone lines are open. I don’t hear from anybody. Talk is cheap. But I just think everything has to be new. Then you can incorporate history.”