Robert Plant emphatically squashes any hopes of a Led Zeppelin reunion



Led Zeppelin is in the midst of a 50th anniversary celebration this year, which has already resulted in the announcement of an upcoming live release, an illustrated book, and more. What it won’t include is any sort of reunion with the remaining original band members, based on recent quotes from Robert Plant.

Not that this comes as particularly surprising news, but Plant effectively put any hopes of a reunion to rest in an interview with Esquire.

“All those projects, well, they’re going to do somebody some good somewhere, and that’s good,” Plant said. “But you don’t even have to talk to me if all you want to know about is Led Zeppelin. Thirty-eight years ago John Bonham passed away, that’s all I know. That’s it. That’s the story. You know, Led Zeppelin was an amazing, prolific fun factory for a period of time, but it was three amazing musicians and a singer living in the times. Those times. That’s not going to stop me doing what I’m doing now. So that’s a headline, or not a headline. It doesn’t matter to me.”

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Plant went on to say it was important to continue to challenge himself, rather than appease to Led Zeppelin fans who want a reunion.

“If I didn’t I’d be a whore, and I’m never going to be that,” Plant said. “I’m only a singer, and therefore I can get bored really quickly. And if I get bored really quickly, what am I doing nearly 70 years old being bored? No chance. So I move on all the time.”

Plant is currently on a world tour in support of his new solo album Carry Fire, a tour that just announced a set of North American dates for the summer. He told Esquire time is more important to him at the moment than the money he could make from Led Zeppelin, and the music and tour he’s a part of now is something he’d much rather do.

“Time is the mighty rearranger. That’s what it’s all about,” Plant said. “If it’s easy, and it’s not of a great deal of consequence, okay. But when you’re in your seventies? You have to be really careful about maybe putting a bit more time into playing bingo, and enjoying the time you have left. For me, my time has got to be filled with joy and endeavor and humor and power and absolute self-satisfaction. That’s not with Led Zeppelin. That’s doing what I’m doing right now, with this band, on this tour.”

Click here for the full interview. And check out the recently announced tour dates below.

June 8: Atlanta, GA (Venue TBD) (featuring Elle King)
June 10: Richmond, VA (Richmond Raceway) (featuring Elle King)
June 12: Columbia, MD (Merriweather Post Pavilion) (featuring Sheryl Crow)
June 13: Forest Hills, NY (Forest Hills Stadium) (featuring Sheryl Crow)
June 15: Toronto, ON (Budweiser Stage) (featuring Sheryl Crow)
June 17: Chicago, IL (Millennium Park Pritzker Pavilion) (featuring Jon Langford)
June 19: Vail, CO (Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater) (featuring Seth Lakeman)
June 21: Berkeley, CA (Greek Theatre) (featuring Jim James)
June 23: Stateline, NV (Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena (featuring Los Lobos)
June 24: Pasadena, CA (Arroyo Seco Music and Arts Festival)
June 26: Troutdale, OR (Edgefield) (featuring Lucinda Williams)
June 27: Redmond, WA (Marymoor Park Amphitheatre (featuring Lucinda Williams)
June 29: Vancouver, BC (Vancouver International Jazz Festival)

Photo: By Joshrhinehart (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

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