Led Zeppelin is no doubt among the most popular rock bands of the 1970s. In 1968, the former Yardbirds guitarist Jimmy Page formed the band. With the participation of Robert Plant, John Bonham, and John Paul Jones, the band we know as Led Zeppelin was born.
With their diverse musical style, Led Zeppelin achieved fame after influencing the development of heavy metal and hard rock. However, they also were inspired by various genres, such as psychedelic rock, blues, and folk, to create their distinctive sound.
Led Zeppelin’s first four albums are considered rock classics, and they significantly contributed to their fame. After all these years, the band’s classic hits like ‘Kashmir,’ ‘Dazed And Confused,’ ‘Black Dog,’ or their most known ‘Stairway To Heaven’ are still widely popular.
After a phenomenal career, Led Zeppelin disbanded following Bonham’s tragic death in 1980. Since then, the band’s surviving members collaborated periodically and appeared on stage together on several occasions. Every time the fans saw them on stage performing together, they expressed their wish for a reunion.
The performance which most raised the hopes for a reunion was the 2007 Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert in London. Following the speculations for a new reunion, the band members revealed their eagerness to play together. However, things were not the same for Robert Plant.
Jimmy Page Thought Robert Plant Is Preventing Led Zeppelin’s Reunion
Back on December 10, 2007, Led Zeppelin reunited for the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert in London. For the concert, Jason Bonham took his father’s place on drums. The show was a huge success, and with 20 million requests submitted, it set a record for the Highest Demand For Tickets For One Music Concert.
The performance achieved critical acclaim, and following that, the fans started to speculate about a full reunion. Although Page, Jones, and Jason Bonham were willing to work and tour together, Plant wanted nothing to do with that. Disappointing the fans, he continued touring with Alison Krauss and stated he would not record or tour with the band. Jones and Page then looked for a replacement for Plant, but later abandoned the project.
In an interview by the New York Times, Jimmy Page recalled those days and revealed his frustration about Plant’s refusal. He said that Plant knows what the other band members think, and he is just playing games. Following that, he said that he is fed up with that.
Jimmy Page told the New York Times that:
“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?”
Following Page’s remarks, Robert Plant responded to him in an interview by the National News, saying that he needs to have some rest and think again. He then claimed that they ‘don’t speak on the same page’ although they have a great history together.
Plant told the National News that:
“I think 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.”
It is known that almost every Led Zeppelin fan would be delighted to hear the news about a full reunion. However, it seems impossible as Robert Plant thinks Led Zeppelin belongs to nostalgia.