For the past decade, the song has remained the same for Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant about the possibility of the classic rock band’s reunion.
Now the internet is buzzing with what NME describes as a cryptic post from Plant’s website.
A few weeks ago, the singer posted “Any time now…” Diehard fans are interpreting the message as something more than the next Sensational Space Shifters project or a solo effort.
Feel Numb is reporting industry sources confirm Plant has agreed to reunite with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones for the second Desert Trip concert taking place this fall in Southern California.
“Rumor has it they turned down a reported $14 million payday to play at last year’s festival and that this year there are ‘millions and millions’ of more reasons why they should do it,” Feel Numb’s Raul Rossell II reported.
The group last performed in 2007 at London’s The O2 with Jason Bonham sitting in for his deceased dad, John (“Bonzo”). Despite the obviously lucrative pull off a high-profile reunion, Plant over the years has remained steadfast in his disinterest.
In 2014, when asked about Led Zeppelin’s future, he famously told Rolling Stone, “You’re going back to the same old s***. A tour would have been an absolute menagerie of vested interests and the very essence of everything that’s s****y 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.”
Still, Plant’s relationship with Zeppelin after its 1980 breakup has been fickle. The group reunited in the ‘80s for Live Aid and the Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary concert before the singer teamed up with Jimmy Page for an album and tour in the mid-to-late ‘90s under the name Page/Plant.
Then roughly a decade later came the 2007 gig, with more than 20 million people worldwide putting in for tickets. The performance was captured on the 2012 “Celebration Day” DVD release. Timewise, a Led Zeppelin reunion seems about due.
The irony about Plant’s comments is he apparently has no problem playing Led Zeppelin tunes with anyone else aside from his old bandmates. A concert last year in Europe included the classic rock group’s “What Is and What Should Never Be,” “Black Dog” and “Whole Lotta Love.”
Conventional wisdom suggests if he’s going to play the ZoSo songs and ostensibly be part of a jukebox, he might as well make a whole lotta money.