Led Zeppelin isn't getting back together to tour, said the band's singer Robert Plant in an interview with Rolling Stone
published this week.
"You're going back to the same old s***," he said with scorn. "A tour would have been an absolute menagerie of vested interests and the very essence of everything that's sh**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!"
Fans had hoped that the year the band spent preparing for 2007's reunion show at London's O2 Arena meant that they would reunite for their first tour since 1980, and were dismayed to learn soon after that Plant walked away after the show.
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Many in the entertainment industry have made tens and hundreds of millions of dollars on reunion tours from globally-recognized bands like U2 and the Rolling Stones, and estimated a Led Zeppelin tour could be the first to gross $1 billion in a single tour. Plant seems to find this appalling, and continues to reject the very notion of such a tour.
"There's bound to be fallout if you just do one show," guitarist Jimmy Page has said in recent years. "At the time of the 02 show we were led to believe there were going to be more. You'll have to ask Robert why he changed his mind. I don't even know if he considered it. I don't know what he thinks."
Plant, 70, originally met with the Rolling Stone reporter at a pub near his house in North London to discuss the group's new archival releases coming out this summer which feature never before heard songs, but ended up talking emphatically about the tour idea.
"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," he explained.
Page reports that the band had many offers to go on tour with a replacement singer after the 2007 performance, but decided that, "Going out with the three members from the 02 show and another singer might have looked like trying to jam a square peg into a round hole."
In the meantime, bassist John Paul Jones was invited by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme to play in their new supergroup, Them Crooked Vultures. The group won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2011 for their hit single, "New Fang."
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