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Robert Plant ‘disappointed and baffled' by Jimmy Page's take on Led Zeppelin reunion
So who's to blame for no new Led Zeppelin projects -- Jimmy Page or Robert Plant? Although Plant has long been thought of as the lone holdout in the group reuniting, it seems that an offer was made by him, which Jimmy Page chose to pass on. Plant, who's receiving good notices for his Sensational Space Shifters album Lullaby And. . . The Ceaseless Roar, spoke to the NME following the announcement of the next two Zeppelin reissues on October 28th -- Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy -- and addressed Page's claims of him being uninterested in teaming up, saying, "I feel for the guy. He knows he's got the headlines if he wants them. But I don't know what he's trying to do. So I feel slightly disappointed and baffled."
Plant revealed that he proposed working again with Page -- and presumably Zeppelin -- in an acoustic capacity: "A couple of years ago, I said, 'If you've got anything acoustic, let me know. I'll give it a whirl.' It was hands across the water. He just walked away. But we couldn't do anything proper. The weight of expectation is too great."
Back in May, Page told The New York Times that Plant was blocking the return of Led Zeppelin: "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?”
In June, during Plant's recent press conference in Morocco to publicize the Sensational Space Shifters' shows, Plant addressed Page's comments, saying, "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.”
When we last caught up with Robert Plant, we asked him what the bottom line was regarding him resisting a full scale Led Zeppelin reunion: "It's not that I've been obstructive. It's just that it meant what it meant when it meant it, and beyond that there was no story, and with John's (Bonham) passing and all that stuff, it was gone. There's no need for it.”
• Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham died on September 25th, 1980 of pulmonary edema, which is fluid accumulation in the lungs. He was 32-years-old.
• Zeppelin -- with Jason Bonham sitting in for his father on drums -- last performed on December 10th, 2007 at London's O2 Arena. The show marked the band's first full concert since their final show with John Bonham on July 7th, 1980 in Berlin.
• Prior to 2007, Zeppelin had performed public mini-sets on July 13th, 1985 at Live Aid in Philadelphia's JFK Stadium, with Jason Bonham debuting on drums on May 14th, 1988 Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary Concert at New York's Madison Square Garden, at Jason Bonham's 1990 wedding, and at Led Zeppelin's 1995 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which also featured Jason behind the drums.
Did you know?
Earlier this year, Led Zeppelin's recent live set, Celebration Day, recorded during their 2007 London reunion concert, won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album beating out releases from Black Sabbath, David Bowie, Queens Of The Stone Age, Neil Young with Crazy Horse, and Kings Of Leon.
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