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Robert Plant says Pink Floyd’s ‘Live 8’ reunion inspired Led Zeppelin’s O2 concert

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Photo by David Wolff - Patrick/Getty Images

Robert Plant says that Pink Floyd’s 2005 one-off reunion show at “Live 8” inspired him to reform with Led Zeppelin, according to Floyd’s five-song set at London’s Hyde Park marked the final time that Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and the late-Richard Wright ever performed as a foursome.

Robert Plant told Planet Rock magazine, “I liked what Floyd did at ‘Live 8’ — a quick one-off and let’s leave it at that. They did it for a good cause. It was the same when Zeppelin did the charity show for (Atlantic Records co-founder) Ahmet (Ertegun). We had a prolonged affinity with Ahmet, so if there was ever a reason for (a reunion) to happen, that was it. But the idea of doing it next summer and the summer after that and so on is enough to break me out in hives.”

Back in 2017, Plant looked back at the O2 gig, telling Rolling Stone that the 2007 reunion “. . . was magnificent. We hit a home run that night, which is something that we were really fearful of. There was probably more riding on that than we would care to believe. Our performance was crucial, but we could reproduce sound in a much more reliable way, so we could be kickass, and sound kickass. Some of those horrific gigs way back were lacking in quality.”

Robert Plant North American Tour dates (subject to change):

June 24 – Pasadena, CA – “Arroyo Seco Weekend” at Brookside Golf Course
August 16 – Watkins Glen, NY – “Woodstock 50” at Watkins Glen International
September 13 – Fredericton, NB – Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival
September 17 – Philadelphia, PA – The Mann Center (with Nathaniel Ratliff and the Night Sweats)
September 20 – Indianapolis, IN – Outlaw Music Festival
September 21 – Louisville, KY – Bourbon & Beyond Festival
September 23 – Clear Lake, IA – Surf Ballroom
September 25 – Moorhead, MN – Bluestem Center For The Arts Amphitheatre
September 27 – Missoula, MT – KettleHouse Amphitheater
September 29 – Spokane, WA – First Interstate Center For The Arts
October 1 – Salt Lake City, UT – Eccles Theater
October 3 – Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheater

Side Notes:

Led Zeppelin has announced the band’s first officially sanctioned documentary. The 50th anniversary film is currently in production, with the still-untitled film being directed by British filmmaker Bernard MacMahon, best known for his sprawling documentary on the birth of the American song, titled American Epic.

The film, which has no release date, will only feature surviving members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones telling the story — with “no outside voices or conjecture.” The doc will only focus on the band’s formation and winds up with the 1969 release of Led Zeppelin II.