Jimmy Page Is Fed Up With Robert Plant’s Refusal To Reunite Led Zeppelin; Meanwhile, They’re Finally Getting Sued For Ripping Off Spirit On “Stairway”
Robert Plant and Jimmy Page have been exchanging barbs for a few years now since Plant walked away from the group following their 2007 reunion show at London’s O2 Arena. He’s been adamant about never reuniting again and recently reiterated his stance in Rolling Stone a couple of weeks ago. “A tour would have been an absolute menagerie of vested interests and the very essence of everything that’s shitty 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!”
After their reunion plans were put on hold, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Jason Bonham continued to hold secret rehearsal sessions and considered going on tour with someone else stepping in as the lead singer. Plant even gave his blessing to go ahead without him — “It seemed like a great idea to me.” He refuses to completely deny that a reunion could happen and gets a little weird and cryptic towards the end of the interview, seemingly putting the blame on the rest of the band members rather than himself. “Everything will develop as it develops. All doors are open. All phone lines are open. I don’t hear from anybody. Talk is cheap…But I just think everything has to be new. Then you can incorporate history.”
Jimmy Page is having none of it. In an interview with The New York Times a few days later, he said: “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 other Zeppelin news, the group is finally getting sued for possibly ripping off the opening chords of “Stairway To Heaven” from Spirit’s “Taurus.” BusinessWeek published a lengthy look at the controversy that’s being brought up again because of the upcoming reissues that are being released of all of Zeppelin’s discography. The first three albums are coming out in a few weeks which means that IV (which is the one that “Stairway” is on) is up next. Spirit bassist Mark Andes is working with Philadelphia lawyer Francis Alexander Malofiy to make sure that a proper writing credit is attributed to guitarist/singer Randy California on the song. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about this one once it makes its way to court.