Jimmy Page Is Fed Up

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.

Comments (17)
  1. They ripped off their own song?

    • Looks like someone changed the article’s title.

      This article’s title was originally, “Jimmy Page Is Fed Up With Robert Plant’s Refusal To Reunite Led Zeppelin; Meanwhile, They’re Finally Getting Sued For Ripping Off “Stairway.”

      Grammar can be tricky!

  2. As far as reunion’s go, they’re Led Zeppelin. They can do whatever the fuck they want and I’ll be fine with it. I remember reading an article a few years back with JPJ where he recommended anyone interested in seeing Zeppelin live go see a premium tribute band, as they would put on a better show.

    As far as the lawsuit, as much as 16-year-old me will hate me for saying this, they really due need to pay their dues. They were/are great songwriters in their own right, but unfortunately a few riffs or melodies were plagiarized, and some songs weren’t properly attributed.

    • on the other hand, they were drawing heavily from the blues tradition, which has never been big on copyrights. originality is overrated.

      • Fair enough. They certainly started being completely original around Houses of the Holy and so on.

        Apparently a large part of the problem was Page had asked Plant to come up with his own lyrics on some of the earlier blues numbers, so they wouldn’t have to give credit to the original songwriters, but Plant forgot/didn’t care. Still, they were phenomenal enough that I doubt anyone cares except those who think they can make money off of lawsuits.

  3. The two openings are close, but I don’t think its close enough for a royalty fee.

  4. Yes there is a section that is verbatim & Spirit & Led Zep shared the same stage many times
    & Fresh Garbage from Spirit’s S. T. LP was a part of early Zep Shows
    Yet there are so many other sections that make up Stairway that have absolutely no connection to Randy’s evocative instrumental. That being said it sure would be cool to hear Page verbally give Randy props for inspiring or appropriating that section
    but I’m not so sure a judge will see it as a co-write

    • hehe, both Page & Plant have, let’s just say, a lot of props to give. JPJ & Bonzo were really both quite original in their instrumentation. but Page and Plant both borrowed, pretty liberally, from a lot of people. to me, this one doesn’t even register at all compared to some other instances…

  5. I think a 5-10% share to Spirit would be reasonable but I’m not a lawyer.

  6. Led Zep needs to tour again. OWWWOOOOOOOO!

  7. Robert Plant wasn’t really cut out for singing bluesy hard rock anyway. They should just reform with Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus or some other real rock legend on vocals.

  8. This song predates both the Zep and Spirit recordings. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWeejHJxGjs

  9. JP should get the singer from Gruhak. Check them out on YouTube. http://youtu.be/NBth4antoRo

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