Back in May we heard about Jimmy Page’s frustration with Robert Plant over Plant’s refusal to do a Led Zeppelin reunion tour. At the time, Plant decried the highly commodified nature of reunion tours, expressing such reasonable sentiments as “I’m not part of a jukebox!” and “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.” Now Plant has weighed in again via the UK newspaper Express. Regarding Page’s ongoing effort to push for a reunion tour: “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 also said he offered to make some new music with Page so long as it was in the acoustic milieu that Plant currently prefers — essentially a rekindling of their ’90s Page And Plant partnership. “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.”
Guess Zep fans will have to settle for that reissue campaign, which continues with Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy in myriad formats on 10/28 via Atlantic/Swan Song.
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