Led Zeppelin reunion: Everything still turns to gold

Lz_lIt’s been a long time since they rock and rolled. Almost 30 years, to be exact, since they last did a full set together. Sadly, I wasn’t among the lucky few who could spare $170,000 for a pair of tix to Monday night’s reunion concert at London’s O2 Arena, but this morning’s near-universal gushing would indicate that Led Zeppelin is still Led Zeppelin. I half-expected to read that it was a pompous, over-hyped embarrassment. That Robert Plant (left), 59, can no longer handle the challenging material he laid down back when he was a bare-chested pup. That Jimmy Page (right), 63, is too fried to capture the heavy-metal intensity of his levee-breaking days. But no, Zep proved that sometimes you really should believe the hype. And yes, they did play "Stairway to Heaven," and yes, lighters were lifted in the air.

So was this a one-off or a preview for the 2008 tour? Plant won’t commit. He was quoted in London’s Sunday Times, just before the show, flip-flopping back-and-forth between "It wouldn’t be such a bad idea to playtogether from time to time," and "We’re not having any more of that." But that was before he blew everyone away with last night’s show. And while the validation and adulation is sweet and nice, there’s also the little matter of money. Billboard crunched the numbers (based on the $70-$450 per ticket that the Rolling Stones get) and estimated that a 2008 Led Zeppelin tour could pull in as much as — brace yourself — $3.2 million. A night. That’s a whole lotta dough, and a pretty safe bet is it’ll get the Zeppers ramblin’ on tour once again. It kind of pisses me off that I’ll have to shell out $70 (a lot of money to me) for a nose-bleed seat buried within the humongous Continental Airlines Arena to catch it. But on the other hand, if they can command that kind of cash, who am I to begrudge them? Besides, they still bring the rock, and that’s the bottom line.

What say you, P-Dubbers? Sick of these classic rockers pilfering your paycheck so they can add another 7 figures to their bottom lines, or is a Zep reunion ("Kashmir!" "Dazed and Confused!") worth it at any price?

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  • Lyn

    I’d pay truckloads of money ($250+) for the following bands- Nirvana (not going to happen) and Led Zeppelin. IT’S LED ZEPPELIN! If they do tour- it should be for one tour only.

  • Mike in Moncton

    I think it’s kind of a drag how crazy concert ticket prices have gotten. Bands play for the money and nothing else, no matter what they claim. Concerts, like basketball games, are for the elite end of the public earners, and blue collars need not even think of it. Unless you want to get a loan or remortgage.

  • terri

    I had tickets for the last Led Zeppelin show in 79 and then John Bonham went and died. For Zeppelin only I would pay the outrageous ticket prices.

  • ronaldo

    I think there are a few bands worth shelling out the big bucks. Zep qualifies.

  • Kirsten

    So totally worth it. I can live without food for a month.

  • bigfan

    I’m in my mid-20s and a sizable Led Zep fan…I can’t imagine anything more amazing than actually getting to see them play live (even if it isn’t the whole original band). I’d definitely pay lots for that chance.

  • Elizabeth

    When was the last time they did tour, or performed more than just once every 5-10 years? Yeah, concert ticket prices, and sporting events too, are ridiculous, but I think a band like Led Zeppelin would be worth it. They don’t seem like its something they would do every 3 years just for the heck of it – I’m looking at you Rolling Stones. Wonder what those tickets, once they’ve been pilfered by online ticket brokers before they go on sale to the general public, would go for?

  • Tony

    Yeah, I’d totally go pay to see Zep. I don’t care, I thought I’d never have the chance.

  • Tessa

    I’ll bring the Depends, paw. Wake me up in time for the Early Bird dinner.

  • orville

    I would so totally pay big money to go see Zep. All they would really have to do is do 4-5 shows in the various regions–people would be willing to travel to see them. L.A., Chicago, New York, Houston or New Orleans maybe?

  • Joe C

    I would do it, yes. Led Zep are my fave band of all time, and even though this certainly isn’t Zep in their prime(by a long shot), I’d go. I saw the Who in 1989 on their reunion tour, and even though they weren’t in ‘vintage’ form either, it was still cool. Yep, I’d be there

  • Suz

    I would pay anything to see them live. best.band.ever.

  • Dan TO

    I don’t think money is the motivation. Zep was pretty thoroughly bashed by the press during their heyday and feel rightly that they haven’t been rewarded their proper place in history. I think the motivation would be more around reputation management and nothing would do more to their legend than a few occasional performances like Monday night, rather than the cash-grab world tour.

  • donner

    I can appreciate $70 being a lot of money, but you’ll be LUCKY if you ONLY have to pay that amt for a nosebleed ticket…I heard an interview with 2 guys who spent $15,000 (7500 pounds) on their tix for this concert…I bet tix will be going for $300 and more if these guys tour…(not asking price, but the price you’ll have to pay to get a tick cause you know they’ll sell out faster than you can dial the phone)…Led Zep is worth every $, better start saving your pennies N-O-W!

  • Katy

    Hell. Yes. Some of today’s “bands” should go–and take notes.

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