'Led Zeppelin are over!' (Or not?)

Ledzepplinpage_l"Led Zeppelin are over!" Jimmy Page’s manager is telling reporters today. "If you didn’t see them in 2007, you missed them. It’s done. I can’t be any clearer than that." That sure does sound like a final death knell for the long-brewing rumors that Page, John Paul Jones, and Jason Bonham (son of late drummer John Bonham) would get back together for a tour or even an album without reunion-shy frontman Robert Plant. Of course, just a couple days ago this same manager was eagerly stirring up those very rumors in interviews. So who’s really to say whether any or all surviving band members might change their minds again tomorrow?

Even as a pretty big Zeppelin fan, though, I can’t say I’m too disappointed at this news. I’m still kicking myself for missing that lone ’07 reunion show, where Plant joined the Page/Jones/son-of-Bonham lineup. But with Plant busy recording awesome bluegrass albums or riding unicorns or whatever it is that he likes to do with his free time, a repeat of that event has likely been out of the question for a while now. And what would even be the point of going to see a "Led Zeppelin" show that didn’t feature his inimitable wail?

But you tell me. Are you sorry that you won’t get to see this chimerical Plant-less pseudo-Zep, or are you happy to let sleeping dogs lie and just jam out to Led Zeppelin IV in the comfort of your own home?

More on Led Zeppelin:
The Song Remains the Same is one of EW’s 21 Most Rockin’ Concert Docs
We got pretty psyched for the prospect of the 2008 reunion tour that never came
Dalton Ross went record shopping with Robert Plant in 2005
EW talked to Plant and Alison Krauss on the set of their "Please Read the Letter" video

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  • Ivin The Game

    This makes as much sense as Ingrid Bergman on the Island of Stromboli

  • Tex

    Unfortunately snobby Plant is holding up the skunkworks and all fans really care about is hearing that thunrdering Page guitar and larger than life drum bash. But the curse is that you can’t replace Plant.

  • Tom

    Led Zeppelin should be done. There is nothing more to add to their legacy, they can only detract at this point. I’m glad they aren’t touring. The only way to see them is as they were in the 70s. If you missed them then (and I did), just watch the DVDs, it’s the best you’re going to get. Zeppelin should be young, lean, carnal – not old and gray and balding and chubby. Sorry.

  • Minutiae

    I wouldn’t be opposed to Page, Jones, and Bonham the Younger going out and playing the Zep stuff under a different name, like the Ronnie James Dio lineup of Sabbath is doing now as Heaven and Hell. The best replacement rumor was Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy, who can sing circles around today’s Plant. But who knows when/if Plant will change his mind? In a year or so if he gets bored and gets the touring with Krauss out of his system, he might relent and go out with Zep after all.

  • MsDaisy

    There is no Zeppelin without Plant.

  • Anonymous

    This is the one band that I would love to see. I have seen many, but to see Led Zeppelin, would be amazing.

  • T.L.

    I never saw Leppelin live — and I have to say, I might prefer enjoying the mystique of them to seeing them perform and not meet my impossibly high expectations. At least, this is what I’m telling myself….

  • David

    I cringed when I heard that there might have been Led Zep without Plant.
    I thought it was cool that they got back together for that one show, but Zep was always the entire group, not just two of them. I saw them in 1979 and they absolutely blew me away. I’ll always have my memories and my old LP’s, but Zep is done!

  • ghost of robert johnson

    Jimmy Page shoulg get Jack White, and the Robinson brothers, and John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham and just play music live. Thats not too difficult. No drama. They all get along musically. Robert Plant can go and whisper songs with Alison Krauss. Everybody wins!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    ok everyone saying how Led Zeppelin is over, how they love their memories, and how if you didn’t see them in the 70s you missed it is being really inconsiderate, because no one who’s been born in the last 40 years has even had an opportunity to see them live. Stop thinking about yourselves.

  • Anonymous

    btw the ’07 show were like 8,000 tickets were actually made public doesn’t count, don’t be ridiculous, think of all the zep fans born in the last 40 years, a little consideration plz.

  • Joe C

    I firmly believe Led Zep was the greatest band of all time; I’d take them over the Stones, U2, G’N’R, the Who, Nirvana, all of them. Unfotunately I was too young to ever see them tour. But I agree with Plant’s stance: Zep died when Bonham died. The Who were never the same after Keith Moon died. So I think this is the right call. Out of all the people who’ve been in legendary bands, Robert’s had the best career because he tries new stuff ala the Allison Krauss CD. Just watch Vh1 classic for the great old Zep concerts.

  • Vincent

    I saw Led Zeppelin twice once in 1977 and I was lucky enough to attend the reunion show in 2007. I am glad they are not going to go comercial and mess with there legacy.

  • andrew rhoads

    rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!! i became a zeppelin fan way too late, i didnt even know a song by them in 2007.
    if only w was born in the mid 50’s,

  • paul

    In the end Robert Plant is going to be the biggest Loser.
    He will be the known as “the first guy” who sang for Led Zep or “the other guy” that sang for Led Zep. His legacy will be a little compromised when some other singer steps in.
    And you know page, jones and jason WILL NOT pick some weak-flimsy singer either.
    Roberts little flirt with Alison WILL NOT stand the test of time – it’s just a hit for the moment.
    Plant’s legacy is Led Zep and it’s very historic.
    It is VERY VERY odd that he is willing to let someone tamper with that legacy just because he wants to record another Alison CD which 10 years from now a small fraction of people will care about.
    And besides-we are talking maybe what?
    1 year out of Plants life to do a tour with Jimmy-John Paul and Jason?
    If they do indeed find that “suitable replacement” and he or she is really that good and brings the magic back to Led Zep I would not even care if Plant wanted to tour with them again in 2 years. Plant Needs A Lesson!

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