There is a lot of Led Zep news to keep fans excited, including a bounty of surprises to commemorate its upcoming 50th anniversary. The biggest announcement of course, would be a reunion of the music Gods. Don’t hold your breath on that happening, as Jimmy Page is tempering fans’ expectations on a reunion.
In a new issue of Bayer Media’s Planet Rock magazine, Page said that he, “very much doubts” that there will be any further activity from the band, adding, “The O2 concert is the only thing we’ve done in a long time, so I very much doubt we’ll do anything else. I really think the time has gone.”
Putting further water to the flame, last October in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Robert Plant also disregarded the notion: “It’s tough enough repeating yourself with something that’s a year old, never mind 49 years old. I’ve got to keep moving.” Despite urging from fans and promoters, rumours are that Plant remains the lone hold-out on a band reunion.
As far as what fans can expect leading up to the 50th anniversary, Page offered details on a live album that he has been prepping. “I can’t give the game away, but there’s a recording that’s another multi-track that we’ll release,” he said. “It’s another view compared to ‘How The West Was Won‘ or ‘The Song Remains The Same.’ I’m looking forward to people hearing that.”
The band announced that the 2003 live album, ‘How the West Was Won’ would be re-released on March 23 in a remastered version. The 15th-anniversary edition will be comprised of highlights from a pair of 1972 concerts performed in Southern California. In addition to the three-CD set, it will be released on vinyl for the first time, as well as a Super Deluxe box that adds a DVD and a book featuring previously unpublished photos of the band
Page also hinted at other releases that are down the road: “There’s a lot of stuff to come out, a number of releases. I’d like to say that they’ll be coming out over the next 10 years. Stuff that people haven’t heard. There’s more to come for sure.”
In October 2018, fans can expect the release of an official Led Zeppelin illustrated book – the 368-page hardback “Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin.” Band members Plant, Page and John Paul Jones are credited as the book’s authors. Page praised the band coming together on this project, saying, “I’m really pleased that we’re all doing it collectively, because there are so many other people doing books. It will be really good to have an authoritative book, where the band are actually contributing to it rather than being ripped off.”
Page, Plant and Jones last performed as Led Zeppelin at London’s O2 arena on December 7, 2007, joined by Jason Bonham on drums. The concert was part of a tribute to Atlantic Records founder, Ahmet Ertegun. The performance was later issued in 2012 as the ‘Celebration Day’ CD and DVD. The set marked Page, Plant and Jones’s first full-scale concert together since John Bonham‘s 1980 death.
Robert Plant continues to forge his own musical path, committed to his new direction in the roots and blues-based “Americana” field. He is currently on tour in support of his latest album, ‘Carry Fire.’
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