10 Reasons Why Led Zeppelin Will Never Reunite

The surviving members of Led Zeppelin gathered yesterday for the first time since their acclaimed reunion show in 2007 - and offered ten reasons why they'll never do it again.

10 Reasons Why Led Zeppelin Will Never Reunite
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The surviving members of Led Zeppelin gathered yesterday for the first time since their acclaimed reunion show in 2007 and offered ten reasons why they'll never do it again. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones played a one-off concert that drew over 20 million ticket applications, although only 12,000 people saw the performance with Jason Bonham playing drums in place of his late dad John. The three founding members answered questions at a press conference to mark the upcoming release of Celebration Day, the movie recorded on that night in London's O2 Arena. And in the question-and-answer sessions they offered ten good reason why no one will ever see Led Zeppelin live again. See below for a clip from Celebration Day and a full transcript of the press conference.

1. It Was A Relief To Get Through The Reunion Show.

Robert Plant: "It's a terrible thing to say, but in truth, the idea of actually being where I am now in my lifetime, to get back in the middle of that music, was a spectacular experience. I was approaching it from a different angle, so to get through it and come out the other side was something not much short of miraculous, I think. But great fun." Jimmy Page: "I remember walking up the steps onto the stage, and then the moment right at the very end of it. The rest of it had passed very, very quickly, actually, but I knew, and the lasting memory of it was that I knew we did what we intended to do: go out there, stand up and be counted." John Paul Jones: "My lasting memory: getting through it all. It was pretty good. It worked out really well, but it was a relief at the end of it."

2. It's Part Of Their Past.

Plant: "We don't see each other too often, but no sooner do we start talking than some little innuendo creeps in. Some old memory pops up, and you go Whoa, that's one to forget!' There's lot of those things drifting around."

3. Stairway To Heaven Doesn't Mean What It Used To Mean.

Plant: "I struggle with some of the lyrics. The musicality and the construction of it is peerless. But maybe I didn't feel quite the same about the lyrics later on in life, as i got further down the road. Maybe i'm still trying to work out what I was talking about... Every other f--ker is!"

4. The Passage Of Time Doesn't Mean Much.

Jones: "Five years is five minutes in Led Zeppelin time."

5. They Didn't Know How To Rehearse Without New Material.

Plant: "We didn't have any material, did we?" Page: "Well, not really, we were just doing whatever. But it was just the intensity of what was going on: the communion, if you like, of the four of us. It was very intense, right from the start."

6. You Just Can't Be Led Zeppelin Without John Bonham.

Jones: "Jason was great all the songs we played throughout the Zeppelin years, we would end songs in a different way to accommodate the next song. We would play something and say, Well, how does this one end?' We'd all look at Jason, and Jason would go, Well, in 1971, you did this, and in 1973, you went into this...' He had this encyclopaedic knowledge of everything, and it was just a real compliment." Plant: "He's got some great bootlegs. Some great Beatles stuff too. He's a mine of information. I don't know which band he's going to be in next but he's really got it down."

7. It Was More Fun In Those Days.

Page: "We weren't having to follow up a single or any of this stuff. We were there to make music. It was a much easier process and more positive for musicians."

8. Nobody Thought About Reunions.

Plant: "The people we met along the way were brigands to some degree. Everybody was just having a great time, and the concept of looking back, and asking about what you said about, Don't you think you could do it again?' There was no thought about What do you think about it now?'"

9. They Look Back On Their Inspirations Differently.

Page: "The very early blues and rockabilly, I can still put on and really get excited by it, now, still. Except along the way, I think, each and every one of us, our tastes became more eclectic across the board. But it was that music that I heard when I was 12 or 13 that really seduced me. And it did a good job of seducing me." Plant: "So many more doors have opened in the last 40 years to access singers like King Solomon Hill, and some fantastic guys from the delta who maybe only cut four or five sides. But they shaped so much for other people. Willie Brown who Robert Johnson sings about in 'Cross Road Blues' I think he cut five or six sides, and he was great . But everybody was out to play all sorts of different kinds of music along with the blues. Robert Johnson used to play all sorts of stuff, including songs of the day. To me, it's a home of the heart. I really still feel moved by what their lives and their worlds and their aspirations might have been. Like we do, they came from another time. We can't come from another time, really now."

10. The Journey Was Over.

Plant: "We just hugged each other and went: Pffft'. There was a real feeling of camaraderie and, actually, successful adventure, really. As Jimmy was saying, it was nuts that we didn't do any warm-up gigs or anything like that." Page: "There was a massive party that went on afterwards. There were lot of celebrities there. They must have had a great party while we disappeared off into the ether."
Thanks to Classicrockmagazine for the report.

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    Jesus_Dean
    "10. The Journey Was Over." This. Their time came and then it went. I think I'll go listen to "In the Light" now.
    Eifler121
    Friday, Led Zeppelin to reunite. Monday, Led Zeppelin will never reunite...well happy birthday to me.
    mewiley
    If you watch the press release, these are answers to other questions Plant, Page and Jones were asked. They were not given as the answer to reasons Zeppelin will never reunite. But, it got my click, so mission accomplished...
    hames jetfield
    I don't get why so many people expect bands to reunite without their own will. Guns n Roses comes to mind.
    mikel123
    It is written in ancient Norse scriptures that the final reformation will occur during Ragnarok... the Hammer of the Gods shall strike down like a fallen mountain and their onset shall be more glorious than the birth of the universe itself when all things were made. The very foundations of the earth shall be sent into tumult. All will turn to silver glass...Valhalla I am coming.
    SorgFamily
    Some of the comments they made have nothing to do with the "reasons why they won't reunite". In the instance of Bonham being deceased, the comments are almost the opposite of a reason not to do it. They basically said, He's awesome with a great knowledge of what we've done in the past and really knows how to groove with us. I already saw some of you saying these comments were not intended as reasons to not reuinite and to that UG, I will paraphrase Barney Stinson: C'Mon UG, get your head out of your ass.
    jrodgers
    Does anyone else wonder just what the hell Jimmy Page does with his time these days? Plant and JPJ still keep plenty busy with other projects, and I can't think of any other iconic musicians of his era that don't play a show, record some new material, or produce records at least every so often. Only thing ive heard is that he was supposedly working on that weirdo Lucifer Rising soundtrack
    Music&Soul
    Seriously! I want so badly for him to release anything! Of course he doesn't have to, and is just enjoying the rest of his natural life with his wife, family and friends, but wasn't the last album he recorded of original material Walking Into Clarksdale in '98? Great stuff on there that I've been listening to a lot lately. I just think he could do so much for the shitty music these days
    Face R1pper
    I would say I care, but when their tickets are two hundred dollars or whatever I wouldn't be able to go anyway.
    j.vandangler
    Led Zeppelin's music was performed with raw sexuality and the intensity of youth. Robert Plant has said he feels he could no longer do Led Zeppelin's music justice, too much time has passed. As much as I'd Love to see them, I admire that Percy holds the music and their fans in such high regard that he'd only want to give both the best possible experience or none at all.
    chuckjitsu
    Really, the only reason is that Percy doesn't want to do it. This pretty much has always been the reason it's never happened.
    PoorOtis
    I could care less about a Band Of Thiefs. They made Nothing original and use others original works as their own..stealing others language/thoughts/ideas/expressions! THATS PLAGIARISM..and are going to get their ass handed to them in court from WILLIE DIXIONs Family! Good Riddens to a BAND of THIEFS. Glad Your Dead!
    xonty
    They just repeated everything said in the Celebration Day conference..
    sugarcrush
    #6 Led Zeppelin would have continued on if John Bonham hadnt died in 1980. He officially ended the band but they were already over. When Jonesy left after Houses of the Holy they were all ready to replace him and he was as important to the sound as Bonzo. Its also funny how Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones have had wanted to do a full scale reunion afterwards. The only reason is Plant.
    Kenjamin91
    Although the title is a bit misleading and their answers were not directly denying another reunion, it is clear that it won't happen. Zeppelin will always be Jimmy's baby, but the others have moved on. Seeing Jason's Led Zeppelin Experience was the closest thing you can see to a reunion. I can still be happy knowing that they won't be forgotten any time soon. The amount of modern bands/pop acts that will still be on the radio in 40 years is minuscule compared to the bands of the 60's/70's.
    lucas_eddie
    It's weird. This article made me chuckle at time, but it's sad at the same time...
    Firehawk2410
    It's really kind of sad. The music will ALWAYS be there because it simply exists, but it's just not the same as going to see a band live that's been around for forty years live and still making new music and being treated to a new album every now and then. I love Zeppelin but it just seems like they're half dead.
    dennis.1960
    A lot of these "reunion" things make me cringe. The Who with Kenney Jones, Queen with anyone besides Freddie, Lynryd Skynyrd with only 1 original member, CCR (Creedence Clearwater Revisited) without John Fogerty, etc... Led Zep built an incredible legend, leave it alone. What did John Lennon say in the film Imagine when a fan asked about a Beatles reunion? Something like, "did Jesus come back and get on that cross again for all the dummies that missed it the first time?"
    Hua89
    This article makes me sad. I was two years old when John Bonham died, so I never even had the opportunity to see Zeppelin. I think it would be great for the surviving members to reunite for a world tour. A thank you to all the fans that saw them in their prime, and all the new fans that never had an opportunity to go to a Led Zeppelin concert.