Jimmy Page Is 'Fed Up' With Robert Plant Delaying Led Zeppelin Reunion Plans

The guitarist has said that the frontman is "playing games."

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Jimmy Page has said that he is "fed up" with Robert Plant for delaying Led Zeppelin reunion plans.

As NME notes, the band last played together in December 2007 at London's 02 Arena, but singer Robert Plant has ruled out the possibility of a follow-up concert any time soon.

In a recent interview with the BBC about the forthcoming reissue of the band's first three albums, guitarist Jimmy Page said he was sure fans would be keen on another reunion show, but Plant has since said the chances of it happening are "zero."

Now, Page has told the New York Times that he is "fed up" with Plant's refusual to play.

Page said: "I was told last year that Robert Plant said he is doing nothing in 2014, and what do the other two guys think? Well, he knows what the other guys think. Everyone would love to play more concerts for the band. He's just playing games, and I'm fed up with it, to be honest with you. I don't sing, so I can't do much about it."

He emphasised how keen he was to play with Led Zeppelin again, commenting: "I definitely want to play live. Because, you know, I've still got a twinkle in my eye. I can still play. So, yeah, I'll just get myself into musical shape, just concentrating on the guitar."

Meanwhile, Robert Plant recently cancelled his upcoming Spanish tour. Plant was due to tour the country with his band the Sensational Space Shifters in July. However, an announcement on the singer's website earlier this month (May 2) has revealed that the tour will not go ahead due to "scheduling conflicts."

Plant is set to release a new solo album later this year and has said that the record will sound "alright at a Jamaican party." The Led Zeppelin frontman has signed to Nonesuch – home of the Black Keys and Conor Oberst – to put out the follow-up to 2010's "Band of Joy."

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Plant said of the record, due out September 9: "It's really a celebratory record, but it's very crunchy and gritty, very West African and very Massive Attack-y. There's a lot of bottom end, so it might sound alright at a Jamaican party, but I'm not sure it would sound alright on [US radio network] NPR."

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    I think Jimmy just wants to write and play live more than anything whether it be Zeppelin or not. Of course it is quite clear that he would enjoy playing more shows with Zeppelin as well as just new solo stuff.
    matteo cubano
    what if jimmy page and the other guys just made a new band without plant, didnt call themselves zeppelin and didnt play the old stuff. how can jimmy page not find other ways of playing guitar in a band, that makes no sense to me
    You're absolutely right. However, Jimmy Page wants to play the old stuff, with the old band name, together with the old band members. He's been wanting to do this for years, but Robert Plant keeps saying no. The only difference between now and a few years ago, is that Jimmy's lost his patience.
    The thing that gets me about RP is " the tour will not go ahead due to "scheduling conflicts." Maybe his manager/booking agent won't let him play with the boys !! C'mon , someone who makes a lot of money from music could surround himself with people who can guarantee that no "scheduling conflicts" happen . Or he could just say "I can't be arsed"
    Just like Slash, Duff and Matt did with Velvet Revolver! That would be ****ing awesome, they could still play a lot of Zep tunes!
    Can't believe this gets downvoted because it's so right. If Plant's the only guy who isn't in on this, get Page and the other guys (or SOME other guys) together and make some MAGIC!
    I wish him could form a new stoner rock band with Josh Homme on rhythm guitar/vocals, JPJ on bass Dave Grohl on drums...
    It's much easier for Page to sound just as good as he did 30 years ago than it is for Plant. Plant knows his age will simply not allow him to perform to the same standard as he did back in their prime, and he doesn't want to ruin the legacy. Led Zep have had legend status for years, one crappy performance could tarnish that image forever. I say fair play to him.
    Well, if Robert doesn't want to ruin the Led Zep legacy by appearing in Led Zep over 30 years after recording last album, I just cannot disagree. Think about it. I bet that if they reunited, there would be lots of people saying that they should retire, because it doesn't sound like the old Zep, they are too old etc.. Reuniting just to play once, or go on one tour would look as if they wanted to make more money from being Led Zep (it's not what I think, but the folks would say that). If Jimmy wants to play and release more music with the rest of the old band, it doesn't have to be Led Zeppelin. It can be anything. And if Robert doesn't want to play with them, let him go, you can't force a man to perform.
    Well said Sandman. Let the legacy speak for itself....its good enough. The O2 reunion with Jason was a fitting epitaph and raised a lot for charity so the little imperfections were forgiven by the true fans. Hawking it around for profit would only end in tears. If you want to listen to Zep in their prime live then there are some stonking tribute bands who play note perfect - probably better than Jimmy Page could do at this point.
    Led Zeppelin has never been about playing every single note perfectly. Any Zeppelin fan knows that. Listen to them in their prime, still not perfect. NO band is perfect. If you want a band to play every single note perfectly with the album then dont see them live. Thats just insulting and completely takes away from the beauty of playing live.
    Nice to see Jimmy with a LP Custom Black Beauty instead of the old sunburst standard.
    I swear, I'm reading this from my phone right now and that pic of Page with his guitar looked like a picture of Bill Murray holding a guitar lol
    If you squint you eyes a little he looks like George Washington on the dollar bill.
    I'll make it easy for everyone, Plant is not interested, and never will be. The end. Thanks for the memories Zep!
    I'm sure someone has probably thrown this idea around, but I wouldn't say no to a Led Zeppelin show with guest vocalists. I know the idea kind of makes the remains of the band more of a tribute act, however I'm open to the concept. Its a viable way of seeing that Jimmy, John-Paul and Jason get out there playing the old stuff. I anticipate some of the purists down-voting this comment, I'm fairly sure I just voiced a cardinal sin. But if Robert is digging his heels and the rest of the guys want to do something - let them do it. I also whole-heartedly respect the legacy of the mighty Led Zep and it would be a shame for that to be ruined. It would be nice to have the opportunity to see some of my musical heroes live, but I also do not want the current memories of Led Zeppelin to be ruined.
    It's not that you voiced a cardinal sin, it's just a lame idea. A band covering their own songs, with random singers, just so people can say they saw 'Led Zeppelin'. There are no sacred cows in music, just good ideas and band. That is a bad idea. There's nothing appealing about 'good enough', which is at best what you'd get with that 'reunion'.
    He should put a new band together or join something that already exists. Come on, it's time to move on. Forget about Zep/Plant. Page didn't do anything Zep related in 25 years or so. It's time to do something different maybe.
    They should just let it go. Too many bands ruin their legacy by behaving like they're still 20. I'm looking at you Axle...
    Play the show, Play the show Can't hold Zep back anymore! Play the show, Play the show The fans will slam through the door! I don't care, If Plant doesn't want to play! Let the Zep rage ooooon! ...Age never bothered me anyway...
    No they don't, the fools who go to see these bands and expect it to be 1969 ruin it for themselves... The arrow of time moves forward always has always will.
    Saw Jimmy with the Black Crows years ago and it was better that Zep because all of the guitar parts were played live. Chris Robinson was damned near indistinguishable from Plant. IIRC, the tour was cancelled because Page hurt his back. One of the best shows I've ever seen. World Center near Chicago.
    He should tour with the Black Crowes again, I'd go to see that. Singer can nail a robert plant voice.
    I don't give a shit about Robert plant! I just wanna see jimmy play again so replace plant would be my advice.
    Delaying the plans? So there were/are actual plans in place? Anyway, what about the dude from Led Zepagain? Get him to go out on tour, after all, he knows the songs and he's really good, I was able to catch them in Vancouver a couple years ago and was very impressed.
    Its funny how close minded Plant is about playing with Led Zeppelin again, yet there are PLENTY of videos on YouTube showing him perform covers of Led Zeppelin songs with his current band. Its so obnoxious when artists do this stuff. "Oh I dont wanna reform with my still-living bandmates, ill just tour solo and play all of our old hits, mixed in with a couple new songs nobody cares about because they just came to see me sing my old band's hits" Of course nobody can or SHOULD force Plant to play with Zeppelin again, but its as hypocritical as Jello Biafra crying about the current DK's; "Playing songs from the good old days, songs how bad the good old days were" and yet he goes with his new band and plays the very same songs. I think if Jimmy page were to make a new Solo record, and tour with a roster of vocalists, such as Myles Kennedy, Chris Cornell, and David Coverdale, playing new music with a few hits from Zeppelin and Coverdale/Page, would be far superior to a Led Zeppelin reunion with Plant, of course as long as rhythm section was either Jason Bonham with JPJ or David Grohl with JPJ. Hell, i'd love to see Brad Wilk on the drums with that.
    Get a really great singer, like Chris Cornell or something, to do a tour with Jimmy, JPJ, and Jason Bonham, don't call it Led Zeppelin. View it as a tribute or something. But DON'T call it Led Zeppelin.
    i think page is just gonna have to pick up the pieces and move on, its like gilmour and rogers, yeah it sucks and what i would give for a ZEP tour ;aklsdfjal;skdjas i could skeet all over the place if that happend, but sadly plant obviously doesnt want it as much as page, and page could do just as good solo with grohl : p
    Honestly, I've always been fine accepting the fact that there are certain acts I'll never be able to see, whether due to death, financial issues, etc. I don't regret that I never got a chance to see Zeppelin, only that I didn't get a chance to see them in their prime. I can't time travel so that's a moot point. Good enough is unacceptable. If bands have the fire to be creatively relevant, that's a good reason to get together, but if it's just to satisfy nostalgia (and it's second or third hand nostalgia by now), no thank you. I don't need to see Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, or any number of classic bands. The music will always be there.
    Agent 00Awesome
    I can see both of their point of views here. I think a couple of farewell shows instead of a full reunion would be a good comprise.
    Pretty sure the 'conflicting dates' is due to him playing at Glastonbury this year in July.
    Well, we should all relate to personalitys clashing in our business. Still, what a bummer.