Robert Plant: New Zep Tour Would Be 'Everything That's S--tty About Big-Time Stadium Rock'

Don't expect Plant to return to Zep any time soon.

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With the re-release of the first three Led Zeppelin albums impending, it is unsurprising that talk has returned to the oft-mooted, but never materialized Zep reunion. In a new interview with Rolling Stone (via Classic Rock), Robert Plant has rebuffed claims that he would ever rejoin his former band, while offering some less than enthusiastic thoughts on reunion tours more generally. Questioned about the chances of returning to Zep, Plant reportedly angrily responded:

"You're going back to the same old s--t. A tour would have been an absolute menagerie of vested interests and the very essence of everything that's shitty about about big-time stadium rock. We were surrounded by a circus of people that would have had our souls on the fire. I'm not part of a jukebox!"

Plant also commented on those of his peers who had reformed their old bands later in life: "Good luck to them," he sneers. "I hope they're having a real riveting and wonderful late middle age. Somehow I don't think they are." 

"Do you know why the Eagles said they'd reunite when 'hell freezes over,' but they did it anyway and keep touring? It's not because they were paid a fortune. It's not about the money. It's because they're bored. I'm not bored."

Guitarist Jimmy Page, who was also questioned about the situation, stated that Plant had led the band to believe that they would be doing more shows after 2007's one-off reunion, before changing his mind:

"There's bound to be fallout if you just do one show. At the time of the 02 show we were led to believe there were going to be more. You'll have to ask Robert why he changed his mind. I don't even know if he considered it. I don't know what he thinks."

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    Dannym95
    It must suck for Plant, who I assume has other projects in the pipeline, to be constantly asked about a Led Zeppelin reunion when clearly he isn't that keen anymore. I can't say I blame him for ruling it out.
    Witt1975
    Totally agree, it's like Slash being asked about GNR... Plus twenty odd years lol. Must be getting pretty grating by now.
    Dannym95
    Yeah, I remember readings news reports about Slash being asked about the chances of a GnR reunion and he responded with something to the effect of "I hate being asked this question...I don't know what you want me to say". Some probably thought that it was a dickish response but I honestly don't blame him at all, especially seeing as you have Slash's work with Myles and the Conspirators, which kicks ass. Focus on that, not some mindless reunion speculation!
    UniformRecon
    It was like a year ago that Slash made a public statement requiring that anyone who interviews him isn't allowed to ask about a Guns N Roses interview or else he'd just bail.
    KBI2113
    They censor out shit in the article, but not shitty. Yet they censor out shitty in the headline. Make up your mind, UG
    whitebeaner
    I'm okay with this!
    ColdTheory
    You know dude, they have buttons that say "I like this" at the top. You don't need to pollute the comments with you're useless comments. I've read 3 articles and you're getting as bad as the "tips fedora" guy.
    ColdTheory
    Well, sarcasm doesn't read well and I don't like using emoticons. While you may see me as "butt hurt" the only butt hurting I'm feeling is from some hot wings I had last night. -48 is bad, yet pretty impressive. He is, however, in several comments. Also, I'm a professional writer for emergency reporting and I'm blown away by the fact that I used You're instead of your... Eh, one of those days I guess.
    Garagepoet
    as disappointing as it might be, i can't disagree w/ anything he said. i admire & respect his integrity.
    Eissari
    Robert plant wants to do his own thing that he enjoys but people just keep poking him with same questions.
    Iommianity
    It would be great to say you saw Zeppelin in their prime, but I don't eed to see them in 2014 just to satiate some second or third hand nostalgia. Given the choice, I'd much rather see an artist perform songs they're into then see them dance like a marionette for my enjoyment.
    redisni
    Well, in that case: What about a "Page and Jones + Friends" series of shows?
    British_Steal
    Its good that he's sticking to his gun, very respectable. Its not about money, its not about legacy, its not even about the fans, its about him this time and he's earned the right to do what he wishes.
    pwrmax
    Have you guys even seen Celebration Day? It's great as a one off show and should be just that. Plant and Page and getting OLD and a tour would be a nightmare.
    Anjohl
    With how horrible Plant sounded at the O2, can't say I am suprised. Yes, that show that everyone blasted after it happened, and praised it when they released it on dvd.
    redisni
    Well, in that case: What about a "Page and Jones + Friends" series of shows?
    mfkr
    top bloke. lol jk he's a prick
    MaidenisGOD89
    Agreed! he doesn't care about his fans! He's just a stubborn, arrogant douche anymore. I'd generally be alright if he wasn't going around touring with other people, but he won't just do another zep tour? Fucking tosser.
    mjones1992
    LOL. Get a grip. Plant owes you nothing. He gave us all great music and the man can damn well do what he pleases, and he makes a fantastic point as to why touring with Zep would be a bad idea. But I guess that went way over your entitled little head.
    Bollockser
    Since Plant won't do it, I'd like to see Steven Tyler front Jimmy Page and JPJ, with Dave Grohl on Drums. They could call it Aero Zeppelin, which happens to be a NIRVANA song name
    Templarum
    They could call it Suck Zeppelin, because it would suck like an immense zeppelin filled with gaseous suck.
    UniformRecon
    That is the worst thing that could ever happen in the history of Led Zeppelin's legacy.
    Bollockser
    How do you feel about Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes then?
    UniformRecon
    Good, because it's not TRYING to be Led Zeppelin. It's the difference between Slash playing Guns N' Roses songs at his shows and Axl's stupid excuse of "Guns N' Roses."
    hardrocker64
    Dead Zeppelin.....Who wants to see 70 year olds play anyway??? Enjoy the music they have made
    ubertar
    I have to agree. A "jukebox" tour would be pointless. But the answer, it seems to me, is for the guys to write and record a new album. Nothing boring about that, Robert! Then you can decide whether or not to tour to support the new record. It's not a jukebox tour if you're playing new material. Take it in a whole different direction if you want to. Some people won't like it, but **** 'em. If you don't do it now, it'll never happen. No one lives forever.
    RM1994
    Its great to see a living legend like Plant not clinging to the Led Zeppelin past and constantly attempting new stuff. Zeppelin were an incredibly influential band and have an unbelievable legacy so it should be left at that. What more does a band like need to prove?
    goon316
    Zep will always be one of my favorite bands, but even I wouldn't want them to go on tour unless every single member was really excited about it, which doesn't sound like something that will ever happen. At least I got to see Plant Page back in 94. I'm good with that being the last zeppelin type show I saw because it was amazing.
    Multijeff
    I love zepplin as much as the next person but! A reunion is pointless they have nothing left to achieve or prove. Rock on roger/jimmy/john forever!
    d.floresumana
    Jimmy, John and Jason should get another singer maybe another guitarist and do what Slash, Matt and Duff did with Velver Revolver! Some Post-Zep proyect could be kick ass... and they could play Zep tunes as well!
    INSULIN
    WELL DAM IT .DO CONCERTS AND GIVE MONEY TO CHARITIES.SOB RADIO AND TV HAS COMPUTER RECORDED CRAP BANDS .
    joe164
    I can't believe these interviewers. After Celebration Day was released, it became abundantly clear that Plant, Page and JPJ were comprehensively sick and tired of the "reunion" questions, and would not even entertain the idea. So why do people keep asking? If I was lucky enough to be granted an interview with these immortals, I would steer well clear of the topic altogether. I don't blame Plant at all for being terse in his response.
    cheesefries
    JPJ and Page said quite a few times they would love to do some shows with Jason Bonham but it was up to Plant. I'm ok with them turning it off if one says no. It would be terrible to force a reunion if everyone is not into it.
    joe164
    ^ Precisely. It does sound like Jimmy and JPJ were keen on the idea at some stage, but when you look at the collective groan all three of them let out during "Led Zeppelin Interview & Story with CBS News" (have a look on YouTube), it suggested otherwise, and that the band were all of the same opinion again regarding the matter. Also the press conference for "Celebration Day", when Robert/Jimmy/JPJ + Jason were asked about a reunion, and the question was met with an eerie, deliberate silence - which was obviously a premeditated response by the band, beforehand. I think in 2007 at the time of the 02 reunion, Jimmy and JPJ were keen on the idea of more shows. But - 5 years passed by the time Celebration Day came out, and by that stage I think the motivation to reunite Led Zeppelin had ceased. So - let it be!
    Doomzdayxx
    Plant sounds like shit. He looks even worse. He literally LOOKS like a plant. Who the hell wants to see him front Led Zeppelin??
    kdsprocket
    Plant "been there done leave me alone" But we cant because we are so blood thirsty for talent and to relive our own youth
    macca163
    This would obviously be the biggest gig ever in the history of music,not just rock. I have massive respesct for Mr Plant saying no because they could never live up to the energy and attack of the EC 75 shows or the MSG 73 shows we all know and love AND may expect them, to copy.
    iommi600
    I'd still gladly go to one of their concerts, especially because of John Paul Jones. But yeah, I understand his point. It's probably better for them and their legacy.