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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    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.
    Totally agree, it's like Slash being asked about GNR... Plus twenty odd years lol. Must be getting pretty grating by now.
    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!
    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.
    They censor out shit in the article, but not shitty. Yet they censor out shitty in the headline. Make up your mind, UG
    I'm okay with this!
    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.
    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.
    as disappointing as it might be, i can't disagree w/ anything he said. i admire & respect his integrity.
    Robert plant wants to do his own thing that he enjoys but people just keep poking him with same questions.
    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.
    Well, in that case: What about a "Page and Jones + Friends" series of shows?
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Well, in that case: What about a "Page and Jones + Friends" series of shows?
    top bloke. lol jk he's a prick
    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.
    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.
    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
    They could call it Suck Zeppelin, because it would suck like an immense zeppelin filled with gaseous suck.
    That is the worst thing that could ever happen in the history of Led Zeppelin's legacy.
    How do you feel about Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes then?
    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."
    Dead Zeppelin.....Who wants to see 70 year olds play anyway??? Enjoy the music they have made