Posted in music on May 9, 2014

by Ian Chainey

Page & Plant in more brotherly times
Page Plant

Led Zeppelin fans must feel as though they're in a B.F. Skinner experiment as the band seems bent on giving and taking away in equal measure.

Giveth: Earlier this week, the iconic outfit revealed more details regarding their comprehensive reissue series that's starting with their first three albums. In addition to a full remaster by guitarist Jimmy Page himself, the expanded sets feature previously unreleased material, including recordings that haven't yet made their way to bootlegs. "I left no stone unturned," Page said to Rolling Stone, though it wasn't reported if the magazine was also turned. Concerning whether the Led Zeppelin archive was ready to be fully raided, Page was vague: "There's certainly more things that can be done." Yet, if something is going to be done, it seems as though Page and Page alone will spearhead the project. "I can't have anyone else do it because I want it done properly. I dread to think how it could have been thrown together if I wasn't around." If you were looking for a link between Led Zeppelin and Prince, there it is.

Taketh: Speaking of people who won't be around, singer Robert Plant, riding upon a fresh deal from Nonesuch and targeting the end of the year for a solo record, put the kibosh on the idea of a reunion tour. Again, to Rolling Stone: "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!" Fair assessment, though Plant's recent set-lists look close to what you'd key in if gifted a stack of quarters at the bar. Still, his adherence to art over money is impressive, considering the kind of small-nation-GDP haul the band could net if they found their road legs. Lesser men would go Gollum vs. The Ring in a similar situation. In fact, the same Rolling Stone piece had this nightmare-fuel nugget:

When Robert Plant walked away from the group after the O2 show, Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham continued to rehearse together in England, even auditioning singers for a possible Plant-free tour. Most names have remained secret, but Steven Tyler and Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy have both admitted to spending a few days playing with the group.
That bullet from Janie's gun? Consider it dodged.

For the record, Page doesn't see a tour in the future, either: "The answer is 'no.' It's been almost seven years since the O2. There's always a possibility that they can exhume me and put me onstage in a coffin and play a tape." Jeeze, Jimmy, why all of this talk of the end? Doesn't anyone remember laughter?

Giveth: And that's the thing, Jimmy Page is an oddly curatorial state of mind. Genesis Publications announced the first autobiographical account of the Led Zeppelin years and Page is the source. (Preorder.) Jimmy Page is due out in October and features his first-hand account, along with 650 hand-picked pictures. The tome weighs in at 512 pages and looks to be a treasure trove for obsessives who wish they were there; just maybe not for the mudshark thing.

So, despite the doubtful tour, it still looks like Led Zeppelin will acquire one more thing this year.

Taketh: Your money.

To help you envision what could've been, find a full Led Zeppelin set from Royal Albert Hall in 1970 below...




Comments (19)

Unless I can get my hands on a time machine that will take me back to 1976, I would not want to see Led Zeppelin live. And I'm one of the biggest Zep fans out there. I'm glad Plant wants to maintain the integrity of the band.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 9:51 AM

I agree. One show was cool, an enormously special night to remember. Any more would be cheesy. Keep the band legendary (ie, the stuff of legends).

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 10:18 AM

Whoa a time machine! That's heavy doc!

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 10:21 AM

Steven Tyler might have sounded good doing the Zep tracks.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 10:29 AM

agreed, it would be terrible to see zep live, playing no quarter, in my time of dying, etc., and risk tarnishing their legacy - imagine the tragedy - I couldn't think of a worse way to spend an evening - much rather see coldplay

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 10:33 AM

10:33 take that last part back NOW

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 10:50 AM

$54 DOLLARS?!? WtF??

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 10:55 AM

They deserve heaps of respect for sticking to their guns. There have been so many opportunities for this band to cash in, and they've turned them all down. "Queen" can take a lesson from them.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 12:20 PM

I doubt Plant has half the pipes he'd need to pull it off. Better to let well alone. Respect for not cashing in. Refreshing to see someone show some restraint in this instant gratification warp speed shitstorm we've become as a society.

Posted by Bedtime for Bonzo | May 9, 2014 12:39 PM

Oh shut up all of you above. Every last one of you would give your left testicle to go see Led Zep play another show.

Give me a fucking break

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 12:55 PM

The real story is these remasters. The vinyls which should have been done properly and cut analog were just cut from 24/96 digital files

Fuck you Jimmy.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 12:57 PM

Agreed, respect and integrity are much more valuable than mounds and mounds of cash - its not like Plant revisits the very same material in his solo shows - that would be very disrespectful

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 1:07 PM

Robert Plant is a god AND he learned from the Pixies fiasco

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 1:58 PM

Agreed - he probably looked closely at what happened to the Pixies, since zep and the pixies are contemporaries after all, and decided that doing a one off tour, playing songs he already plays on his solo tour and making more money than the gdp of most nations isn't worth it.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 2:38 PM

Not half as funny as Daltry in 2013 singing "hope I die before I get old"

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 3:44 PM

It is funny that Page puts all that time and effort into picking, remastering, and packaging the reissues, and all the other two have to do is kick back and count that money

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 3:48 PM

Lori Maddox - 'nuf said

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 9:23 PM

Everyone who saw the "one show" maintains that one show was enough. Meanwhile a BILLION other people would climb overtop of their own dead grandmothers to see this band play live.

Definitely frustrating.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2014 12:43 AM

I been this way 7 years to the day

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2014 2:58 AM

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