Thursday, September 25, 2008

Report: Robert Plant caves, agrees to tour with Led Zeppelin

No confirmation on this story out as of yet, but a report says Robert Plant has responded to the recent reports of his Led Zeppelin bandmates rehearsing and auditioning singers in his stead with a green light to go ahead and include him on plans for touring next year.

An unnamed source told British tabloid The Sun that Plant "realized he couldn't face the thought of not being involved" in a touring band that involved Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham.

If true, this would prove to be the first Led Zeppelin tour since 1980. John Bonham, original drummer for Led Zeppelin, died 28 years ago today, leading the band to cancel its autumn 1980 touring plans and announce its dissolution by year's end. The band also resisted temptation to reunite save for very rare appearances, with last year's one-off (featuring Bonham's son Jason proving his worth on the drums) being the first onstage collaboration of all the band's surviving members in 12 years.

The story was also reported by an Australian news source (and has now been quoted by many news outlets in the United Kingdom and the Far East, although the mainstream press in North America held off on reporting anything by Friday morning).

Again, has no independent confirmation of Plant's commitment. (Update: Nor does any other source citing The Sun's report, and in fact Jason Gregory of Gigwise reports a spokesperson for Led Zeppelin provided no comment when asked to clarify.) But we'll see, won't we?

Is this the reunion we've all been holding out for? Oh, let the comments rain down upon my face!


  1. Hey Steve,
    Is this the major announcement you were referring to?

    That would be great, but I am holding my breath, especially because it broke out of Australia first and it only took one day from the original story for Robert to cave in. I know he's a lot tougher than that.

    Don't believe me? Ask Robbie Blunt.

    Australia. . ..
    Isn't that where Richie York lives these days?

    Now, if only I could good tickets. . . .


  2. I know you'll keep us up to date. I'm sitting with fingers crossed hoping that this isn't just a fabricated rumour.


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