Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Led Zeppelin field questions at New York press conference

Led Zeppelin's three surviving original members gathered for a question-and-answer session in New York today, promoting their concert film "Celebration Day."

The film, which captures their 2007 reunion concert as Led Zeppelin, is set to be released in theaters for a limited time next week before Blu-Ray, DVD and CD editions are released in stores in November.

During the press conference, Jimmy Page said part of the reason they decided to go forward with their reunion concert at London's O2 arena was because they hoped to overshadow previous reunion concerts that hadn't gone as well as planned.

"We just really wanted to get it right and go out there to play to people who maybe never heard us, who had heard about this reputation and what we were about, and basically go out there, stand up and be counted for what we were," said Page.

John Paul Jones spoke about the chemistry the band felt instantly upon rehearsing again for the first time in all those years. "The feeling was there," he said. "It clicks again. You don't have to work at it."

Referencing a Funkadelic song, Jones added, "Once the fingers got going again, the brains followed, as did our asses."

Robert Plant praised the efforts of drummer Jason Bonham, who filled in for his late father on drums. "I think we were really propelled by Jason and his enthusiasm," Plant commented.

Plant dismissed the possibility of Led Zeppelin playing live again in the future, even though he heralded their collective performance in 2007. "I think that night back then, we were just hanging on for dear life, watching each other," he said.

"We were so happy that we were actually getting it right and really enjoying it and taking it beyond what we thought we were about that night. There were moments in it where we just took off and pushed off into some place. The responsibility of doing that four nights a week, for the rest of time, is a different thing."

Jones expressed similar comments about the feeling onstage. "There was an immediate feeling of relief, of course, that we actually got through it and did well," he said.

Page argued the possibility of any further Led Zeppelin reunion has decreased because so many years have passed since their gig. "At this time four years ago, we'd have been rehearsing to get to the O2," Page said.

"In December, it'll be five years since the O2, and so that's a number of years have passed in between, so it seems unlikely if there wasn't a whisper or a hint that we would do -- get together to do something or other, even two years ago or whatever, seems pretty unlikely, doesn't it?"

Carol Miller, host of the syndicated radio show "Carol Miller's Get the Led Out," and producer Denny Somach, were among those who attended today's press conference. Photos provided by Denny Somach.


  1. But, Jimmy! There was a whisper since then. There were the months of rehearsals... the Steven Tyler thing.. the Myles Kennedy thing...

    I'm glad they're done, and they finished brilliantly. Thanks for this write up, Steve.

    I can't wait for the movie!

  2. Hey Steve,
    Glad to see you back posting again. I was getting worried something was wrong.

    Live Long and Prosper....
    And I can't wait to see the movie in the theater.


  3. Great to see activity on this site again.I think Led Zep have done the right thing by not touring and trying to repeat their past. On the other hand, another one-off show would be another thing at some future point in time....

  4. I'm happy to hear about you Steve and Led Zep ! i wondered why there were no news anymore...

  5. Proper Closure for Led Zeppelin Fans - Finish 1980Tour
    Led Zeppelin was stopped dead in their tracks in 1980, just several days before they were to embark on a US tour. John Bonham was put to rest and his family and the band had closure. The world never lets up on this band for reunions. I feel it is because the fans never had proper closure. It is not as if the band finished the tour and announced that they were calling it quits. Over the last year, I believe that the three members have been very touched and honored by the US president, the US citizens, and the entertainment community in the United States. Robert Plant and the other two surviving members have to have a good reason to get back up on stage. If they were to finish the 1980 tour with Jason Bonham, they would finish what they started in 1980, finish John’s work, and properly say good bye to the world. These reasons would be worthy of a final tour.
    We need to start a writing campaign to magazines, radio stations, and see if we can get the message out. I don’t see any other reason that would make sense to them for a final exit strategy.


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