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Jimmy Page says 'no' to Led Zeppelin reunion

NEW YORK (AP) — Led Zeppelin will not be reuniting anytime soon.

That message came through loud and clear Tuesday with sarcasm, stoic silence and even the occasional barb at reporters who dared to ask. Just the mention of the topic set off lead singer Robert Plant at a news conference for the band's upcoming concert film, "Celebration Day."

But at the film's premiere later in the evening, guitarist Jimmy Page set the record straight, sort of, about a potential reunion.

"I think it's disappointing for people when the answer is no," Page said. But he later added: "That's what it is now."

"Celebration Day" covers their 2007 reunion concert at London's 02 Arena. Original members Plant, Page and John Paul Jones, as well as Jason Bonham, the son of the late John Bonham, played the one-time tribute concert to honor Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.

"Once the idea was proposed, 'Would we do the concert?' It had to be Jason," Page said.

Since the death of Bonham in 1980, the band has played only a handful of gigs, with the 2007 tribute concert being the last time. The group enlisted the younger Bonham, a successful drummer in his own right, to play with the band.

On the red carpet, Bonham said he understands why the fans want something more from the band, but feels there's good reason to put it to rest.

"I think it's probably frustrating to the public when they see how good it is, and they go, 'Why won't you do anymore?' They don't get it," Bonham said. "But you know what, there's a time, and for me it's when John Bonham was in Led Zeppelin."

Jones, the band's bassist, eloquently said all the band's energy went into that performance.

"We focused on the show and that was it. Fortunately it was on film," Jones said.

Page was conscious of Led Zeppelin's uninspired performance at the Atlantic Records' 40th anniversary concert in 1988. So the band rehearsed for about six weeks before the London show.

"You have to understand, any other group would be a doing a warm-up gig, and then they would have like two or three concerts in a row. We could have done more than one, with the demand, but we only had one shot and we had to be super-duper confident on it, and it went well," Page said.

During a news conference earlier in the day, the band became uncomfortable with a question about "anticipating something bigger for the band."

"We've been thinking about all sorts of things, and then we can't remember what we were thinking about," singer Plant said testily. He then referred to this reporter by the pejorative term "schmuck."

As the questions mounted about anything to do with their future, the band responded with silence.

At one point, Page mentioned that the reunion concert was five years ago and that if there was a chance they were reuniting, people would have heard about it.

"Seems pretty unlikely, doesn't it?" Page said.

"Celebration Day" will be released worldwide on Oct. 17 on 1,500 screens before its release on DVD on Nov. 19.




John Carucci covers entertainment for The Associated Press. Follow him at

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Oct 10, 2012 2:16AM
Perhaps the right call is to leave on a high note rather than perhaps destroy the image of the band by trying to recapitalize on their past glory.

Led Zeppelin is a legendary band with timeless music that will live on through the brilliant artistry and creativity of each of its' members and their love for music.

Oct 10, 2012 3:21AM
Not sure why Plant's got the tude', but if they dont want to do it thats their choice. I have learned the hard way goin to see singers/bands long after their prime is a recipe for disappointment. Most are not even close to what they once were. Thats life, and at 49, I dont look like I did at 21, so time plays no favs..  
Oct 10, 2012 7:13AM
Led Zeppelin is an iconic band that holds it's own place in the history of rock! That band, as the original unit, ceased to exist when John Bonham died. They will never in that place in time again. I don't want them to be a worn out, watered down version of what the "Mighty Zeppelin" once was! They are frozen in time. They were intricately woven into the fabric of music of  that time when they hit the their greatest heights. Let's leave then there. Not because I wouldn't love to see them.  Not out of disrespect but out of the utmost respect for the band and it's deceased member, Bonzo! Together, the members of Led Zeppelin found rock immortality and reached the summit of rock! Those of you who mock then band, never saw them and just don't get it. You never will!
Oct 10, 2012 8:39AM
I don't get all the speculation of a reunion that seems to pop up from time to time.  They have done one off gigs for charity events over the years, but Plant has been adamant about never reforming for an album or tour for over 30 years now.  I give them full credit for sticking to what they said 30+ years ago; that the band died with Bonham.  They have had millions of dollars offered for a reunion and have never taken it up.  You have to respect that.  There simply is no Zeppelin without Bonham any more than there could be Beatles without Lennon.
Oct 10, 2012 8:10AM

the best there is and the best there ever will ever be.


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