Tour Gets Zep’d Down
The rumors of Led Zeppelin going on tour have been usurped by the rumor that they ain’t.
A band source told the U.K.’s Daily Mirror that singer Robert Plant wants to keep the band’s legacy as is, and the reunion show at London’s O2 arena will remain a one-off engagement.
The show was, according to the source, viewed by Plant as a way to show the world the aging band members could still kick butt but he is more interested in performing with Alison Krauss and concentrating on new projects.
"Jimmy [Page] had enjoyed the concert in December enough to want to tour," the source told the Mirror. "He argued they still had something to offer. He likes the idea of another chapter in the band – the grownup tour.
"But Robert wanted to leave last year’s concert as their legacy. They had proved they could still do it and that was enough."
The disappointing gossip might just be gossip but it had enough momentum to get picked up by the Associated Press.
Plant, Page and John Paul Jones were each offered £100 million for a tour, according to the source. Plant is currently worth £70 million, the news agency said.
The rumor of Led Zeppelin not touring is the latest in a long line of them, including that the band was always planning on a tour, along with the re-emerging whisper campaign that Led Zeppelin would play Bonnaroo. Sorry, make that Lez Zeppelin.
But it was never about money, the source told the Mirror. Zep has always had the opportunity to reunite if lucre was the overriding factor.
If this latest piece of info is true, the fans may have missed out on more than just seeing one of the best rock bands in history. Led Zeppelin could have filled stadiums, and with the way things are trending, it may be a long time before a stadium tour comes our way again.