Whole Lotta Love? (No.)
Things can change. Hell, for instance, can freeze over. (See: Eagles, the.) Or somebody can wave the possibility of a gigantic payday in front of you.
But for those looking to put money down on a Led Zeppelin reunion tour becoming a reality, you might want to read what Robert Plant said to Chuck Klosterman in a 2002 interview. Surely, Jason Bonham has.
KLOSTERMAN: Does it bother you that, in the eyes of a lot of people, the only reason John Paul Jones was not asked to participate in your 1994 reunion with Jimmy Page was financial? And that you and Page simply didn't want to split the revenue three ways?
PLANT: [Chuckles] It's like this: Led Zeppelin was a very strange, four-quadrant marriage. And when the marriage dissolved, when John passed away, I really didn't think I'd work with any of those guys again. When we were kids, Bonham and I were the toughest guys around. Nobody wanted to be around us, because we believed in ourselves so much and we were really unbearable. So when he passed, I really didn't want to stay with the southern guys-the two guys from London. I thought enough was enough, and I'd lost the one guy I'd been close to since I was 15. But when MTV asked me to do the Unplugged thing, I thought, "I can't take all the credit for this. I can't do the Zeppelin stuff and sit there with a broad grin on my face," So I asked Jimmy if it was possible for us to start writing again, without it becoming some sad Zeppelin reunion. And there was really no room for anybody else. There was no physical room or emotional room or creative room.
KLOSTERMAN: But couldn't you have toured with Page, Jones, and Bonham's son Jason on drums?
PLANT: But what the [expletive] for? John Bonham's kid isn't as good as John Bonham. Look, I know you're a journalist, so I'll go along with this question. I don't make my living by making a living. My time is so important that I can't compromise my taste-or my idea of what's right-simply to match someone else's view of what's a good, calculated move. And can you imagine what a lumbering monster that tour would have been? It would have been quite sluttish to come back firing like a bunch of hard rockers. The important thing was that Page and I decided to write again.
(Dave Grohl, by the way, thinks Bonham is pretty swell.)
By J. Freedom du Lac |
December 12, 2007; 12:03 PM ET
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