“Led Zeppelin are over!” Jimmy Page’s manager is telling reporters today. “If you didn’t see them in 2007, you missed them. It’s done. I can’t be any clearer than that.” That sure does sound like a final death knell for the long-brewing rumors that Page, John Paul Jones, and Jason Bonham (son of late drummer John Bonham) would get back together for a tour or even an album without reunion-shy frontman Robert Plant. Of course, just a couple days ago this same manager was eagerly stirring up those very rumors in interviews. So who’s really to say whether any or all surviving band members might change their minds again tomorrow?
Even as a pretty big Zeppelin fan, though, I can’t say I’m too disappointed at this news. I’m still kicking myself for missing that lone ‘07 reunion show, where Plant joined the Page/Jones/son-of-Bonham lineup. But with Plant busy recording awesome bluegrass albums or riding unicorns or whatever it is that he likes to do with his free time, a repeat of that event has likely been out of the question for a while now. And what would even be the point of going to see a “Led Zeppelin” show that didn’t feature his inimitable wail?
But you tell me. Are you sorry that you won’t get to see this chimerical Plant-less pseudo-Zep, or are you happy to let sleeping dogs lie and just jam out to Led Zeppelin IV in the comfort of your own home?
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