Robert Plant says that there will be a celebration “somewhere” of LED ZEPPELIN‘s 50th anniversary this year and that he will meet up with the other surviving members of the band to discuss plans to mark the milestone.
An official illustrated book, “Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin”, will be released in October while guitarist Jimmy Page recently said that another LED ZEPPELIN live album will arrive later this year, with additional “releases” coming out over the next decade.
Speaking to The Current about ZEPPELIN‘s plans to celebrate hitting the half-century mark, the singer said: “Well, we’re planning to get together and talk about it. Basically, it’s very difficult to find stuff that still is unheard. And not only will it be 50 years, but it’ll be, next year, 38 years since John [Bonham, drums] passed away. And the great thing about LED ZEPPELIN was that we didn’t chronicle ourselves; we just kind of went from town to town and sang songs and played guitars and stuff and then went about our lives.”
Plant added that he wished “that we had more stuff to look at, but there will be a book of photographs and stuff. But some of it will be particularly interesting, I think,” he said. “Beyond that, musically, there’s bits and pieces lying around, but not an album or anything like that. But there will be a celebration, I’m sure, somewhere. A cork will pop! [makes sound effects]”
LED ZEPPELIN hasn’t performed together in more than a decade, having last played London’s O2 Arena in December 2007. The concert was part of the Ahmet Ertegun tribute event, which was chronicled on the band’s 2012 “Celebration Day” CD and DVD. The set, which featured Jason Bonham subbing for his late father John Bonham on drums, marked Page, Robert Plant and Paul Jones‘s first full-scale concert together since John Bonham‘s 1980 death.
Last October, Plant shot down the possibility of a LED ZEPPELIN reunion, telling the Daily Telegraph that “you can’t ever really go back.” He added: “It’s tough enough repeating yourself with something that’s a year old, never mind 49 years old. I’ve got to keep moving.”
Plant has arguably been the lone holdout for another LED ZEPPELIN reunion. Despite promoter-led attempts to get the band to reform for a series of concerts, Plant remains committed to his new musical direction in the roots and blues-based “Americana” field.