According to The Pulse Of Radio, Robert Plant has suggested in a new interview that he would be “whore” if he were to agree to take part in a LED ZEPPELIN reunion. When pressed about the band’s 50th anniversary this year, the inevitable archival releases, and the hopes for yet another reunion, Plant told Esquire: “All those projects, well, they’re going to do somebody some good somewhere, and that’s good. But you don’t even have to talk to me if all you want to know about is LED ZEPPELIN. 38 years ago, John Bonham passed away, that’s all I know. That’s it. That’s the story. You know, LED ZEPPELIN was an amazing, prolific fun factory for a period of time, but it was three amazing musicians and a singer living in the times. Those times. That’s not going to stop me doing what I’m doing now. So that’s a headline, or not a headline. It doesn’t matter to me… If I didn’t, I’d be a whore, and I’m never going to be that. I’m only a singer, and therefore I can get bored really quickly. And if I get bored really quickly, what am I doing nearly 70 years old being bored? No chance. So I move on all the time.”
Plant, who just wrapped his North American dates behind his latest album, “Carry Fire”, continued: “The fact of that is, in the last 10 or 15 years, my work has been really well received. And it’s very nice to see, and it makes me feel a bit that I’m in the right place, at least for some people, even if other people just don’t know about it. I mean, it is basically about opening the blinds. Look, how many thousands of people are there in the airports that I travel through, who are amazed that they see me, yet have no idea of what I’m doing? Not a fucking clue. That’s how it goes, and I’m fine with that, especially since the emergency departments of the geriatric wards are filled with people like me, still hanging on, because there was something else before.”
He went on to say: “For me, my time has got to be filled with joy and endeavor and humor and power and absolute self-satisfaction. That’s not with LED ZEPPELIN. That’s doing what I’m doing right now, with this band, on this tour.”
Plant admitted to The Pulse Of Radio that no matter what he does, there will always be a cross-section of fans that rate it against his work with LED ZEPPELIN. “The LED ZEPPELIN myth has been extended now by the mission and the cult,” he said. “And so, everybody goes, ‘Oh, but ZEPPELIN was much better than that.’ Maybe it’ll happen to me, too, but I’ve kind of taken the essence of ZEPPELIN, and I am the singer of LED ZEPPELIN. And I’ve taken the essence of the changes of LED ZEPPELIN and brought it up to date. So, I could never, ever hope to top it. I could never expect to be taken as… taken to the hearts of people quite like LED ZEPPELIN was, because I’m only a part of it.”
Coming on March 23 is a newly remastered reissue of the LED ZEPPELIN 2003 live collection “How The West Was Won”. The set, which features new remastering supervised by Jimmy Page, marks the first offering from the band in celebration of its 50th anniversary this year.
“How The West Was Won” will be released in multiple formats including triple-CD, the first ever vinyl and Blu-ray Audio editions — with the Blu-ray containing hi-res 5.1 surround sound — and the LP version spread over four discs.