In their 1976 concert movie, The Song Remains the Same, Robert Plant asked the crowd, “Does anybody remember laughter?”
Forty-three years after the best example in modern history of something better left unsaid, Plant once again reinforced his embargo on a Led Zeppelin reunion tour.
“You can’t ever really go back.”
Led Zeppelin last played at London’s O2 Arena in 2007. The show was the band’s first major concert since John Bonham’s death in 1980, his son, Jason Bonham, sat in for him on drums. The concert, later released as a movie named Celebration Day, featured Plant, Jimmy Page and Paul Jones playing live together for the first time in years.
Plant is adamant about keeping Led Zeppelin in the past. “It’s tough enough repeating yourself with something that’s a year old, never mind forty-nine years old. I’ve got to keep moving.”
It would appear that the other band members are not as opposed to the idea as Plant, but aren’t pushing it. Promoters have tried their hats with no luck, as Plant continues his blues-roots pursuit.
Plant released an album on October 13th titled Carry Fire, via Nonesuch/Warner records. His last album, “Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar” came out in 2014 and was produced by Plant himself and recorded at Top Cat studio in Box, Wiltshire with some additional takes recorded at Real World and Rockfield studios. Plant’s eleven solo studio albums are an impressive feat for a man who fronted Led Zeppelin until 1980. Musicians coming off stretches with such big acts for so many years often feel a need to wind down instead of to continue producing, let alone at a rate like Plant’s.