Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Page rules out Led Zeppelin reunion

Jason Bonham, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones (Dario Cantatore/Invision/AP)

Led Zeppelin will not be reuniting any time soon.

That message came through loud and clear with sarcasm, stoic silence and even the occasional barb at reporters who dared to ask - just the mere mention of the topic set lead singer Robert Plant off at a press conference for the band's upcoming concert film, Celebration Day.

But at the film's premiere later in the evening in New York, guitarist Jimmy Page set the record straight, sort of, about a potential reunion.

"I think it's disappointing for people when the answer is no," he said. But he later added: "That's what it is now."

Celebration Day covers the band's 2007 reunion concert at London's O2 Arena. Original members Plant, Page and John Paul Jones, as well as Jason Bonham, son of the late John Bonham, played the one-off tribute concert to honour Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.

"Once the idea was proposed 'Would we do the concert?', it had to be Jason," Page said. Since the death of Bonham in 1980, the band has only played a handful of gigs, with the 2007 tribute concert being the last time. The group enlisted the younger Bonham, a successful drummer in his own right, to play with the band.

On the red carpet, Bonham said he understands why the fans want something more from the band, but feels there is good reason to put it to rest. "I think it's probably frustrating to the public when they see how good it is, and they go 'Why won't you do any more?' They don't get it," Bonham said. "But you know what, there's a time, and for me it's when John Bonham was in Led Zeppelin."

During a news conference earlier in the day, as the questions mounted about anything to do with their future the band responded with silence.

At one point, Page mentioned that the reunion concert was five years ago and that if there was a chance they were reuniting, people would have heard. "Seems pretty unlikely, doesn't it?" he said.

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