Motown Posted December 11, 2007 Share Posted December 11, 2007 Okay, so I already know the likelihood of ANY Led Zep members actually reading this are very slim to very none, but what do I have to lose by trying? In 1980, Led Zep was slated to play here in Detroit at a brand new Joe Louis Arena on October 30/31. I was going into junior high school at the time, and Led Zep was already my favorite band - by far. Although I was/am a keyboard player, Jimmy Page was my idol, and I still to this day cannot believe the emotions he emits on that guitar. Robert Plant epitomized everything about the 70's - an era in which I was born slightly too late to fully enjoy and appreciate. John Paul Jones has always been an influence for me on the keyboards, and remains to this day the most underrated bass player there has ever been. His songwriting skills are magical, to boot. And needless to say, John Bonham was the best rock drummer of all-time - and if he were still here today, would still put just about every drummer out there to shame. I never got to see that show. I was so excited getting tickets to see my favorite band, and did my best to keep the secret from my mom. My birthday came and went on September 17, and all I could think about was the concert I would get to see just over a month from that day. Then, a week after my birthday, John Bonham tragically passed away. I was stunned, and couldn't believe the news. Suddenly, nothing else mattered. Although part of me was selfish and still wanted them to carry on for my own benefit, I was neither surprised or angered by the announcement that they would disband. It was the right thing to do. And so it went. Oh sure, there were a few surprises after the fire had burned out. I sat with goosebumps in front of the TV watching Live Aid, and even though the performance was severely flawed (thanks in many ways to the senseless addition of Phil Collins on drums), I was convinced that was as close as I would ever get to seeing Led Zeppelin. As the 80's pressed on, I bought any Robert Plant solo albums that came about, as well as The Firm - looking for ANY sembelence of Zep in any of the songs. There were moments, but it just wasn't the same. Anyway, I could go on and on, but the point to all this rambling is simple: LED ZEPPELIN has just proven that, after twenty eight years, they are STILL the greatest rock band of all-time. So now we come to the shameless begging: ROBERT PLANT, I love you. WE love you. And while your solo material is good, your place - the place you made your own - is the singer of LED ZEPPELIN. And you have just proven beyond the shadow of a doubt - to the entire planet - that the song, does indeed, remain the same. PLEASE, Robert. PLEASE. If 20 million people vying for 18,000 tickets doesn't change your priorities, then I suppose nothing ever will. But I write this not just for myself, but for the millions upon millions that would still love a chance to see a Led Zeppelin concert. The money taken in by such a tour would be downright staggering, and if you're not interested in keeping that money, then just think how many charities (Ahmet Ertegun, etc.) that you could help by donating proceeds. I have seen preliminary estimations of a nightly performance by Led Zep grossing 2-3 million dollars. I guarantee that here in Detroit - and likely most major cities here in the US - that you would be playing a minimum of 3 shows just to satisfy the throngs of Zep fans within the state. I have already accepted the fact that I'll never get to meet any of you, and although that has always been my #1 dream, I can't think of anything next in line to that which would be better than seeing a live LED ZEPPELIN concert - and it would have extra meaning taking place in 2008, 40 years after the inception of the band. If a tour doesn't happen, it will be a crying shame. But if that's the way it's really meant to be, then I enjoyed the ride of last night's show in London. I wasn't there, haven't seen any live clips yet, but I felt a wave of emotion that NO OTHER BAND ON THE PLANET can evoke. I had goosebumps just watching the coverage on local news, and I felt like laughing and crying all at once. Do you have any idea how many others you make feel that exact same way? I suppose anyone can say they're a fan of something, but until that something makes you feel the way I feel and have felt about LED ZEPPELIN, it pales in comparison. And my story here is just one person's. I imagine there are millions upon millions that have a similar story, and they deserve to witness your show just as well. Thank-you, Robert. Thank-you, Jimmy. Thank-you, John Paul. And thank-you, Jason. If that's as close as we ever get, it was very much worth it. But I can only hope that was the beginning, rather than the end! - JP Detroit, MI, USA Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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