MrZoSo Posted December 16, 2007 Share Posted December 16, 2007 Not sure if this was posted already, but the Plant quote is one of interest. Led Zeppelin returns to stage Tuesday, December 11, 2007 By CHRIS LEHOURITES ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON -- The newest member of Led Zeppelin was given the honor of kicking off the band's reunion Monday night, pounding out the beat before the surviving founders joined in on a near-perfect "Good Times Bad Times." After the lights went down at London's O2 Arena, newsreel footage of the band arriving in Tampa, Fla., for a 1973 performance was projected onstage. With thousands of fans worked into a frenzy, drummer Jason Bonham, son of the late John Bonham, began thumping the skittering beat, soon to be joined by guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist-keyboardist John Paul Jones and singer Robert Plant. Monday's concert wasn't the first Led Zeppelin reunion, but it was surely the biggest. The band last played together in 19858. The song, rarely played live in the band's heyday, proved a perfect starting point for this performance: "In days of my youth, I was told what it means to be a man," sang Plant, showing no trouble reproducing his trademark wail at 59. "Now I've reached that age, I've tried to do all those things the best I can. ... No matter how I try, I find my way to the same old jam." While Page and Bonham both sported sunglasses, Plant mercifully kept his button-down shirt buttoned up. Zeppelin returned for the benefit show to play its first full set since 1980, the year John Bonham died after choking on his own vomit. Robbed of "Bonzo's" pulsing drums, the band decided it couldn't go on and split up on Dec. 4, 1980. Now, with an estimated 20 million fans vying for tickets pared down to a lucky 18,000 or so -- including one who paid more than $168,000 for his pair -- most of the rest are hoping for more tour dates. But Plant -- with his screeching, often unintelligible lyrics leading the way during the band's 12 years and eight studio albums -- may be toughest of the three to be convinced that it's a good idea to go on tour. "The whole idea of being on a cavalcade of merciless repetition is not what it's all about," the 59-year-old Page told The Sunday Times leading up to the performance. That certainly won't be music to the ears of millions of fans who are hoping hear "Stairway to Heaven," "Whole Lotta Love" and "Kashmir" in concert again. Plant, who recently released a successful album with bluegrass star Alison Krauss, did give an indication that this may not be the last of Led Zeppelin, however. "It wouldn't be such a bad idea to play together from time to time," Plant added. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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