Led Zeppelin Reunion ‘Too Heavy’ Says Robert Plant
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Since Led Zeppelin’s momentous reunion on December 10, 2007, at London’s O2 Arena, there have been numerous rumors and updates supplied by the members themselves of their next big get-together. Frontman Robert Plant is vocal about the band’s predicament, saying that he was distressed by the reunion even if it was a successful show.
Their final reunion was a collective decision to perform a one-off set to headline the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert. Ertegun is a key figure in the music industry who founded Atlantic Records, so it was only right for the band to pay him back with a fitting homage. Of course, millions of fans wet their pants at the news of history’s best blues-rock act coming back together after several decades, even if it was for a single show.
The demand for Led Zeppelin during that time was off the charts, where over 20 million people tried to get their hands on a limited 20,000-count golden ticket. This success didn’t faze Plant, however, who wanted no part in a simmering reunion. In an interview with Mojo in 2012, he recalled how he was uncomfortable even in the protection of his backstage dressing room.
“Twenty minutes after we finished, the Gallagher brothers were leaning on the door of my dressing room. One of them said: ‘You’re the real fucking thing, you are.’ I said: ‘I’ve known that all down the line but I think you need to go a little further round the corridor, next door on the left.’ And with that, I left quickly,” he said, talking about Liam and Noel Gallagher of Oasis.
Plant added: “I ended up in the Marathon pub in Camden, drank four bottles of Keo lager and half a bottle of vodka, then went to bed. Because I had to get away from it. I’d done it. I had to go. It was too heavy. Beautiful, but talk about examining your own mortality! Crazy.”
In a conversation with Rolling Stone about a potential reunion, he said: “I’ve gone so far somewhere else that I almost can’t relate to it. It’s a bit of a pain in the pisser to be honest. Who cares? I know people care, but think about it from my angle – soon, I’m going to need help crossing the street.”
“You can’t ever really go back. It’s tough enough repeating yourself with something that’s a year old, never mind 49 years old. I’ve got to keep moving,” said Plant, echoing his semtimetns in 2017.