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article imageJimmy Page: Led Zeppelin reunion 'doesn't look likely'

By Earl Dittman     Sep 30, 2014 in Entertainment
At a press conference to promote the reissue of two seminal Led Zeppelin albums, the iconic rock guitarist said the chances of the band reforming don't look very good. However, Page is anxious to tour and play material spanning his entire career.
Holding court with members of the press at London's Olympic Studios to play tracks from the remastered/deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZOSO) and Houses Of The Holy, when the subject of a rumored and highly-anticipated reunion with singer Robert Plant, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones and drummer Jason Bonham (the son of the late John Bonham, who played with the band at their 2007 one-off show) was broached and Jimmy Page was asked if a Led Zep reformation could be happening in the near future, the guitar god offered up some potentially deflating and bad news for longtime fans.
Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
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"I don't think it looks as though that's a possibility or on the cards, so there's not much more I can say about that," Page candidly admitted. "I'm not going to give a detail-by-detail account of what one person says or another person says. All I can say is it doesn't look likely, does it?"
When a member of the press corps inquired if Robert Plant (who is busy promoting his new album Lullaby And...The Ceaseless Roar) was the one member most reluctant to reform Led Zeppelin, he would only offer-up this very firm response, "I've just said it doesn't look very likely."
While Plant is currently on tour in America, playing music from his new album as well as classic Led Zep tunes, Page said he was anxious to get his own band together and hit the live circuit as well. "If I was to play again, it would be with musicians that would be — some of the names might be new to you," he remarked. "I haven't put them together yet, but I'm going to do that next year. If I went out to play, I would play material that spanned everything from my recording career right back to my very, very early days with The Yardbirds. There would certainly be some new material in there as well."
Led Zeppelin in 2007 in London
Led Zeppelin in 2007 in London
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"I love playing live, I really do," he added. "Live concerts are always an interesting challenge because it means you can always change things as you're playing every night. You can make it even more of an adventure. I would play all of the things I'm known to play — instrumental versions of 'Dazed And Confused', etcetera, etcetera…"
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In 1968, John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant formed Led Zeppelin, one of the most influential, innovative and successful groups in modern music, having sold more than 300 million albums worldwide. The band rose from the ashes of The Yardbirds, when Page brought in Plant, Bonham and Jones to tour as The New Yardbirds. In 1969, Led Zeppelin released its self-titled debut. It marked the beginning of a 12-year reign, during which the group was widely considered to be the biggest and most innovative rock band in the world.
Led Zeppelin continues to be honored for its pivotal role in music history. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, and a year later was awarded with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm. Founding members Jones, Page and Plant — along with Jason Bonham, the son of John Bonham — took the stage at London's O2 Arena in 2007 to headline a tribute concert for Ahmet Ertegun, a dear friend and Atlantic Records' founder. The band was honored for its lifetime contribution to American culture at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2012. In January of 2014, the band won their first ever Grammy award as Celebration Day, which captured their live performance at the Ertegun tribute concert, was named Best Rock Album.
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More about the Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy reissues (out on October 28, 2014 from Atlantic/Swan Song):
As with the previous deluxe editions of their first three albums, these records have been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album. The second round of reissues begins with one of the most artistically influential and commercially successful albums in the history of music, Led Zeppelin IV. Released in November 1971, the album-which is officially untitled-defined the sound of rock music for a generation with ubiquitous anthems such as "Stairway To Heaven," "Rock And Roll," "Black Dog," and "When The Levee Breaks." The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999, has been certified 23x platinum by the RIAA.
The Led Zeppelin IV deluxe edition includes unreleased versions of every song heard on the original album including alternate mixes of "Misty Mountain Hop" and "Four Sticks," mixes of "The Battle Of Evermore" and "Going To California" heavy with guitar and mandolin, and the fabled, alternate version "Stairway To Heaven," mixed at the Sunset Sound Studio in Los Angeles which lets fans hear one of the most revered songs of all time as they have never heard it before.
Led Zeppelin topped the charts again in 1973 with Houses Of The Holy, which features legendary tracks such as "The Song Remains The Same" and "No Quarter" while also showcasing the continuing evolution of the band's signature sound with the reggae-tinged "D'yer Mak'er" and the funk jam "The Crunge." The album has been certified diamond by the RIAA for sales of over 11 million copies.
The seven unreleased tracks on the companion audio disc include rough and working mixes for "The Ocean" and "Dancing Days" that reveal a deeper look inside the recording sessions of these classic songs. Other standout recordings include the guitar mix backing track for "Over The Hills And Far Away" and a version of "The Rain Song" without piano.
Both albums will be available in the following formats:
• Single CD - Remastered album packaged in a gatefold card wallet.
• Deluxe Edition (2CD) - Remastered album, plus a second disc of unreleased companion audio.
• Single LP - Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP's first pressing in exacting detail.
• Deluxe Edition Vinyl (2LP) - Remastered album and unreleased companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.
• Digital Download - Remastered album and companion audio will both be available.
• Super Deluxe Boxed Set - This collection includes:
Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve.
Companion audio on CD in card wallet featuring new alternate cover art. Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing.
Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve with new alternate cover art.
High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit.
Hard bound, 80 page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia.
High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.
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