Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy tells Music Radar that in 2008, he teamed up with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham’s son Jason for what was a partial Led Zeppelin reunion, but “was never supposed to be Led Zeppelin per se.” Kennedy explained, “I got together with them in June 2008 and we just jammed some ideas. Everything went really well, but I was just flattered beyond belief to be in the same room with these guys. Everything I learned about rock I learned from Led Zeppelin.” Read more.
Yahoo! Music caught up with Led Zeppelin members John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page about the group’s reunion show at The O2 in London on December 10th. The guys talked about how its coming about, how the passion and intensity is still there for the band, how Jimmy’s fractured little finger is doing, how Jason Bonham is doing filling in the drummer role for his long deceased father John, how they guys are getting along, and finally making the Zeppelin catalog available for digital download. The interview at Yahoo.com has since been removed.
In Led Zeppelin’s Return Flight Interview, the veteran band discussed their return. The group now features surviving members Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones, and the son of late drummer John Bonham, Jason Bonham. The 2-part video interview features the guys talking about mending fences, what they’ve been doing over the years during the split, how there was something missing when Robert was doing solo work, how punk has gone mainstream, and more. The band will reunite in aid of the Ahmet Ertegun education fund for a show at The O2 in London on November 26th. The interview video at Yahoo.com has since been removed.
Dominic Mohan of The Sun spoke with Led Zeppelin guitar legend Jimmy Page who says rock is back, but its revival won’t include a reuniting of Led Zeppelin — at least for now. “The group members have not actually discussed it,” Page said. “Everyone thinks we’re doing it and it’s really aggravating because if there was going to be a tour, we’d make an announcement. It’s got nothing to do with us and it’s absolutely annoying. It won’t happen until such time as we’ve had a chance to talk about it musically. We’d do it quite clandestinely and see whether it’s a going concern. Just because the last project has been a success it doesn’t mean we’d be more inclined to do it.”
Jimmy Page, guitarist for Led Zeppelin, chatted with NPR to promote the band’s new album and DVD. Page talked about his early session work, the skills of late drummer John Bonham, his thoughts on the ‘heavy metal’ tag the band was the first to receive, and more. Listen to the 21 minute interview, which includes clips of the group’s classic tracks, here.
HitsDailyDouble.com reports that according to early reports from national accounts, Led Zeppelin’s new three-CD package of live recordings from two L.A. concerts in 1972, ‘How the West Was Won’, will easily sell 100k and may go as high as 120k for the week. That figure should be enough to challenge Staind and the Deftones for the #1 spot in the album charts next week. Meanwhile, the ‘Led Zeppelin DVD” is on track to clear 80,000 units.
Led Zeppelin leader and guitarist, Jimmy Page, who compiled the just released ‘Led Zeppelin DVD’ and live album, tells Reuters he remembers all the concerts as if they were yesterday. “To actually go through it bit by bit and hear sections of it, you go, ‘Yeah, yeah, that’s really good’ or ‘I played really well there’ or ‘My God, that’s embarrassing, that bit I played then’,” he said.
Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl tells CDNow.com that he’d like to get the drumming job on a Led Zeppelin reunion tour instead of the son of the late drummer John Bonham. “Here’s my new mission. Led Zeppelin is doing a reunion tour. John Paul Jones, Robert Plant. I gotta get that drumming gig. I gotta do it if Starkey don’t get it,” Dave tells writer JT LeRoy in the next issue of Flaunt magazine. “This is my mission. I have John Bonham tattoos … one on my wrist, one on my shoulder, another on my shoulder. This is the first time I’ve ever said this in an interview. When I was a kid, I actually had this freaky séance thing where I lit all these candles and I was sitting in front of this three-circled thing, like I sold my soul to Led Zeppelin. It’s so retarded.”
Led Zeppelin are once again denying reports that they are to reunite for a tour in 2003. The partner for Robert Plant and Jimmy Page’s Trinifold management company, Robert Rosenberg, told BBC News Online the reports were “completely speculative”. “We don’t know where these stories are coming from – certainly not from our office,” said Mr Rosenberg. “At this point there is no tour, nor any plans for one, and no discussions have taken place about a tour.” Read more.
The Toronto Sun reports a Launch.com claim that a Led Zeppelin reunion “could well be in the offing” for 2003, according to “sources inside band management” is untrue based on what representatives of the three surviving Zeppelinites have since told them. A spokesman for singer Robert Plant: “This news piece comes up every year. Robert won’t be able to interview about this.” Canoe.ca has since removed the article.