Sorry folks, but the rumors aren’t true. A few weeks ago, the music community was ablaze when a rumor was passed around that the legendary rock band, Led Zeppelin, would be reuniting at Desert Trip 2017. The rumor began when Metal Insider reported that Robert Plant’s official website had changed to a black screen with the words, “Any time now…” ominously shown in white. Of course, this could mean anything, the most likely being a new Robert Plant solo album being announced soon.
The timing of this change to the website couldn’t have come sooner, only fueling the rumors of an upcoming Led Zeppelin reunion brought on by the website Feel Numb who claimed that these rumors were true:
“I have some well placed sources in the industry telling me that Robert Plant has agreed to reunite Led Zeppelin for Desert Trip 2017. Rumor has it they turned down a reported $14 million dollar pay day to play at last years festival and that this year there are “millions & millions” of more reasons why they should do it.”
This appearance at Desert Trip would have coincided with the 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be the case. According to Billboard:
“Gary Tovar, the founder of AEG’s Goldenvoice promotion unit, told The Guardian in an interview last month that ‘we’d like to bring up the Led [Zeppelin], if you know what I mean,’ fueling the rumors even though Tovar is no longer part of the company.
“But there’s no deal in place to get Led Zeppelin’s surviving members — Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones — back together, sources say, while AEG hasn’t announced another Desert Trip festival for this year.
“The promise on Mr. Plant’s website, meanwhile, is more likely a tease to a forthcoming album than to an upcoming performance, sources tell Billboard.”
Despite how this sounds, Metal Injection maintains that the rumors of a reunion still carry weight to them. Even if the story Billboard has put out is true, and there is no deal currently in place, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be one in the future. Negotiations could be currently underway, and the trajectory of the rumors are similar to how Guns N’ Roses got started on their own reunion tour. Only time will tell, so don’t put all of your eggs in one basket, but don’t uncross your fingers just yet.
The last time Led Zeppelin reunited was back in 2007, with original members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones reuniting with Jason Bonham, son of the band’s late drummer, John Bonham, playing the drums.