Jimmy Page Says Robert Plant Is Too Busy For Led Zeppelin Reunions
They played one show at the O2 Arena in London five years ago, which was filmed and released on DVD this week. Page said it was only Plant’s schedule that stopped them from having more live dates and touring around the world.
Page said: “Some of us thought we would be continuing, that there were going to be more concerts in the not-too-distant-future. Because there was a lot of work being put into the show. He was busy. He was doing his Alison Krauss project. I wasn’t fully aware it was going to be launched at the same time. So what do you do in a situation like that? I’d been working with the other two guys for the percentage of the rehearsals at the O2. We were connecting well. The weakness was that none of us sang.“
Plant released his Raising Sand album with Alison Krauss before the London show, which had the band trying to record with different singers to try to replace Plant. Page added: “We didn’t do any professional recording. We just had a little digital recorder. I thought it was good. I wasn’t going to walk away from it. But the weakness came up again. It was, ‘We gotta have a singer’. It sounded premature. I could see what way it was going. Various people thought we should go on tour. I thought we needed a good, credible album, not do something that sounded like we were trying to milk The O2. We had put so much toward The O2. And the three of us were catching up with stuff. It was very good, seriously promising. But there was this other thing going on. And that’s it.“
Page is currently working on remastered versions of the band’s back catalog, which will be released in 2013. Their live album Celebration Day is currently behind Rihanna’s Unapologetic in sales for the #1 album in the UK.