Towards the end of last week, the rock world was buzzing with word that Robert Plant had finally agreed to reunite with his band mates for a tour next summer. As I wrote here on Friday, “Like so many other Led Zeppelin rumors we have heard over the past nine months or so, one has to wonder if this is just another one that will be shot down by way of a statement from a band spokesman in a day or two.”
Well, it appears that is exactly what has happened, although it is said to be Plant himself that is denying the rumors, and referring to them as “frustrating and ridiculous.”
Furthermore, a recent statement says: “Contrary to a spate of recent reports, Robert Plant will not be touring or recording with Led Zeppelin. Anyone buying tickets online to any such event will be buying bogus tickets.”
It is now being claimed that Plant has no plans to tour with anyone for at last two years once he has finished with his current tour alongside country singer Alison Krauss.
Last week, some rumors claimed that Plant caved in to demands from his band mates, who were said to be auditioning replacement singers, and would tour without him if he would not commit to joining them. I suppose it is easy to understand Plant’s frustration if those rumors were not factual.
The official statement on Plant’s website that addresses these rumors ends with the comment: “I wish Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham nothing but success with any future projects.”
Adding more fuel to the non-stop Zeppelin rumors is word that Jason Bonham, the presumed drummer for any future Led Zeppelin reunion, has put his U.K. home up for sale. The seven bedroom home is being offered for approximately $2.4 million, and although his real estate agent says that Bonham loves the home, and does really not want to sell it, it has become impractical, due to all the time he spends overseas.
Bonham currently lives in Florida, and has recently given up his position as drummer for Foreigner, something that has likely added to fan speculation about a up-coming Led Zeppelin tour.
Robert Plant certainly sounds determined about his plans to stay off the road for a couple of years, which makes any Led Zeppelin tours planned for next year, with just two original members, seem a lot less like a Led Zeppelin tour in the minds of a lot of dedicated fans.