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Saturday, September 22, 2012
Led Zeppelin: 10 Reasons Why They Never Will Reunite
surviving members of Led Zeppelin gathered yesterday for the first
time since their acclaimed reunion show in 2007 – and offered ten
reasons why they’ll never do it again. (Thanks to Classic Rock Magazine)
It was a relief to get through the reunion show.
a terrible thing to say, but in truth, the idea of actually being
where I am now in my lifetime, to get back in the middle of that
music, was a spectacular experience. I was approaching it from a
different angle, so to get through it and come out the other side was
something not much short of miraculous, I think. But great fun.”
remember walking up the steps onto the stage, and then the moment
right at the very end of it. The rest of it had passed very, very
quickly, actually, but I knew, and the lasting memory of it was that
I knew we did what we intended to do: go out there, stand up and be
Paul Jones: “My
lasting memory: getting through it all. It was pretty good. It worked
out really well, but it was a relief at the end of it.”
It’s part of their past.
don’t see each other too often, but no sooner do we start talking
than some little innuendo creeps in. Some old memory pops up, and you
go ‘Whoa, that’s one to forget!’ There’s lot of those things
Stairway to Heaven doesn’t mean what it used to mean.
struggle with some of the lyrics. The musicality and the construction
of it is peerless. But maybe I didn’t feel quite the same about the
lyrics later on in life, as I got further down the road. Maybe I’m
still trying to work out what I was talking about… every other
The passage of time doesn’t mean much.
years is five minutes in Led Zeppelin time.”
They didn’t know how to rehearse without new material.
didn’t have any material, did we?”
not really, we were just doing whatever. But it was just the
intensity of what was going on: the communion, if you like, of the
four of us. It was very intense, right from the start.”
You just can’t be Led Zeppelin without John Bonham.
was great – all the songs we played throughout the Zeppelin years,
we would end songs in a different way to accommodate the next song.
We would play something and say, ‘Well, how does this one end?’
We’d all look at Jason, and Jason would go, ‘Well, in 1971, you
did this, and in 1973, you went into this…’ He had this
encyclopaedic knowledge of everything, and it was just a real
got some great bootlegs. Some great Beatles stuff too. He’s a mine
of information. I don’t know which band he’s going to be in next
– but he’s really got it down.”
It was more fun in those days.
weren’t having to follow up a single or any of this stuff. We were
there to make music. It was a much easier process – and more
positive for musicians.”
Nobody thought about reunions.
people we met along the way were brigands to some degree. Everybody
was just having a great time, and the concept of looking back, and
asking about what you said about, ‘Don’t you think you could do
it again?’ There was no thought about ‘What do you think about it
They look back on their inspirations differently.
very early blues and rockabilly, I can still put on and really get
excited by it, now, still. Except – along the way, I think, each
and every one of us, our tastes became more eclectic across the
board. But it was that music that I heard when I was 12 or 13 that
really seduced me. And it did a good job of seducing me.”
many more doors have opened in the last 40 years to access singers
like King Solomon Hill, and some fantastic guys from the delta who
maybe only cut four or five sides. But they shaped so much for other
people. Willie Brown – who Robert Johnson sings about in Cross Road
Blues – I think he cut five or six sides, and he was great . But
everybody was out to play all sorts of different kinds of music along
with the blues. Robert Johnson used to play all sorts of stuff,
including songs of the day. To me, it’s a home of the heart. I
really still feel moved by what their lives and their worlds and
their aspirations might have been. Like we do, they came from another
time. We can’t come from another time, really now.”
The journey was over.
just hugged each other and went: ‘Pffft’. There was a real
feeling of camaraderie and, actually, successful adventure, really.
As Jimmy was saying, it was nuts that we didn’t do any warm-up gigs
or anything like that.”
was a massive party that went on afterwards. There were lot of
celebrities there. They must have had a great party while we
disappeared off into the evening.”