Robert Plant hates the idea of a Led Zeppelin reunion tour.
Plant explained why he is so opposed to reuniting with Led Zeppelin for a nostalgia tour in a recent interview with Rolling Stone.
“You’re going back to the same old s—,” he said. “A tour would have been an absolute menagerie of vested interests and the very essence of everything that’s s—y about big-time stadium rock.”
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Plant made the comments while promoting the release of two previously unheard Led Zeppelin recordings. The band also plans to reissue its first three albums next month.
Led Zeppelin last toured together in the summer of 1980, when they played 14 shows in Europe. The band was rehearsing for a North American tour later that year when drummer John Bonham died from alcohol-related asphyxia.
The group immediately cancelled the pending tour and officially split up shortly afterwards.
The surviving band members reunited for individual shows several times, but did not play a full-length concert together until they headlined a tribute show for Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun in London’s 02 Arena in 2007.
At the time, an international reunion tour seemed imminent to fans and to many involved with the band, including to Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page.
“At the time of the 02 show we were led to believe there were going to be more,” Page told Rolling Stone. “You’ll have to ask Robert why he changed his mind. I don’t even know if he considered it. I don’t know what he thinks.”
Despite his current refusal, Plant suggested that a reunion was possible in the right situation.
“I just think everything has to be new,” he said. “Then you can incorporate history.”