In a brand new interview with The Daily Beast, LED ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page was asked why the band didn’t continue in 1980 after the death of drummer John Bonham, and why he doesn’t expect them to reunite again as they did at London’s O2 in 2007.
“LED ZEPPELIN was a creative force that you can’t just snap your fingers and create,” he responded. “It was a blend of these four master musicians, and each of us were important to the sum total of what the band was. I like to think that if it had been me that wasn’t there, the others would have made the same decision not to carry on. Besides, we couldn’t just get somebody in there and say, ‘Do this, this way?’ That wouldn’t have been honest or of the same creative nature that we had always striven for. And it’s why we still have only done it properly once.”
He continued: “We tried [to reunite] a few times. It always seemed to be done in a hurry and it never worked. That’s why the O2 show was done with such intent. We rehearsed loads so that Jason —John‘s son — felt like he was part of the band and not just some novelty. We all needed it to be that way. But I can’t foresee doing it again, because we all have to agree and agree for the right reasons.”
LED ZEPPELIN singer Robert Plant last year mocked Page‘s remarks regarding Plant‘s on-again, off-again interest in a LED ZEPPELIN reunion. Page, who was promoting the deluxe reissues of the first three ZEPPELIN albums, came out and blamed Plant for being the bandmember thwarting any hopes of a ZEPPELIN reunion tour. During a lengthy interview with The New York Times, Page said, “I was told last year that Robert Plant said he is doing nothing in 2014, and what do the other two guys think? Well, he knows what the other guys think. Everyone would love to play more concerts for the band. He’s just playing games, and I’m fed up with it, to be honest with you. I don’t sing, so I can’t do much about it. It just looks so unlikely, doesn’t it?”
During Plant‘s press conference in Morocco to publicize his side band, the SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS‘ shows, Plant addressed Page‘s comments, saying, “He needs to go to sleep and have a good rest, and think again. We have a great history together and like all brothers we have these moments where we don’t speak on the same page, but that’s life.”