Don’t ask Led Zeppelin if they’re getting the band back together.
Numerous reporters tried yesterday at a press conference promoting the release of their concert film, “Celebration Day,” but the British rock gods dodged and weaved. “We’ve been thinking about all sorts of things. But we can’t remember what we were thinking about,” quipped lead singer Robert Plant. John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and John Bonham’s son, Jason Bonham, who played drums on the band’s one-off 2007 tribute concert for friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, were equally mute on the subject (actually, Bonham never commented one way or another on the topic; he just seemed stoked to be there).
“At this time five years ago we were rehearsing to get to the O2. If you think about the time it gets something like that to get together, it seems unlikely,” said Page. He continued: “We were so happy we were getting it right and taking it beyond what we thought we were about that night. To do that four nights a week is a different thing entirely.”
But they never said never. So there is still hope for all you Zepp fans out there. And if you do either catch them live or see the film, keep an eye open for the band’s facial expressions. “We used to call ourselves ‘The Band of Nods’ because if you missed a cue you would nod — that had nothing to do with opiates,” said Plant. “And now, we’ve turned into ‘The Band of Middle Aged Grins.'”