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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Jason Bonham and John Paul Jones attend premiere of "Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day" at Ziegfeld Theatre on October 9, 2012 in New York City. Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant along with Jason Bonham attend premiere of Celebration Day at Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. Celebration Day captures their 2007 tribute concert for Atlantic Records Founder Ahmet Ertegun at London's O2 Arena. Film will be released worldwide on October 17, 2012 by Omniverse Vision on 1,500 screens in over 40 territories, it will then be available in multiple video and audio formats on November 19, 2012. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

With the 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin I looming and plenty of things planned to celebrate the legendary band in the coming year, many are still likely holding out for a reunion of some sort, but Robert Plant has been clear he’s not interested.  His reasoning, however, is both understandable and beautiful.

Jason Bonham, son of the late John Bonham, opened up about it in an interview with Billboard.  Bonham recalled the band’s 2007 performance at the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert in London and how after six weeks of rehearsals for the show, he thought more shows would be announced.

Bonham said he met up with Plant later on at a soccer game where he posed the question about a possible reunion tour, and Plant gave him this answer:  “…He said, ‘I loved your dad way too much. It’s no disrespect to you; You know the stuff better than all of us, and no one else who is alive can play it like you. But it’s not the same. I can’t go out there and fake it. I can’t be a jukebox. I can’t go out there and try to do it that way…When your father left us, left the world, that was it for Led Zeppelin. We couldn’t do what The Who did. It was too vital.’

Bonham understood and respected Plant’s answer and added, “…My dad and Robert, they’d known each other since they were, like, 15. It was a lot deeper for [Plant]. So I was OK with it. It was a great time, and to end it the way it did, with that great concert, was for the best.”

With reasoning like that, it’s difficult to be upset about Led Zeppelin not reuniting.  Jimmy Page might disagree, however, he might also appreciate Plant’s not-so-subtle dig at The Who in the process.


Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.