Robert Plant: I won't reform Zeppelin to be popular
- Bang Showbiz
- 17 October 2014
Robert Plant has no interest in reuniting Led Zeppelin and certainly won't do it to be "loved by the public"
Robert Plant won't reform Led Zeppelin just to be popular with fans.
The 66-year-old singer knows his bandmate Jimmy Page wants reunite the group again and he is aware thousands of fans want it to happen but he won't do it to please other people because he's happy with his solo career.
Speaking about the chances of a reunion happening, Plant said: "If I really wanted to be loved by the public, I know what I'd have to do, which I'm not going to do - so I have nothing to lose.
"Anyone who is famous is dealing with the same s**t. It's just a question of how you deal with it. Now I can see how ridiculous I am, or at least, was. Am I a pop singer, a rock singer, the guy from Led Zeppelin? Actually I'm just a bloke with the facility to get out all these emotions within the musical company I'm keeping. And I'm burning every bridge as I go."
Plant last played with Led Zeppelin in 2007 at a tribute concert for Ahmet Ertegün - the music executive who signed them to Atlantic Records - reuniting with guitarist Page and bassist John Paul Jones, while Jason Bonham filled in for his late father John Bonham on drums.
Although he has no interest in reforming the band, the vocalist doesn't want to turn his back on the rockers' legacy and plays altered versions of classic Led Zeppelin tracks at his live shows.
Plant - who recently released his latest solo LP
'Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar' - was also heavily involved in the recent re-issues of their first three albums and was proud to be so.
In an interview with The Times newspaper, he said: "Doing mutations of the old numbers (live) is a way of getting people through the door. It's fine to use Zeppelin songs and combine them with new material, because if you play with the same intent all the way through, they're alive ... Also, we all worked on the re-issues. We all put the time into finding old photographs in whatever barns they happened to be hidden away in. I'm proud of mostly everything I've done, even the funny haircuts in the 1980s."