On November 21st, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about his new book, aptly titled Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page, and his future touring plans, without and without Led Zeppelin. He also shot down rumors that the band was offered $800 million by billionaire Richard Branson to reunite and tour.
“Well, I don’t know anything about it. No, I really don’t,” Page claims. “So, it’s quite – I’ve heard a minor detail on this. I don’t know anything about this. I didn’t know anything about this at all.”
“Do you think that there’s a chance ya’ll would reunite and tour?” the talk show host asks.
“Well, I don’t know, it’s becoming very difficult,” Page claims as the crowd applauds. “I think you’ve got the wrong one sitting here. But I must say that — I had heard a little whisper about [the rumor] last night, but it’s just — not in my world, there’s nothing to do — I never saw anything about it — contracts or anything. So, I just don’t know where all of that comes from.”
“But if it was up to you, you would love to reunite and tour?” DeGeneres asks.
“Well, I love playing Led Zeppelin music, let’s put it that way,” Page claims as he acknowledges applause.
Earlier this month, The UK’s Daily Mirror reported that singer Robert Plant had ripped up a contract for 35 concert dates in front of astonished promoters after the two other founding members — Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones — and drummer Jason Bonham, son of original founding member John Bonham, agreed to sign on.
The article was picked up by media outlets all over the world, including The Music Universe, but was apparently false as Plant’s publicist told the UK’s Guardian that the report was “rubbish.” Not long after the story went viral, it was removed from the Daily Mirror’s website.
Rumors surrounding a Zeppelin reunion have circulated since the band’s one off concert, Celebration Day, at London’s O2 Arena in 2007. Over the years, Page and Plant have both been outspoken on several occasions about reuniting. Despite Page’s willingness to reunite with his former bandmates, Plant has made it clear that he is “not part of a jukebox” and there is “zero” chance of a reunion.
“You’re going back to the same old shit,” he told Rolling Stone in an interview earlier this year. “A tour would have been an absolute menagerie of vested interests and the very essence of everything that’s shitty about big-time stadium rock. We were surrounded by a circus of people that would have had our souls on the fire. I’m not part of a jukebox!”
“Well, I love playing Led Zeppelin music, let’s put it that way.”
However, later in the same interview, Plant contradicted his words by stating, “I don’t think there’s any reason for me to [rule out a reunion]. Otherwise we’ve got nothing to be mystic about…Everything will develop as it develops. All doors are open. All phone lines are open. I don’t hear from anybody. Talk is cheap…But I just think everything has to be new. Then you can incorporate history.”
In May, Page told the New York Times, “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?”
Plant then fired back stating, “I think 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.”
No matter what the future may hold for Led Zeppelin, Page tells DeGeneres that after spending years working on reissuing deluxe editions of all nine of the band’s classic albums, “I’m just really wanting to get out there and play live. Well, it’s next year and this is what I have in mind… I just have to put it together.”
Watch the entire segment below.
Author: Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.