September 21, 2012 13:01
Led Zeppelin refuse to rule out further reunion shows
Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones launched their new concert film in London today
Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones made a rare public appearance today (September 21) to launch their new Celebration Day concert film of their 2007 show at the London's 02 Arena. After a screening of the film at the Odeon West End, the bandmates answered questions from the assembled press.
But when pressed on the possibility of coming together again for more shows, the band remained evasive. When asked if the 02 show had excited them enough to regroup once more, Jimmy Page answered, "Can I just ask you all if you enjoyed the film?"
When the journalist in question retorted by asking if he could have his question answered, Robert Plant replied, "That would be kiss and tell."
The band also completely dodged a question regarding "how crazy" the amount of money put on the table with regards to any future shows was.
Elsewhere in the Q&A session, asked whether they was any new music that has caught their attention, Plant declared that, "Mumford and Sons excite me, because they do have drama and they do have optimism, and they turn a crowd upside down."
The DVD release comes five years after their legendary 02 performance, which saw them reunite to honour late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. Asked why it had taken so long for the concert to get an official release, bass player John Paul Jones joked: "Five years is five minutes in Zeppelin time!"
The surviving members praised the performance at the show and in rehearsals of Jason Bonham - the son of their late drummer John Bonham, for a two-hour set, with Plant describing his knowledge of past Zeppelin performances as "encyclopaedic".
As many as 20 million people applied for tickets to the gig - the band's first headline show in 27 years – but only 18,000 were lucky enough to win in the lottery.
Celebration Day will screen in cinemas from October 17, following premieres on September 13. The film will then get a general DVD release on November 19. A deluxe edition will also include footage of the Shepperton rehearsals, as well as BBC news footage.
The tracklisting for Celebration Day is as follows:
'Good Times Bad Times'
'In My Time Of Dying'
'For Your Life'
'Trampled Under Foot'
'Nobody's Fault But Mine'
'Since I've Been Loving You'
'Dazed And Confused'
'Stairway To Heaven'
'The Song Remains The Same'
'Misty Mountain Hop'
'Whole Lotta Love'
'Rock And Roll'
Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has previously ruled out another reunion of the band, saying in a 2011 interview with Rolling Stone: "I've gone so far somewhere else that I almost can't relate to it... It's a bit of a pain in the pisser to be honest. Who cares? I know people care, but think about it from my angle - soon, I'm going to need help crossing the street."
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