Will Jason Bonham‘s kick drum feature his Dad’s locked-rings symbol? Hope so.
Although the recent Rolling Stone cover story was encouraging, there seems to be some last-minute trepidation from the
boys geezers in the band. Jimmy Page, for example, doesn’t want fans to compare tonight’s performance with their epic shows of yore. According to NME:
"I’m not going to compare anything to anything," he said. "Before you know it people will be asking how this [reunion show] compares to the ’70s."
For reasons I previously discussed, Zep have had to rearrange their tunes to accommodate for age and rustiness. I pray this doesn’t mean an Egyptian chamber group backing them up like on Page & Plant’s ’90s performances. But it’s hard to tell from this article:
Page added, "When we did [1994 MTV performance with Robert Plant] ‘Unledded’ we totally changed the format of he songs. It was revisiting, but it wasn’t a facsimile reproduction."
The always reputable FOX News suggested that Page was even getting cold feet:
There was still some talk Monday at the rehearsals that Page wasn’t absolutely certain about joining Robert Plant and John Paul Jones for the reunion. But Led Zeppelin will go on, and the word is that their two-hour set will be a precursor for their first tour since bell bottoms were in fashion.
Even Robert Plant, who previously flat-out denied the possibility of further shows, is hinting at a new campaign. Sort of, anyway. From a recent interview:
Despite previously saying that tonight’s (December 10th) show at the O2 Arena would be a ‘one-off’, Plant told the Sunday Times that “it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to play together from time to time.”
He was quick to explain what he said later in the same interview, however, claiming that it was “somebody else inside me was saying that."
“Not the bloke from Wolverhampton,” he added. “The bloke from the land of the ice and snow, the bloke with his shirt unbuttoned down to his waist — and he can shut up. We’re not having any more of that. It was great, but I’ve got to go down the highway now.”
It pains me to admit it, but even if they tour the US with wheelchairs and respirators, I’m going. Better clear out some space on my credit cards.
In other news, I had a dream last night that I saw Ben from Farm playing on the National Mall with a different band. They/he were pretty good.
One song left to record for my album Northern Lights. Maybe it’ll be done by Christmas?