Led Zeppelin fans worldwide have been collectively churning a recent mega-rumor: that the band could reunite for a concert, possibly in 2018, and possibly at the Desert Trip festival in California to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary.
Speculation was set off by a cryptic post to lead-singer Robert Plant’s website: “Any time now…”
Then the fire was really set by a brief post at Feel Numb.
After a few days of in which Zep enthusiasts checked their bank balances and tried to figure out how to get themselves to Indio, Calif. — fully aware that when the group reunited in 2007 at London’s O2 arena, 20 million people tried to buy 20,000 tickets — Billboard appeared to quash the fun.
“[T]here’s no deal in place to get Led Zeppelin’s surviving members — Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones — back together, sources say, while AEG hasn’t announced another Desert Trip festival for this year,” the publication reported. “The promise on Mr. Plant’s website, meanwhile, is more likely a tease to a forthcoming album than to an upcoming performance, sources tell Billboard.”
Last year’s Desert Trip was classic-rock hootenanny, featuring acts such as Paul McCartney, The Who, Neil Young and Bob Dylan.
The event was expensive and controversial, but it was a musical festival for everyone who was either too old or too rich to go to Bonnaroo.