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Robert Plant dismisses idea of Led Zeppelin reunion tour: “I’m not part of a jukebox!”

Robert Plant // Photo by Paul R. Giunta
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    While Led Zeppelin’s in the process of reissuing their first three LPs and unearthing previously unreleased music, frontman Robert Plant doesn’t see a reunion tour happening anytime soon. After their brief, one-off reunion at London’s O2 Arena in 2007, Plant distanced himself from the band and hasn’t looked back since. Now, in a new interview with Rolling Stone, he addresses recent reunion rumors and why seven years ago he walked away from what could have potentially been a Led Zeppelin comeback.

    “You’re going back to the same old shit,” he told Rolling Stone. “A tour would have been an absolute menagerie of vested interests and the very essence of everything that’s shitty about 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!”

    He added, “Do you know why the Eagles said they’d reunite when ‘hell freezes over,’ but they did it anyway and keep touring? “It’s not because they were paid a fortune. It’s not about the money. It’s because they’re bored. I’m not bored.”

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    However, Plant doesn’t want to completely rule out the possibility of re-joining Led Zeppelin, especially if the circumstances were right. “I don’t think there’s any reason for me to do that,” he explained. “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.”

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