Thursday, May 4, 2017

Op-Ed Piece: Should Led Zeppelin Reunite?

I was reading online today that there are rumours floating about for Led Zeppelin to reunite and play together for the first time in 10 years at Desert Trip. These rumours were started due to some supposed "well placed sources" and the fact that a few weeks back singer Robert Plant changing the home page of his website to just a page of black with text saying "Any time now..." with no further way to navigate.

It's been no secret however that Plant has been working on a new album with his band The Sensational Space Shifters since January. Personally, I think that whatever Plant is doing right now is in relation to that or some big tour he intends to embark on. He might even be planning to retire. Who knows? I don't think it is a Led Zeppelin reunion though because he has shot down HUGE offers to do it countless times over the years.

That said, if hypothetically Zeppelin is planning on reuniting is it necessarily a good idea? Plant has made it clear time and time again that he wouldn't want to do it, in a 2014 interview on Zeppelin having done a tour, saying:

”A tour would have been an absolute menagerie of vested interests and the very essence of everything that’s s—ty 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!”

If Zeppelin did get together to play that is kind of what they would be. Just a jukebox playing all the old fan favorites just for the sake of nostalgia. In my opinion that would go against the very artistic integrity that Led Zeppelin stood for. Odds are they wouldn't be making any new music at all, which is the only way I would even consider a reunion even a slightly ok idea.

The thing is though is that each of the surviving members of Led Zeppelin are different people and musicians now. They each have their own things going and have moved on from the days of being big time stadium filling rock stars. It really wouldn't be the same experience that people would be envisioning. It wouldn't be like their 70's heyday shows.

I kind of admire Plant's desire to keep pushing forward as an artist rather than keep going back to the past like so many people would want him to. Even if I'm not the biggest fan of what he does these days I still can appreciate that driving spirit. I know not everyone in the band shares the exact sentiment, but I like that the spirit of the band is being preserved and everyone in it pushing forward to some degree or another. Led Zeppelin is the past and while it should be celebrated, should be left there.

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