Plant rules out Led Zeppelin reunion

Mon Sep 29, 2008 3:59pm EDT
 
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LONDON (Reuters) - Former Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant has put paid to persistent rumors that the British rock giants were planning to reunite for a tour.

The famous foursome got back together for a one-off charity gig in London last December, and the media has speculated ever since that they could stage a comeback tour that would be expected to sell out arenas around the world.

Band insiders have said that Plant, who is touring the United States with Alison Krauss, has been the most reluctant to get back together, and a statement on his website on Monday made clear his intentions.

"Robert Plant and Alison Krauss are currently touring the USA on the last leg of their 'Raising Sand' tour," he said, adding that the tour finished on October 5.

"After those dates, Robert has no intention whatsoever of touring with anyone for at least the next two years.

"Contrary to a spate of recent reports, Robert Plant will not be touring or recording with Led Zeppelin."

He called the reports "both frustrating and ridiculous," before adding: "I wish (guitarist) Jimmy Page, (bassist/instrumentalist) John Paul Jones and (drummer) Jason Bonham nothing but success with any future projects."

Bonham's father John died in 1980 after a drinking binge, prompting the demise of a group that created hits like "Stairway to Heaven" and "Whole Lotta Love," and has sold more than 300 million albums and influenced countless bands.

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)

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<p>Musician Robert Plant (C), formerly of Led Zeppelin, performs at the main stage during the Exit music festival in the Serbian town of Novi Sad July 12, 2007. REUTERS/Marko Djurica</p>