Robert Plant From Led Zeppelin Is Being Selfish
They say that one person can't make a difference. That was before the advent of social media. Now one person with an opinion via social media can find a few militant like-minded folks and if their opinion strikes a chord with 20 or 30 people who share something with their 500-600 Facebook friends they can effect a change.
That leads me the to greatest rock supergroup that has ever lived ... Led Zeppelin. Their brand of what was labeled "heavy metal" in 1969 changed rock music every bit as much as the Grunge music scene did in 1990. Prior to their arrival, the Beatles and Beach Boys were what passed for rock. Forty-six years later grandmas and grandpas are the ones who attend the shows of those '60s icons while young men in their teens are still discovering Led Zeppelin and their contemporaries.
In 1980, after John Bonham's tragic death the band broke up. They've played a few one-off gigs with Bonham's son Jason as their drummer since then but have not embarked on a world tour since their breakup. In the decades since, new generations of fans who weren't even alive when they broke up have put "seeing Led Zeppelin in concert" on their bucket list. Sadly, due to the selfishness of Robert Plant, those fans will never get to see Page & Plant anywhere except on YouTube.
Of course there have been rumors on several occasions over the past 20 years that they would get together one last time for a farewell tour, but it always falls through and it's always because of lead singer Robert Plant, who is the ultimate tease. Back in 2007, before their one-off show at London's O2 Arena, in an interview with Australia's version of "60 Minutes," Plant said "[Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones] are Capricorns. They don't say a word. They're quite contained in their own worlds and they leave it to me. I'm not the bad guy," Plant continued, "you need to see the Capricorns – I've got nothing to do in 2014."
According to Rolling Stone magazine Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were willing to do the tour afterward, but Plant was uninterested. Page and Jones even considered taking on a replacement lead singer (Stephen Tyler was rumored at one time) but ultimately decided against it.
So back to my one-man crusade. Mr. Robert Plant, I urge you to reconsider. When you have a talent like yours, it does not belong to you, it belongs to all of humanity (got that line from "Iron Man") and it is selfish of you to deny us all. Think of everyone who was born after 1980 and learned to play guitar like Jimmy Page and sing like you. How will they ever know what it's like to hear Led Zeppelin up close and personal? One more time, for the love of God. You owe it to your fans. Imagine if Jesus decided to just perform miracles for his own amusement what a crappy world this would be. Just sayin'.
If you agree with me that Robert Plant is being selfish, then like and share this post so we get his attention and hopefully change his mind. If millions of his fans get in his face maybe we'll get to see it up close and personal.