They might be rolling out their new concert film with all the pomp and circumstance of a full-fledged studio album, but that doesn’t mean the surviving members of Led Zeppelin are making any plans for future projects.
Guitarist Jimmy Page put the kibosh on reunion rumors in a new interview with Rolling Stone, saying that part of the impetus behind releasing ‘Celebration Day,’ the concert film commemorating the band’s one-off reunion in 2007, was a desire to bring fans closer to their performance. “With Led Zeppelin, it has always been that mystique of how the music is done — how it works, why it works,” he mused. “The closer you can get in on that and the more lingering it is, the better.”
Page says ‘Celebration Day,’ which arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on Nov. 19, was a way for the surviving band members — including vocalist Robert Plant and bassist/multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones — to take advantage of advances in concert filming technology since their breakup following the death of drummer John Bonham. (Bonham’s son Jason joined the band for the concert, which was held as a tribute to Ahmet Ertegun, the Atlantic Records chief who was instrumental in their early career.)
“It was a serious test, and we passed it, all of us. And we had an extraordinary communion on the stage. That’s alive and well when you see it,” Page told RS, but he, Plant and Jones seem willing to let ‘Celebration Day’ remain the final word on the band. “I think if there had been any more concerts to be done, we’d already be talking about them. So I don’t see it,” he shrugged, calling the film “a testament to what we did in 2007. There it is."