ZEPSTERS JAM WITH FIGHTERS IN LONDON!
Led Zeppelin fans worldwide can rejoice; Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones performed live on two songs ("Rock And Roll" and "Ramble On") last night (Saturday, June 7) at the second of two sold out Foo Fighters concerts at London's Wembley Arena. Foo leader Dave Grohl, who attended the December 10, 2007 Led Zeppelin reunion in London at the O2 Arena. The reunion sparked numerous rumors and offers concerning reunion tours and appearances, but with Robert Plant committed to his tour with Alison Krauss, odds of a full blown Zeppelin reunion were and remain minimal. But with the pairing of Page and Jones once again performing live in London, speculation should now run rampant. Both musicians have made positive comments to the press in recent months regarding more work together, while Plant remained more reserved.
Dave Grohl is arguably the happiest person on the planet at the moment, having championed Led Zeppelin in countless interviews over the years. When the December reunion was announced, he officially informed the band, and the world, of his desire to drum with the band should Jason Bonham for any reason decline their offer. According to early wire reports, he dropped several f bombs while expressing his delight at last night's surprise jam with his heroes, which will probably go down as the greatest night in his life.
While Page and Plant toured together extensively in 1995 and 1998, appearances featuring Page and Jones have been extremely limited since the breakup of Led Zeppelin in 1980 after the death of drummer John Bonham. Relations between Jones and his former bandmates became strained in 1994 when Page and Plant reunited without him. This makes last night's appearance all the more important, reaffirming that the two have resolved their differences, and want to get on playing music again.
It is presently unclear if singer Robert Plant was invited to appear at the Fighters gig; he performed with Alison Krauss and T Bone Burnett last night in Canandaigua, New York at the CMAC Arena. His comments on the subject of a possible Led Zeppelin reunion in any form have ranged from slightly positive to mildly dismissive. The smart money says that Plant will remain elusive while Page and Jones work together in any formative stages which might lie ahead.
With or without Robert Plant's involvement, last night's surprise appearance by the two will ignite the hopes of millions. With no public commitment or statements regarding any official activity, this Page/Jones reunion sends a clearly positive signal regarding possible future alignment.
And besides all that, it plainly rocked, dude.
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