The three surviving members of Led Zeppelin and Jason Bonham, son of the late John Bonham, gathered last night (Tuesday, Rocktober 9th) in the basement theatre of NYC's Museum of Modern Art for a press conference following a screening of Celbration Day the new film about the band's 2007 reunion concert at London' 02 Arena in tribute to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.
Amidst plenty of jostling between the press and the band, there were several revelations: The band claimed the Rolling Stones were slated to play the show and that Eric Clapton had intended to reform Cream for the concert which was originally slated for the Albert Hall; they all thought their performance of For Your Life from Presence, a song they had never performed live and Physical Graffiti's Kashmirwere the set's highlight.
The band reportedly spent a good portion of the hour-long press conference ignoring or deflecting questions/pleas/prayers by Zep fanatics disguised as journalists repeatedly asking if a Led Zeppelin reunion was in the works.
Robert Plant's Best Quotes from the conference:
"I used to be better looking than this."
"He said to me, you're not very good Planty -- just go out there and look good. And he was right." - On John Bonham's words of wisdom.
"We used to call ourselves the band of nods because if you missed a cue, we'd just wait a bit and nod. It had nothing to do with opiates we were just nodding. Those nods have turned into middle-aged grins"
Will Led Zeppelin get back together? (see below)
Celebration Day will be released by Omniverse Vision on 1,500 screens in over 40 territories on Rocktober 17th.