The surviving members of Led Zeppelin are staying up late next week. Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones are set to visit the "Late Show with David Letterman" on Monday (Dec. 3) for a rare joint interview.
That's interview, not performance. But the visit instantly sets off speculation that the trio will miraculously announce some sort of future engagement.
The legendary band and Letterman will have plenty to talk about: both will have just been honored at the 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. That event won't be broadcast on CBS until the day after Christmas.
In October, Zeppelin released the concert film "Celebration Day," which documented the band's heralded reunion concert in 2007 at London's O2 Arena. A CD and DVD/Blu-ray set hit stores on Nov. 19.
At a press conference on Oct. 9 the trio spent much of the time deflecting or ignoring questions about another Zep reunion. An exasperated Plant even lashed out a few times at lug-headed journalists.
"Shmuck," he said to one reporter. In response to another question, he said, "To do actually anything at all together is such an incredible weight. Because sometimes we were fucking awful, and sometimes were stunning…"
The "Late Show" appearance will be fun to watch, especially if the never-shy Plant lays into Letterman when he's (inevitably) asked about future reunions.