Robert Plant has put the hammer down on rumors he will join Led Zeppelin for a 2009 tour and recording sessions. In a statement on his Web site, Plant says he “has no intention whatsoever of touring with anyone for at least the next two years.”
Following Zeppelin’s one-off reunion last December in London, rumors of further activity have been constant. Most recently, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham were said to have been rehearsing together and mulling vocalists to replace Plant on tour if he opted not to participate.
“It’s both frustrating and ridiculous for this story to continue to rear its head when all the musicians that surround the story are keen to get on with their individual projects and move forward,” he said.
“I wish Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham nothing but success with any future projects,” he added.
Plant has reaped critical acclaim for his 2007 album with Alison Krauss, “Raising Sand,” and will wrap an extensive tour with her Oct. 5 in Saratoga, Calif. The artists performed over the weekend at the Austin City Limits festival in Austin, Texas.
There is one piece of Zeppelin news to report. On Nov. 4, Rhino will release a 10-disc boxed set featuring the band’s nine studio albums plus the rarities album “Coda” in mini-LP replica sleeves with artwork from the original U.K. vinyl releases.
The attention to detail is eye-popping: “Led Zeppelin III” has its gatefold sleeve with a rotatable laminated card disc, while six different versions of the cover for “In Through the Out Door” are featured. Even the complex “Physical Graffiti” inner/outer cover is faithfully reproduced.