Led Zeppelin: if you can’t do it, don’t do it

Posted November 27th, 2007 by eric

The quasi-reunited Led Zeppelin (no John Bonham, no Led Zeppelin) has been rehearsing its classics in a lower key to accommodate the fact that Robert Plant can’t squeeze his lemon tight enough to eke out the high notes anymore, which is exactly why a Led Zeppelin reunion should not be happening. I don’t know why fans are scrambling for tickets; this reunion is a guaranteed train wreck. Ain’t no way Jimmy Page is able to play like he did 35 years ago, and Plant’s voice was practically shot by Led Zeppelin’s official end in 1980. Time doesn’t exactly heal rock and roll’s wounds. And I hope I don’t even see footage from this show because it’ll be awfully hard to unsee. 

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 bobby // Nov 27, 2007 at 11:35 am

    Though I’m inclined to agree out of concern for the legacy of the greatest band in rock history, I think that the surviving members of Zep are such gifted musicians and have remained sharp enough over the years, so that it may be a pretty good show. I completely and utterly agree that without John Bonham it should never be called Led Zeppelin, simply because it isn’t. The other three clearly understand this based on their classy, graceful, wise, and nearly instantaneous decision to voluntarily bring down the curtain on the biggest entertainment attraction in the world, and the finest rock band that has ever existed, the mighty Led Zeppelin.

  • 2 brian // Nov 27, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    i saw dylan in 05. it was terrible. i wish i could erase the image of an old, wrinkled bob dylan using a keyboard + stand as a walker. the man didnt even pick up a guitar once. talking about judas. geez. to make matters worse, all the songs were played at faster tempos than their recordings. i know artists sometimes change things up a bit for a live show, but dylan isnt exactly known for singing clearly.

  • 3 Cathy // Nov 28, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    Oh, get over yourselves. Music ain’t football – musicians can actually improve over time. Robert sounds fantastic, much better than the caterwauling days, if not so instantly overwhelming – which was always something only a naive young man could do, anyway.

    Jones was and remains brilliant. Page is one of the best guitar players of all time; gosh, do you really think he’s forgotten how?

    Bonzo’s son is playing with them. Can’t think of a better tribute to John than these three wonderful musicians getting together with his son. 27 years is a devout enough moment of silence in my book.

    And, it’s Led Zeppelin if Jimmy Page says it is.

  • 4 Fred // Nov 30, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    To quote Pete Townshend: “I never liked the band”.