‘I’m not going on tour with Led Zeppelin,’ says Robert Plant


Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has formally denied rumours that he is planning to tour with the legendary band next year. And he has warned fans not to purchase tickets online for any such event because they will be buying bogus tickets.


“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,” said Plant, who is currently touring the USA with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss on the last leg of their Raising Sand tour.


“I wish Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham nothing but success with any future projects,” he added.


Plant has been reluctant to consider other projects during his fruitful collaboration with Alison Krauss. In a statement today, he insisted he has no intention of going on the road with anyone for at least two years after finishing the Raising Sand tour on October 5, 2008.


Krauss and Plant have been on the road in North America and Europe since last April. Plant joined Krauss for a benefit concert in Oklahoma City on September 19 for victims of Hurricane Ike.


On September 9, Sh-Boom! Magazine reported Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page as saying that if there were to be a tour, it would have to wait until Plant had finished his Raising Sand tour with Krauss. “If you’re going to do a reunion,” said Page, “you need four members.”


Rumours of a Led Zeppelin reunion tour and album have been rife since December 2007, when the band reformed with Jason Bonham for a concert at London’s O2 Arena. The show was a one-off in honour of Atlantic Records’ late founder Ahmet Ertegun, who helped launch the group in 1968. As soon as the concert was announced, millions of fans around the world rushed to buy the 20,000 available tickets.


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