Led Zeppelin Reunion Tour.
October 16, 2002 2:07 AM   Subscribe

Led Zeppelin Reunion Tour. Collectively 168 years old, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and best-Who-guitarist-ever Jimmy Page (Warning: Geocities link, but so worth it, dude) have buried the hatchet and agreed to tour. Their collective age is 168. They will be joined by Jason, son of John. No news on reunion plans for The Firm.
If you haven't heard of Led Zeppelin, you can learn more about them in this FPP from last week.
posted by Joey Michaels (33 comments total)
What's that collective age again? I missed it.
posted by adamgreenfield at 2:20 AM on October 16, 2002

And if you add up all the ages of Hanson (where are they now?) their collective age is still younger than Mick Jagger.
posted by PenDevil at 2:36 AM on October 16, 2002

168 is a lucky number combination in hong kong...
posted by bwg at 2:37 AM on October 16, 2002

Damn - I shouldn't try and write an FPP after 8:00 p.m. Sorry for the double snark about their age!
posted by Joey Michaels at 2:39 AM on October 16, 2002

If they book Hanson as the opening act, both groups will be the same number of collective years away from having used/needing diapers
posted by ElvisJesus at 3:07 AM on October 16, 2002

It only says that they have agreed to tour:
A band insider said last night: “If the right offer comes up they will do it.”

Trinifold added: “Jimmy is itching to do something, but there is nothing firm yet.”

Still, if this lineup ever tours the UK, I'll be there in a flash. I'm glad to see that Plant and Page have buried the hatchet with Jones.
posted by salmacis at 3:07 AM on October 16, 2002

Besides, without Jones they are collectively barely over 100.
posted by Joey Michaels at 3:09 AM on October 16, 2002

I'll see you your collective-168-years-old and raise you a Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
posted by rory at 3:18 AM on October 16, 2002

Old people are always funny!
posted by Slithy_Tove at 3:27 AM on October 16, 2002


Does Townsend actually cop to this now? Back in the day, he used to vehemently deny that Page played the lead break on "I Can't Explain". Personally, I dislike Page's lead guitar solos intensely, especially the violin bowing, but that break on "Explain" is one of my favorites.
posted by MrBaliHai at 4:52 AM on October 16, 2002

If you haven't heard of Led Zeppelin...?!?!?
Holy crap. Do I ever feel old.
posted by Fabulon7 at 5:44 AM on October 16, 2002

And do mine eyes deceive me, or is Sir Percy of Shropshire wearin' a curly blond wig in that Sun photo?!
posted by MrBaliHai at 6:02 AM on October 16, 2002

it's been a long time since i last saw a photo of robert plant.

i barely recognise him anymore.
posted by bwg at 6:28 AM on October 16, 2002

If you saw the Robert Plant "Storytellers" on VH1 you'd say you barely recognized his voice, either. Age takes its toll.
posted by werty at 6:42 AM on October 16, 2002

The band is denying the rumor.
posted by waxpancake at 7:09 AM on October 16, 2002

werty: I saw Robert Plant live a couple of years ago. The voice is fine.
posted by salmacis at 7:49 AM on October 16, 2002

That photo of Plant. He looks... very familiar.
posted by spotmeter at 8:08 AM on October 16, 2002

I saw Plant this summer. His voice is still fine.

He does have man boobs though.
posted by goddam at 8:12 AM on October 16, 2002

Ya know ... I really can't name too many significant bands among the new crop playing at the present time. I guess I'd be tempted to keep this in mind before chortling at Led Zepplin for their collective age. (What was that again? I forget ... )
posted by RavinDave at 8:45 AM on October 16, 2002

This is from the Sun, folks.
posted by trioperative at 9:03 AM on October 16, 2002

He does have man boobs though.

I'm surprised that the Sun didn't put a bare-chested photo of him on page 3 then.
posted by MrBaliHai at 9:14 AM on October 16, 2002

I saw Rush in the summer and I came away thinking that I would never see another band perform that well ever again. Their collective age has got to be up there. Im only 19 but I would pay 10 times as much to see an old band like Rush than to see most modern bands with few exceptions like radiohead.

Though I respect Led Zepp and they have done more for rock than Rush probably has, I don think they would have the same stage presence. They havent been making music together all of these years. And doesnt Page have arthritus in his hands?
posted by Recockulous at 9:27 AM on October 16, 2002

I saw plant about 10 years ago, and he was wearing something to hold his gut in.
His voice was fine, except he no longer sings upper register, at all.

I think the Who's recent tour made all that era's bands realize that of they plan to ca$h in for retirement, they should do it sooner rather than risk losing a band member to rock-roll_age related causes.

If the band's collective chronological age is 168, then their pharmocologically-weighted age must reach comfortably into the 4 digits.

Imagine the colective age of the audience they'll draw...
posted by BentPenguin at 9:50 AM on October 16, 2002

Competing views of the 60-year-old rocker phenomenon:

John Strausbaugh: "Rock simply should not be played by 55 year-old men with triple chins wearing bad wighats, pretending still to be excited about playing songs they wrote 30 or 35 years ago and have played some thousands of times since. Its prime audience should not be middle-aged, balding, jelly-bellied dads who've brought along their wives and kids. It should not be trapped behind glass in a museum display and gawked at like remnants of a lost civilisation. That is not rock'n'roll."

Brian Doherty: "Those who insist that rock 'n' roll must be about youth and rebellion and represent some sort of Dionysian explosion are being critical fascists. ... There is a realm between the purely crass and the empyrean romantic. It's called the world of work -- and of pleasure. It's where the work of these aging, best-days-behind-them rockers is best situated. It's also the world that most of us live in -- more or less happily -- and deserves respect for that reason as well."
posted by Daze at 10:56 AM on October 16, 2002

Ya know ... I really can't name too many significant bands among the new crop playing at the present time.

ugh. how unfortunate. there are many, many bands currently playing who are as talented, if not more so, as LZ.

but then, what with all the "classic" rock stations making sure they "get the led out" every goddamn hour on the hour it's not surprising that you, and so many other people, sadly, don't know who any of them are.
posted by dobbs at 12:00 PM on October 16, 2002

Waxpancake: The band is denying the rumor.

Damn. I searched all over the place for more info before posting the link and found a October 13 London Times story that corroborated the Sun. However, The Sun had a better picture of Plant...

All of my blatant ageism aside, I love Zeppelin and would be the first in line to buy tickets. I would just need to get the day off of work, try to get the grey out of my hair, see the chiropractor so I could bang my head without hurting my neck, get some ear plugs so I could enjoy the musicianship without the volume...
posted by Joey Michaels at 12:08 PM on October 16, 2002

If you haven't heard of Led Zeppelin

I read this, burst into tears, and booked a facelift/lipo appointment.

The one thing that makes me grateful the Beatles broke up when they did is the picture of Keith Richards on the cover of the 10-17-2002 issue of Rolling Stone.
posted by WolfDaddy at 12:39 PM on October 16, 2002

I know: Who Led Zeppelin is, Why they shouldn't be allowed to play with mudsharks, and why Jimmy Page should be shot for stooping to colaborate with P-Diddy.

I don't know: What's FPP stand for?
posted by KnitWit at 1:27 PM on October 16, 2002

I saw Page & Plant in concert a few years ago, and it was incredible. Plant's singing was as expressive as ever, and Page's solos were excellent - for the most part better than the album versions (although every once in a while it seemed like he had to bend over to find his guitar amidst his sprawling belly). About the only thing that I thought was sorely missing was Bonzo's drumming... Still I would love to see the three surviving members tour again, though I seriously doubt that those guys are hurting for money.
posted by epimorph at 3:31 PM on October 16, 2002

FPP is an abbreviation of an unkind thing John Paul Jones said about Plant and Page when they didn't ask him to tour with them.
In all seriousness, it means Front Page Post.

I haven't been able to find a reference to why Plant and Page decided to leave Jones out of the tour. Was it an obvious reason, like "we think Jones is a prat," or "we could make more money if we only have to divide it two ways?"
posted by Joey Michaels at 3:45 PM on October 16, 2002

Maybe they were just jealous or something. While Page and Plant were working on projects such as the Firm, the Honeydrippers, Coverdale/Page, Page/Plant, Black Crowes/Page, and various other sundries, John Paul Jones was producing the Butthole Surfers' Independent Worm Saloon, working on film soundtracks, and collaborating with radical punk diva Diamanda Galas.[more - more - more]

All in all it's collective crap when compared to Led Zeppelin.
posted by oh posey at 6:25 PM on October 16, 2002

I can't name too many current hits either at age 41 but that's pretty typical. Most people set their musical tastes in junior high or high school. Though the odd new song will be enjoyed, few people will develop new favorite bands after that age.

Which explains my fanaticism for Springsteen and LZ. U2 is the newest band on my Must Listen To list.
posted by billsaysthis at 8:57 PM on October 16, 2002

If you haven't heard of Led Zeppelin ...

What kind of heresy is this?
posted by dg at 11:35 PM on October 16, 2002

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