When I interviewed Robert Plant back in July, he was absolutely unequivocal: Led Zeppelin would not be getting back together anytime soon -- no way, no how. Plant was quite happy singing with Alison Krauss, he said; and he claimed to have no interest in revisiting the past again for any amount of money.
"You know, I work and work and work and work and work, and I have good intentions," Plant said with the slightest hint of testiness. "And sometimes, it's very simple, the way the media will manipulate an idea or a story. In the end, a lot of artists are moved into spaces they do not need to go by the force of others' opinions. Every dog has his day... But right now, this is what I'm doing, and it's spectacular and a joy. In my time and my career, joy is the greatest commodity that I have."
He was adamant enough that I believed him. But that resolve apparently lasted all of two months. According to a report out of England, Plant will reunite with his old Zeppelin mates for a U.S. tour next summer. No word yet on dates or cities; but it will no doubt be huger than huge.
ADDENDUM (9/29/08): Not so fast, says Mr. Plant.
SECOND ADDENDUM (10/27/08): Mr. Page responds.