According to Robert Plant, the renowned Led Zeppelin reunion concert at the O2 Arena in 2007 was “too heavy” for him, and he had to slip away and have a few quiet drinks by himself after the performance.
The band’s next big reunion was the subject of countless rumors and updates from the members themselves, but Plant has rejected all of them.
Robert Plant, the band’s frontman, has been outspoken about the group’s situation and expressed his disappointment with the reunion, even if the concert was a success.
Ahmet Ertegun, the man behind Atlantic Records, died that same year, and the event was held in his honor.
It was only natural for the band to give Ertegun a proper tribute since he created Atlantic Records and is a significant figure in the music industry.
Undoubtedly, the announcement that the greatest blues-rock band in history would be reuniting for a single gig after a number of decades caused millions of fans to pee their pants.
]Led Zeppelin had a debt of gratitude to Ertegün for their colossal success; he had faith in them, and they had faith in him. The anticipation for the reunion was palpable, and the level of interest in the series was genuinely unparalleled.
Around 20 million individuals tried to obtain one of the few available 20,000-count golden tickets at a time when demand for Led Zeppelin was insane.
Led Zeppelin had the chance to leave on top of the world thanks to the performance. Yet, everyone involved—aside from Robert Plant—wanted this to serve as the catalyst for a complete reunion.
If the band had taken the stage every night of a world tour, the glitter that permeated their London performance would definitely have faded, but his reluctance allowed them to end things on a high note.
In an interview with Mojo in 2012, he remembered how he was uncomfortable with the event. Back then he was in protection even in his backstage dressing room.
He said, “Twenty minutes after we finished, the Gallagher brothers were leaning on the door of my dressing room. One of them said: ‘You’re the real f***king thing, you are.’ I said: ‘I’ve known that all down the line but I think you need to go a little further round the corridor, next door on the left.’ And with that, I left quickly.”
He added, “I ended up in the Marathon pub in Camden, drank four bottles of Keo lager and half a bottle of vodka, then went to bed. Because I had to get away from it. I’d done it. I had to go. It was too heavy. Beautiful, but talk about examining your own mortality! Crazy.”
Not only that, but he also ruled out a potential reunion. While talking with Rolling Stone, he said, “I’ve gone so far somewhere else that I almost can’t relate to it. It’s a bit of a pain in the pisser to be honest. Who cares?
I know people care, but think about it from my angle – soon, I’m going to need help crossing the street.”
“You can’t ever really go back. It’s tough enough repeating yourself with something that’s a year old, never mind 49 years old. I’ve got to keep moving.”