Led Zeppelin reunite to announce massive book project
Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones made a rare reunion appearance to announce a massive 368-page book, entitled Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
In the (northern) summer of 1968 they had their first rehearsal in London – session maestros Page and Jones, with teenaged northern singer Plant and his drum-demolishing buddy John Bonham – and recall bursting into laughter out of relief when the proceedings went well.
The three were photographed holding an early draft of the book, due out in October.
Publisher Reel Art Press called the offering “the first and only official illustrated book to be produced in collaboration with the members of the band.”
It includes previously unpublished photos, artwork from the Led Zeppelin archives and contributions from photographers around the world.
The book release has stirred wistful speculation that the three might team up with a drummer to do some live shows.
Earlier this year, Plant teased “a celebration” to mark the band’s 50th anniversary, but emphasised it would not be a reissue.
“Musically, there’s bits and pieces lying around, but not an album or anything like that,” he said.
“But there will be a celebration, I’m sure, somewhere. A cork will pop!”
In March, the legendary band reissued their live 2003 collection When The West Was Won, culled from two Los Angeles shows in 1972, the Forum on June 25 and Long Beach Arena on June 27.
Page sequenced the set to replicate a single concert from beginning to end.