Jimmy Page has finally come out and blamed Robert Plant for being the bandmember thwarting any hopes of a Led Zeppelin reunion tour. Although during the band's joint press outings for their 2012 Celebration Day concert project, Page stuck to the company script of "been there, done that" -- now, on his own while promoting the June 3rd reissues of the first three Zeppelin albums -- he's telling it like it as.
During a lengthily interview with The New York Times, Page said, "I was told last year that Robert Plant said he is doing nothing in 2014, and what do the other two guys think? Well, he knows what the other guys think. Everyone would love to play more concerts for the band. He’s just playing games, and I’m fed up with it, to be honest with you. I don’t sing, so I can’t do much about it. It just looks so unlikely, doesn’t it?"
Page, who hasn't launched a full-scale major solo tour since 1988, was pressed about wanting to play live again: "Absolutely, absolutely. I definitely want to play live. Because, you know, I’ve still got a twinkle in my eye. I can still play. So, yeah, I’ll just get myself into musical shape, just concentrating on the guitar."
In October 2012, during the press conference to promote the band's live Celebration Day collection, Jimmy Page dispelled any rumors of imminent Led Zeppelin tour dates: "Well, look; at this time four years ago, we'd have been rehearsing to get to the O2. In December it'll be five years since the O2. So, that's a number of years that pass in between, so that seems unlikely, if there wasn't a whisper, or a hint that we would get together to do something or other. I'd say even two years ago, or whatever. Seems pretty unlikely, that's what I think." reported that Mark Andes, the founding bassist of Spirit, has initiated yet another plagiarism lawsuit against the band. Andes claims that Spirit’s 1968 instrumental, "Taurus," was used as the introduction to Zeppelin’s 1971 classic, "Stairway To Heaven."
Guitarist Randy California, who wrote "Taurus," died in 1997 and never sought out legal action for the two songs' similarities, was quoted by UCR as telling one reporter: "I’d say it was a ripoff. And the guys made millions of bucks on it and never said ‘Thank you,’ never said, ‘Can we pay you some money for it?’ It’s kind of a sore point with me. Maybe someday their conscience will make them do something about it."
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