Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page Recounts 2007 Reunion Comedown In New Post
Words by Riley Fitzgerald
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“On this day in 2007,” Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page writes in a new Instagram post, “it was the fallout from the O2.”
“I felt the adrenaline rising as the evening approached,” he recounts, adding to an earlier account of the reunion offered yesterday, “It was as though I was on autopilot, it felt like I was playing again that evening. The euphoric tidal wave was overwhelming. We had done the O2 and the response to it was so positive. The spirit of the band was shining.”
Page, quite clearly, was on top of the world.
Bandmate and former Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant was also pleased.
“It was magnificent,” he told Rolling Stone in 2017. “We hit a home run that night, which is something that we were really fearful of. There was probably more riding on that than we would care to believe. Our performance was crucial, but we could reproduce sound in a much more reliable way, so we could be kickass, and sound kickass. Some of those horrific gigs way back were lacking in quality.”
Despite this, Plant was reluctant to continue with any further Led Zeppelin plans.
Despite the willingness of Page and original Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, and no doubt many lucrative offers, Plant instead chose to focus on his work as a solo artist and with the Sensational Space Shifters.
“Thirty-eight years ago John Bonham passed away,” a slightly disgruntled Plant told Esquire in 2018, “that’s all I know. That’s it. That’s the story. You know, Led Zeppelin was an amazing, prolific fun factory for a period of time, but it was three amazing musicians and a singer living in the times. Those times. That’s not going to stop me doing what I’m doing now. So that’s a headline, or not a headline. It doesn’t matter to me.”
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On this day in 2007, it was the fallout from the O2. I felt the adrenaline rising as the evening approached. It was as though I was on autopilot, it felt like I was playing again that evening. The euphoric tidal wave was overwhelming. We had done the O2 and the response to it was so positive. The spirit of the band was shining.