Led Zeppelin rules out reunion tour for now

Led Zeppelin, from left, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones, guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, and drummer Jason Bonham participate in a press conference on Oct. 9, 2012, in New York.
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Led Zeppelin will not be reuniting any time soon.

That message came through loud and clear Tuesday with sarcasm, stoic silence, and even the occasional barb at reporters that dared to ask. Just the mere mention of the topic set lead singer Robert Plant off at a news conference in New York for the bands upcoming concert film, "Celebration Day."

But at the film's premiere later in the evening, guitarist Jimmy Page set the record straight, sort of, about a potential reunion.

"I think it's disappointing for people when the answer is no," Page, 68, said. But he later added: "That's what it is now."

"Celebration Day" covers the band's 2007 reunion concert at London's 02 Arena. Original members Plant, Page, and John Paul Jones, as well as Jason Bonham, the son of the late John Bonham, played the one-time tribute concert to honor Atlantic records founder Ahmet Ertegun.

"Once the idea was proposed, 'Would we do the concert?' It had to be Jason," Page said.

Since the death of Bonham in 1980, the band has only played a handful of gigs, with the 2007 tribute concert being the last time. The group enlisted the younger Bonham, a successful drummer in his own right, to play with the band.

On the red carpet, Bonham said he understands why the fans want something more from the band, but feels there's good reason to put it to rest.

"I think it's probably frustrating to the public when they see how good it is, and they go, 'why won't you do anymore?' They don't get it," Bonham said. "But you know what, there's a time, and for me it's when John Bonham was in Led Zeppelin."

During a news conference earlier in the day, the band first became uncomfortable with a question about "anticipating something bigger for the band."

Page hinted that age has something to do with it. "Who wants to be on a two-year tour?" he said, adding, "That would tire you out just thinking of that."

"We've been thinking about all sorts of things, and then we can't remember what we were thinking about," singer Plant, 64, said testily.

He then referred to this reporter by the pejorative term "schmuck."

"Expectations are horrific things," Plant said later, reports The New York Times. "To actually do anything at all together is such a kind of incredible weight."

As the questions mounted about anything to do with Led Zeppelin's future, the band responded with silence.

At one point, Page mentioned that the reunion concert was five years ago and that if there was a chance they were reuniting, people would have heard.

"Seems pretty unlikely, doesn't it?" Page said.

"Celebration Day" will be released worldwide on Oct. 17 on 1,500 screens before its release on DVD Nov. 19. The film captures Led Zeppelin's two-hour performance staged in honor of Ahmet Ertegun, the late founder of Atlantic Records, who died in 2006.