Rumor: Led Zeppelin Reuniting for Desert Trip 2017

  • Axl Rosenberg

The surviving members of Led Zeppelin, arguably the most proto-metal proto-metal band of all time, may soon be performing together for the first time in a decade.

Metal Insider reports that lead singer Robert Plant’s website is currently completely empty save for this message:


Now, while this message could theoretically be referring to almost anything — Plant releasing a new solo album, Plant’s order from Domino’s arriving, Plant’s Viagra finally kicking in — it just so happens to align with some recent rumors that a Led Zep reunion is, indeed, on the horizon. The website Feel Numb claims to have “well placed sources in the industry” who say the band will play the 2017 edition of Desert Trip (a.k.a. “Oldchella”), a performance Plant has allegedly agreed to “because of the impending 50 year anniversary of Led Zeppelin.” The site also claims that the band “turned down a reported $14 million dollar pay day to play at last years festival and that this year there are ‘millions & millions’ of more reasons why they should do it [this year].’

Presumably, those “millions and millions of more reasons” include millions and millions of more dollars, but also the fact that the band’s three living members are all getting closer and closer to the stairway to heaven. Plant is the youngest of the trio, and he’s 68! And let’s be real, rock stars are not known for having taken great care of themselves. There’s a very real chance that if these guys wait much longer to try and pull this off again, they won’t all be, um, available.

We’ll let you know when/if the rumor is confirmed. In the meantime, here’s footage from the group’s last reunion, in 2007:


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