Ray Waddell of Billboard magazine reports: It would be big. Potentially one of the biggest ever.
I'm talking, of course, about the increased chatter regarding a LED ZEPPELIN reunion tour for 2008 featuring founding members Robert Plant on vocals, Jimmy Page on guitar and John Paul Jones on bass, with Jason Bonham, son of the late ZEP drummer John Bonham, manning the skins.
There has been no announcement that this tour is going to happen, and Plant has publicly denied it will take place. Billboard in general and myself in particular aren't usually in the rumor business. But this thing is starting to take on a certain air of reality. Maybe it's just wishful thinking.
For years, a LED ZEPPELIN tour, or the closest thing to it in the absence of John Bonham, has been considered the holy grail of the touring world.
Plant and Page toured arenas together in the mid-'90s. With a killer backing band, the pair reported $31.4 million from 63 shows that drew 1,028,678 people. That was enough to make Plant/Page the seventh-grossing tour of the year at a time when THE ROLLING STONES, THE GRATEFUL DEAD and THE EAGLES were all touring stadiums.
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