As 2012 comes to a close, we’re revisiting the year’s biggest stories through the lens of some of our station’s biggest artists. They’re still one of the most popular bands ever: Led Zeppelin

Status: Defunct since 1980. 

New Albums Released: Celebration Day, a live album and film from their one-off 2007 reunion concert. 

“Ten Years Gone”… times three, plus two. And still insanely popular: There’s been very little Led Zeppelin activity in recent years; the aforementioned 2007 reunion show was the last time Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones had done worked together.  

After devising a clever Facebook campaign to count down to an unspecified event, the group announced that they’d finally release a live album of the one-night-only concert, which 20 million people reportedly applied for tickets for. To date, it’s been the last time that the surviving members of Zeppelin played together.  However, they appeared together at press conferences in London and New York to promote the album. After the Celebration Day announcement came word that they would receive the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors award. All three showed up at the event, watching Kid Rock, Foo Fighters, Heart and Lenny Kravitz pay tribute. The following night, they appeared again, alongside fellow honoree David Letterman on Late Show

That may be the last time the three appear in public.  Robert Plant has been clear that he doesn’t want to spend too much time re-living his Led Zeppelin past.  In 2012, he put out two live releases (each with a different band), he wrote one new album worth of material with his new group with Sensational Shape Shifters, and another with occasional collaborator Buddy Miller. But he told CBS Local that he may just “chill” in 2013. He will, however, appear on an album by his significant other, singer/songwriter Patty Griffin (who he didn’t elope with, despite rumors to the contrary). Meanwhile, Jimmy Page may reissue the Zeppelin catalog in 2013. 

Related Features: 
Jimmy Page Re-releases Lucifer Rising soundtrack
Light And Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page due in October
Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones Cagey On Future Led Zeppelin Plans 
Robert Plant, John Paul Jones Make (Separate) Surprise Appearances At Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

— Brian Ives, CBS Local 


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