Get Ready for Led Zeppelin at Desert Trip 2017

Get Ready for Led Zeppelin at Desert Trip 2017 in California
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Get Ready for Led Zeppelin at Desert Trip 2017 in California
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So, will we finally see Led Zeppelin together again (sans John Bonham)?

Last year’s Desert Trip featured an impressive lineup. Held in Indio, California, the music festival featured performances from The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, and other top artists. Now, ahead of Desert Trip 2017, a cryptic message posted on social media has fans hoping for a long-awaited Led Zeppelin reunion.

Fans visiting singer Robert Plant’s page will find the following cryptic message:

“Any time now…”

Of course, the teaser could mean just about anything. Maybe Plant will release an album any time now. After all, the last time Plant released was an album was on September 8, 2014, with his tenth solo album, Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar. He’s also worked extensively with his band, The Sensational Space Shifters. However, one website claims to have inside information into the true meaning of Plant’s cryptic message.

According to Feel Numb’s Raul, Robert Plant has agreed to one final Led Zeppelin reunion, planned for Desert Trip 2017. The post reads,

“I have some well placed sources in the industry telling me that Robert Plant has agreed to reunite Led Zeppelin for Desert Trip 2017.  Rumor has it they turned down a reported $14 million dollar pay day to play at last years [sic] festival and that this year there are “millions & millions” of more reasons why they should do it.”

Guitarist and Led Zeppelin founder Jimmy Page has long wanted a reunion. Yet, he claims that Robert Plant has turned down the invitation each time.

“Robert would rather play Led Zeppelin with his own band, not with his old band members.”

So, why Robert’s sudden change of heart? Raul explains,

“Sources tell me he has finally agreed to do it because of the impending 50 year anniversary of Led Zeppelin.”

If Feel Numb’s sources prove to be true, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin would play in Desert Trip 2017. Living members include Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones. They could possibly reunite with late drummer John Bonham’s son, Jason, for one final concert.

The last time Plant, Page, Jones, and Bonham’s son, Jason, performed together was on December 10, 2007. They played at the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert, held in memory of music executive Ahmet Ertegun.

Page, Plant, Jones, and Bonham’s son, Jason, have yet to comment on the news.

26 Responses

  1. Kathryn

    You know you’re referencing and article in LA Weekly that was an April Fool’s joke right?

    • Vail, CO

      Ha, nice try. the LA weekly spoof only included crappy classic rock bands. Which Zeppelin assuredly is NOT.

      • Kathryn

        I’m referring to the end of the article where he talks about the confirmed artists for Desert Trip 2017. He even posts a link to the LA Weekly spoof poster. There are no confirmed artists for this year they haven’t even confirmed that there will be a Desert Trip 2017. Nice try in correcting me though. 😉

        • Vail, CO

          Trust me, I’m waiting for the Desert Trip 2017 lineup. There’s nothing yet announced that I can say. And Led Zeppelin was not in the LA Weekly list.

          • Amanda

            There is going to be a Desert Trip 2017. I booked the first two weekends at La Quinta Resort and those weekends are triple the price and the deposit is non-refundable. The weekend before and after are normally priced and refundable up to three days prior. Desert Trip is on.

  2. Jeffery

    No way…everything on the internet is true.

  3. Kathryn

    Ha! He removed it after my comment. That’s why you are confused Vail, CO. You’re welcome Daniel. 😉

  4. Jim

    i’ve been waiting 38 years for a reunion concert. There’s been rumors often on for decades. I’ll only believe it when I see it. And I will be in the pit if they do.

    • Reality Bites

      No sir, no you won’t. Let’s do some simple math: for the 2007 O2 show, there were 20 million ticket requests the morning they went on sale. For two weekends of Desert Trip, they will sell approximately 180,000 tickets – with probably a 4 ticket limit. So that’s about 45,000 requests. Let’s get a little liberal with the numbers and say maybe 50,000 people will be able to buy, and let’s say that worldwide (for all those filthy rich Russians, Persians, Chinese, etc. who will spend $100,000 to fly in from all over the planet) there will likely be at least 25 million ticket requests. 25 million divided by 50,000 = 1 in every 500 people who tries to buy tickets will actually get them. It is a lottery, no matter what. Most likely not only will YOU not get tickets, but neither will anyone you know. I say this because I actually live in southern California, and the idea that I won’t be able to get a ticket because of all these lunatics who live 3000 miles away or more gumming up the sale is super annoying. Of course, you could always try to buy one from the thousands of bots on Stubhub but I’m going to guess that a GA ticket on Stubhub will be going for maybe $10,000. So if you’re really determined to go to the show, go ahead, sell your car or take out a 2nd mortgage. What would be better is if anyone who doesn’t live anywhere near California would just stay home and watch it on YouTube like a sane person, that would be awesome. FYI, for anyone who isn’t familiar with Coachella – all of the hotels within 150 miles are already booked solid in anticipation. If you think you’re flying here from Sweden, you won’t even have anywhere to stay. Don’t waste your time, don’t take our tickets. Thank you.

      • Kathryn

        I live in the desert so I’ll have a second shot with the second sale of tickets for locals.

      • Chris

        Living in CA doesn’t give someone the right to buy tickets any more than someone from Timbuktu. Part of the ambience of Desert Trip 2016 was hanging out with people from around the world. If tickets were only available to Californians, they would need to call it Desert Snowflake.

        • Paul Resnikoff

          At Canadian Music Week recently, Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino admitted that the open market will always make its mark, and really sided with market forces instead of regulation when it comes to ticket prices. I agree with what he’s saying, and the secondary market only exists because there’s demand for tickets and a natural price to meet that strong demand.

          But perhaps creating that marketplace in the first place is this notion that certain groups deserve a low cost ticket, whether it’s a ‘real’ fan or a resident of Coachella Valley. Why? If the price is $10,000, and it’s all princes and millionaires (and billionaires) in the audience, I suppose everyone sneers at Led Zeppelin as a money-hungry, greedy group that doesn’t really care about the music.

          I think bands are self-conscious about this. But one way or another, the princes and billionaires still get to pay $10,000 a ticket. It’s just a matter of how the transaction occurs.

        • Rich

          Actually residents with Coachella Valley zip
          codes with valid ID are offered held back tickets close to show date for Coachella and last year for Desert Trip.

        • Kathryn

          It’s not California. It’s people who live in the Coachella Valley. They hold aside a certain amount of tickets that are available to Coachella Valley residents and you must have a valid ID to prove it.

        • anonymous

          desert snowflake? Conservatives again thinking that rock bands speak for them, when they clearly can’t even listen to or comprehend lyrics. The most entertaining part about last year was when Roger Waters played “Pigs” and the screens tore Trump apart and the flying pig flew around saying he is a fascist pig. All the Republican rock “fans” were leaving with these total butthurt looks on their faces like he just pissed all over their entire weekend. So tell me, WHO ARE THE SNOWFLAKES? I would totally welcome people from all over the country, but I would prefer to see liberal minded bands with liberal minded messages WITHOUT all these Republican meatheads there, you’re white trash.

      • Miranda

        Lol , “don’t take our tickets “???

      • dave

        well I live in Canada & entered the lottery for the & when the first draw was held I didn’t win. so as time passes they held another draw on the thurs.before the show on the mon.& when I got home & got a email that I was picked. problem was I didn’t have a passport.Crap!

      • Cragkeeper

        A long term “residency” at Madison Square Garden would be more up My Alley…… A True House Of The Holy. Or if Plant prefers: Unholy. Either way, it’s pay to play. For Us and the remaining members. Not easy living up to what they once were. But I’d go a couple hundred for a tickey and a pocket full of Garden Beer cash for atmosphere. Deserts are for Cacti and the odd creations that live among them. :0

      • Mike

        This happens at all gigs now. Software based 1000s of miles away snaps up tickets within seconds of release, only to be re-sold at a hefty premium to “real” music fans who actually want a seat. How many times to you read “sold out within 20 minutes” yet on the night there are whole rows of empty seats? Bands, management and promoters don’t care – they got their money, thank you.

  5. Cragkeeper

    Even if the Desert Trip would include LZ, the “show” would likely be reduced in the time on stage. Coming from an old die hard fan who saw almost every Zep tour from 69 to 76, the whole “Woodstock” vibe is not what Zep was about…. to me anyway. Their concerts were held in quite literal Houses Of The Holy most of the time – indoor large hockey arenas. No connection to the outdoor weather, no muss no fuss about sitting on mud, no port-a-potties , in short, no connection to Reality. More like being in a Mother Ship flying about for a couple hours.
    Arena tours or nothing for this old man. Which reminds me of an old traditional tune……. 😛

    • anonymous

      Desert Trip was far from being a Woodstock vibe. There was not a portapottie in sight – there were hundreds of airconditioned, fully functioning, pluming equipped trailers with sinks and mirrors and regular toilets, spotlessly clean. And there were no lines for the bathrooms, or lines for the beer stands longer than a few minutes. And no mud or weather issues anywhere. It was the most catered and smoothly run operation, to the point where it ran more competently than an indoor arena show.

  6. Negro Jones

    Unfortunately, I don’t believe we’ll ever see Zeppelin on stage again ( not with Plant ).
    R.I.P Chris Cornell

    • Holy shit!

      You lucky bastard!
      I was going to see them in 1980, but , unfortunately, Bonzo passed away.
      I would definitely like to smoke one ( or two, or ten )
      with you Eric and hear every detail in what you seen and heard that night!
      I can’t even begin to grasp what it would’ve been like.