Robert Plant is sick and tired of fielding questions about a potential Led Zeppelin reunion.
During a press conference to promote their newest concert film, Plant snapped on an Associated Press reporter who asked Led Zeppelin if the film’s release meant that fans could “anticipate something bigger” out of the band, like a potential reunion concert (not unlike the one depicted in the Celebration Day DVD they were promoting, notes MSN).
The band went silent, and an agitated Plant responded:
“I mean, we’ve been thinking about all sorts of things,” he said. “And then we can’t remember what we were thinking of. Schmuck.”
Rolling Stone noted that Plant seemed annoyed from the get-go, saying earlier on:
“There are some people in here who are not journalists,” he remarked, continuing, “There’s a masseuse in here who’s not a journalist. I think that’s ever so exciting,” he said to laughter.
A radio host attempted to diplomatically address the situation, saying, “I don’t know if it’s going to quench the thirst of those who wished to see you in the flesh.” Led Zeppelin fell silent again, and Plant simply responded, “Sorry!”
Later, Plant finally offered an explanation as to why Led Zeppelin was so annoyed by reunion questions:
“We were so happy we were getting it right and taking it beyond what we thought we were about that night,” he said of the O2 gig. “There were moments where we took off … But the responsibility of doing that four nights a week for the rest of time is a different thing. We’re pretty good at what we do but the tail should never wag the dog, really. If we’re capable of doing something, in our own time, that will be what will happen. So any inane questions from people who are from syndicated outlets, you should just really think about what it takes to answer a question like that in one second. We know what we’ve got, you know.”
Plant simply concluded that “expectations are a horrific thing.”
So, in summation, don’t ask Led Zeppelin about reunion shows or Robert Plant will come at you like a “Black Dog.” Fine, that’s a lame joke, but you get my point.