Led Zeppelin bassist, John Paul Jones, has ruled out a possible reunion in 2014, revealing that he is working on an opera instead.
Previously, Led Zeppelin’s singer, Robert Plant, hinted that he would like to get the band back together at some point over the next 18 months, stating, “I’ve got nothing to do in 2014.”
However, Jones’ schedule isn’t as open, and the revered bassist and musician has noted that he is currently so hard at work on another musical project that he will be unable to reform Led Zeppelin for the foreseeable future.
He told Red Carpet TV News, “2014 is full of opera for me at the moment.” Jones went on to state that his opera is “unlike anything else” before adding, “It’s the emotion, the passion, and I’m writing an opera myself so I have to say that.”
Jones’ opera is based on Spoksonaten (The Ghost Sonata), which was written in 1907 by August Strindberg, a Swedish composer. The rock icon is currently “halfway through the first act” of his project.
Previously, Plant had been the one to block a possible reunion for the band. In 2008, after the band had played a one-off comeback show at London’s 02 Arena, Plant’s commitments with Alison Krauss blocked any further dates.
At the time he released a statement proclaiming, “Contrary to a spate of recent reports, Robert Plant will not be touring or recording with Led Zeppelin. It’s both frustrating and ridiculous for this story to continue to rear its head when all the musicians that surround the story are keen to get on with their individual projects and move forward.”
He then concluded with the heartfelt comment, “I wish Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Jason Bonham nothing but success with any future projects.”
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