- - Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Led Zeppelin will not be reuniting anytime soon.

That message came through loud and clear Tuesday with sarcasm, stoic silence and even the occasional barb at reporters who dared to ask. Just the mention of the topic set off lead singer Robert Plant at a news conference for the band’s upcoming concert film, “Celebration Day.”

But at the film’s premiere later in the evening, guitarist Jimmy Page set the record straight, sort of, about a potential reunion.

“I think it’s disappointing for people when the answer is no,” Mr. Page said, according to The Associated Press. But he later added: “That’s what it is now.”

“Celebration Day” covers their 2007 reunion concert at London’s 02 Arena. Original members Mr. Plant, Mr. Page and John Paul Jones, as well as Jason Bonham, the son of John Bonham, played the one-time tribute concert to honor Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.

Since the death of Bonham in 1980, the band has played only a handful of gigs, with the 2007 tribute concert being the last time.

On the red carpet, Jason Bonham said he understands why the fans want something more from the band, but he feels there’s good reason to put it to rest.

“I think it’s probably frustrating to the public when they see how good it is, and they go, ‘Why won’t you do anymore?’ They don’t get it,” Mr. Bonham said. “But you know what, there’s a time, and for me it’s when John Bonham was in Led Zeppelin.”

Mr. Jones, the band’s bassist, said all the band’s energy went into that performance.

“We focused on the show and that was it. Fortunately it was on film,” Mr. Jones said.

Mr. Page was conscious of Led Zeppelin’s uninspired performance at the Atlantic Records’ 40th anniversary concert in 1988. So the band rehearsed for about six weeks before the London show.

“You have to understand, any other group would be a doing a warm-up gig, and then they would have like two or three concerts in a row. We could have done more than one, with the demand, but we only had one shot and we had to be super-duper confident on it, and it went well,” Mr. Page said.

During a news conference earlier in the day, the band became uncomfortable with a question about “anticipating something bigger for the band.”

As the questions mounted about anything to do with their future, the band responded with silence. At one point, Mr. Page mentioned that the reunion concert was five years ago, and that if there was a chance they were reuniting, people would have heard about it.

“Celebration Day” will be released worldwide Wednesday on 1,500 screens before its release on DVD on Nov. 19.

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