Despite widespread rumors to the contrary, "there's no deal in place" to get LED ZEPPELIN's surviving members — Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones — back together for an appearance at this year's Desert Trip festival in Indio, California, according to Billboard.
A cryptic post on Plant's web site — featuring a blackened page with only the white words: "Any time now..." — led to uncorroborated fan speculation that the legendary band may return for a festival performance later this year. In addition, several "industry sources" supposedly told the FeelNumb.com site that Plant — presumably the lone holdout over the past decade — has agreed to team up for the still-unannounced festival and front the band. It was widely reported that ZEP turned down a whopping $14 million to play last year's $160 million-grossing, three-day, two-weekend event, which featured THE ROLLING STONES, Paul McCartney, THE WHO, Bob Dylan, Roger Waters and Neil Young.
Also fanning the flames was Gary Tovar, the founder of AEG's Goldenvoice promotion unit, who told The Guardian in an interview last month that "we'd like to bring up the LED [ZEPPELIN], if you know what I mean," even though Tovar is no longer part of the company.
According to Billboard, the message on Plant's web site "is more likely a tease to a forthcoming album than to an upcoming performance."
LED ZEPPELIN's December 10, 2007 reunion at London's O2 Arena during the Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert was chronicled on the band's 2012 "Celebration Day" CD and DVD. The set, which featured Jason Bonham subbing for his late father John Bonham on drums, marked Plant, Page and Paul Jones's first full-scale concert together since John Bonham's 1980 death.