Following Friday’s lineup taster for Glastonbury 2014, dairy farmer and festival founder Michael Eavis has told Ireland AM that he is “sure” rock and roll legends Led Zeppelin will reform to headline Glastonbury in the future, boldly proclaiming, “That will happen one day – I’m sure of it.”
The hard rock icons have long resisted offers to reform. The band’s last proper show together took place at London’s O2 Arena in December 2007, where they were joined by Jason Bonham, son of the band’s late drummer John Bonham, on drums, as documented in the film Celebration Day.
However, during an interview with Australia’s 60 Minutes in February of last year, frontman Robert Plant told reporter Tara Brown that a reunion depended on the willingness of his bandmates and not himself, saying, “You need to speak to [the others] because I’ve got nothing to do in 2014.”
Back in November 2012, guitarist Jimmy Page revealed that it was in fact Plant who prevented a full-scale Led Zeppelin reunion tour in 2007, telling Rolling Stone that the frontman’s commitments to other projects, such as Raising Sand with singer Alison Krauss, caused scheduling conflicts.
Now, the Glastonbury founder says he is convinced that Plant, Page, and bass player John Paul Jones will share a stage again and that he has always wanted them at Worthy Farm. Eavis was also confident that a reunion would happen in his lifetime, saying, “They will do it.”
Watch: Led Zeppelin – Kashmir Live at O2 Arena, London 2007