Astbury says Cult to open on Zep tour
Originally Posted by excel
Good lord please come.
By JOHN KRYK, SUN MEDIA
Is Led Zeppelin going to tour in 2008? Not only does Cult frontman Ian Astbury think so, he told a Cincinnati club crowd last Saturday that his band is the opening act.
According to several Internet music-news sites, including Rolling Stone magazine's website (rollingstone.com), at a small club gig in the Ohio city on the weekend, Astbury bragged that, "We'll be back next year. Because we're opening for a band you may have heard of ... the name starts with an 'L' and has a 'Z' in it."
When fans shouted out, "Led Zeppelin?" Astbury nodded in affirmation.
Subsequently, Zeppelin has neither confirmed nor denied a tour is in the works.
Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham (son of the late Zep drummer John Bonham) are playing a one-off show as Led Zeppelin on Dec. 10 at the 02 Arena in London, England, as part of a tribute to the late Atlantic Records exec Ahmet Ertegun.
In interviews with Sun Media last month, both Jones and Page were coy about plans beyond the London show, but Page since has indicated he'd be all for a tour. "It's a bit silly not to because there is such massive demand," Page told Guitar World magazine. "It's a bit selfish to do just one show. If that's it, we probably shouldn't have taken the genie out of the bottle."
Plant, however, dismissed the idea in an interview with Uncut magazine: "There'll be one show and that'll be it. We need one last great show because we've done some (reunion) shows and they've been crap."
Rolling Stone speculates that The Cult were probably told by Zep reps that if there is a tour, they'd be offered an opening-act slot.