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History The initial plans for a reunion were made in 1993, with discussions between the two of collaborating emerging from casual small talk and then an invitation to perform on MTV Unplugged. Music producer Bill Curbishley, who had been managing Plant since the 1980s and who assumed management of Page in 1994, was integral in the reuniting of Page and Plant. Despite failed attempts by others to reunite the pair, Curbishley was able to persuade the previously reluctant Plant into working with Page again. In an interview he gave in 2004, Page recounted the background:
I was going to play in Japan with David, the only time we played live,
and I had a call from Robert's management to pop in and see Robert in
Plant's recollection of the reunion was as follows:
By that time I didn't feel like I was even a rock singer anymore ...
Then I was approached by MTV to do an Unplugged session. But I knew
that I couldn't be seen to be holding the flag for the Zeppelin legacy
on TV. Then mysteriously Jimmy turned up at a gig I was playing in
Led Zeppelin's main songwriters reformed on 17 April 1994 as a part of
It was heroic to take something like that around the world, because it was using two orchestras: one Western, one Arab orchestra, with a hurdy-gurdy. It was great going around the world to turn people on to sounds they hadn't heard. It wasn't an easy thing to do, but it was worth it.
Afterwards, the two artists entered the studio with engineer Steve Albini to record Walking into Clarksdale, an album composed of entirely new material with more traditional rock enterprises. The album was not as commercially successful as Unledded had been, and after a supporting tour the Page/Plant reunion slowly dissolved, with both members going on to perform with other side projects. As Page explained:
There could have been a follow-up [to Walking into Clarksdale]. I certainly had about a dozen numbers written for a third album. Robert heard them and said that some of them were really good, but he just wanted to go in another direction. That's fair enough.
In an interview he gave to
We had some good songs [on Walking into Clarksdale], but I wasn't sure about the production. I felt kind of marooned. We were still surrounded by the protective shield of who we were, and it meant we were playing big arenas around the world. And I realised once again there had to be another way... I knew I had to get back to playing clubs and remember what pulse was all about. To say goodbye to those large arenas that I played with Jimmy was a very purposeful move.
They reunited once more in July 2001 for the Montreux Jazz Festival. Members
Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications (sales thresholds)
US  AUS  AUT  FRA  NLD  NZL  NOR  SWE  SWI  UK 
1994 No Quarter
Released: 14 October 1994 Label: Atlantic/Fontana Format: CD
4 2 27 — 33 13 — 10 16 7
US: Platinum CAN 2× Platinum UK: Gold
1998 Walking into Clarksdale
Released: 21 April 1998 Label: Atlantic/Mercury Format: CD
8 16 33 5 56 11 13 17 31 3
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or was not released.
Contributions to compilations
1997 The Inner Flame: Rainer Ptacek Tribute (collaboration)
Good Rockin' Tonight - The Legacy Of
1994 "The Battle of Evermore" (promo)
1994 "Four Sticks" (promo)
1994 "Gallows Pole"
1994 "Kashmir" (promo)
1995 "Thank You" (promo)
1995 "Wonderful One"
1998 "Most High"
1998 "Shining in the Light"
1998 "Sons of Freedom" (promo)
Coverdale & Page
^ Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert
File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4.
^ a b Charles Shaar Murray, "The Guv'nors'", Mojo, August 2004, p. 75.
^ a b Nigel Williamson, "Good Times...Bad Times", Uncut, May 2005, p.
^ "I first met Jimmy on Tolworth Broadway, holding a bag of exotic
fish...", Uncut, January 2009, p. 48.
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