Led Zeppelin are set to celebrate their 50th anniversary with an illustrated book charting their career created with input from the band’s three surviving members: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones.
The band announced the news on their website and in social media posts today. “Led Zeppelin is pleased to announce that Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones are collaborating with London-based Reel Art Press to publish the official illustrated book celebrating 50 years since the formation of the group,” they wrote, capped off with only a vague “Coming in 2018.” The band directed fans to the Reel Art Press website to look for updates as they happen.
Jimmy Page will also be honouring the band’s half-century mark by releasing previously unheard music from the Led Zeppelin vaults. “There’ll be Led Zeppelin product coming out, for sure, that people haven’t heard, because I’m working on that,” the guitarist-producer recently told Academy of Achievement in a lengthy interview. “Next year will be the 50th year, so there’s all manner of surprises coming out.”
Page remastered the entire Led Zeppelin studio discography – from 1969’s Led Zeppelin to 1982’s Coda – for a series of 2014-2015 reissues featuring rarities and unheard outtakes. He continued the following year with The Complete BBC Sessions, an expanded version of the 1997 live set.
Led Zeppelin last reunited On 10 December 2007, when the band performed for the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert at the O2 Arena in London, with Jason Bonham again taking his late father’s place on drums. According to Guinness World Records 2009, the show set a record for the “Highest Demand for Tickets for One Music Concert” as 20 million requests were submitted online. It would appear, however, that another reunion is unlikely. Jimmy Page, along with Robert Plant and John Paul Jones have all been busy with a variety of other projects in the ensuing years.
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