Thursday October 11, 2012

NEW YORK -- Led Zeppelin will not be reuniting anytime soon.

That message came through loud and clear with sarcasm, stoic silence and even the occasional barb at reporters who dared to ask. Just the mention of the topic set off lead singer Robert Plant at a recent news conference for the band's upcoming concert film, "Celebration Day."

But at the film's premiere later in the evening, guitarist Jimmy Page set the record straight, sort of, about a potential reunion.

"I think it's disappointing for people when the answer is no," Page said. But he later added: "That's what it is now."

"Celebration Day" covers their 2007 reunion concert at London's 02 Arena. Original members Plant, Page and John Paul Jones, as well as Jason Bonham, the son of the late John Bonham, played the one-time tribute concert to honor Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.

During a news conference earlier in the day, the band became uncomfortable with a question about "anticipating something bigger for the band."

As the questions mounted about anything to do with their future, the band responded with silence.

At one point, Page mentioned that the reunion concert was five years ago and that if there was a chance they were reuniting, people would have heard about it.

"Seems pretty unlikely, doesn't it?" Page said.