On Sept. 24, former Led Zeppelin guitarist/producer Jimmy Page, as well as members of his family and Zeppelin's former entourage, were among those who attended the official Led Zeppelin 50th anniversary photo book party at London's National Gallery. The book is due out Oct. 9 and includes a free poster with orders placed before the release date. According to the fan site Led Zep News, which has photos from the book party, those in attendance included "Page's girlfriend Scarlett Sabet, Page’s children, former Led Zeppelin tour manager Richard Cole, photographer Jørgen Angel, journalist Phil Alexander and television presenter Johnny Vaughan."
Former Led Zeppelin members Robert Plant (lead vocals) and John Paul Jones (bass) were not there. Plant is on tour in the U.S., while Jones usually attends official Led Zeppelin events when Plant and Page are also there. The Led Zeppelin book, published by Reel Art Press, is the first official nook from the surviving members of the band. The 400-page hardcover book has many previously unpublished or rare photos spanning Led Zeppelin's career.
Meanwhile, Led Zep News reports that a trademark application has been filed in the U.S. for a streaming site called Led Zeppelin Experience to offer “non-downloadable pre-recorded music online via a global computer network.” The trademark application suggests that the audio streaming will involve live music, which could mean that more live music from Led Zeppelin's vaults could be on the way. It's hard to imagine that Led Zeppelin's 50th anniversary will be celebrated with just a photo book and some new merchandise. In March, the Led Zeppelin live album How the West Was Won (originally released in 2003) got a deluxe reissue that included the tracks being released on vinyl for the first time. However, all signs point to more archived Led Zeppelin music that could get a surprise release before the end of 2018.
Led Zeppelin formed in 1968 and disbanded in 1980 after the death of drummer John Bonham. Surviving members Plant, Page and Jones have reunited as Led Zeppelin for live performances on rare occasions, most notably at Live Aid in Philadelphia in 1985; Atlantic Records' 40th Anniversary Concert in New York City in 1988; and the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert in London in 2007. Ertegun was the co-founder of Atlantic Records, which was Led Zeppelin's record-label home (and distributor of Led Zeppelin's Swan Song label) when the band was together. John Bonham's son Jason Bonham filled in on drums for the latter two Led Zeppelin reunion performances.
In a February 2018 interview, Bonham told St. Louis-area radio station KSHE 95 that he was asked by the Led Zeppelin camp to stop using the name Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience for his band, which had been going by that name since 2010. That request is apparently related to the trademark application for the name Led Zeppelin Experience. Bonham is now using the name Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening for his band.
Page has made no secret of the fact that he's the band member who most wants Led Zeppelin to reunite for new songs or a tour, while Plant has insisted that he's not interested in any more Led Zeppelin reunions. The closest that fans have gotten to a post-John Bonham tour featuring original Led Zeppelin members was when Plant and Page toured together (under the appropriately named Plant & Page moniker) in 1995 and 1998, and they performed numerous Led Zeppelin songs on the tour.
As Led Zeppelin's archivist and producer, Page has been the driving force behind Led Zeppelin reissues and keeping the band's legacy alive. The Led Zeppelin 50th anniversary photo book reportedly has contributions from Page, Plant and Jones, but don't expect a salacious tell-all, along with the lines of the Stephen Davis' infamous Led Zeppelin biography Hammer of the Gods or Cole's memoir Stairway to Heaven. The stories told in any official Led Zeppelin book might reveal some interesting anecdotes, but nothing too scandalous. Page has always liked to keep an air of mystery about himself and Led Zeppelin, and that's not going to change anytime soon.