Classic rock fans have been buzzing ever since Led Zeppelin’s 2007 reunion concert, about whether or not the iconic rock band would ever perform together again. Guitarist Jimmy Page also stirred the rumor pot recently when he said in an interview that “there’s all manner of surprises coming out” surrounding the band’s 50th anniversary in 2018.
The band gave their first official announcement surrounding next year’s anniversary on Thursday, revealing plans for a 2018 publishing of an “official illustrated book celebrating 50 years since the formation of the group.” The announcement from the three surviving members in Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones didn’t come with much detail, aside from revealing that the book will be a collaboration with Reel Art Press, a publishing brand that focuses on unpublished and "unusual work including subjects with mass appeal and limited editions with unlimited potential,” according to their website.
So with the members of arguably the most popular rock band of the 20th century and beyond now teaming up with a publisher who specializes in unpublished and unusual work, Zeppelin fans should be getting pretty excited for what is presumably the first of many surprises that the band will be rolling out in 2018. The publication will most likely be in the form of one of those larger coffee table books, with some really cool and never-before-seen photos of the band to be included. Whether or not this means another live concert will be included in the 50th-anniversary celebration remains to be an unlikely mystery, but after a year like 2017, anything is possible.
Jimmy Page has really been the main face and voice of the band since their return to the stage at London’s O2 Arena back on Dec. 10, 2007. The guitarist has spent much of his time since then working on, and releasing remastered and revamped versions of their entire catalog. The entire release process took place over two years, with the last album finally arriving back in 2015.
With Page now finished re-releasing their albums, it’s time for the band to start focusing on new ways to keep their legacy alive, and financially thriving. The announcement of the book is surely the first of many surprises to come from the land of the ice and snow, but when will they stop? Only Page, Plant and Jones really know!