It looks like there’s a bit of a feud brewing between a couple of seventies-rock heavyweights.
“Do you know why the Eagles said they’d reunite when ‘hell freezes over’,” Plant told Rolling Stone earlier this month, “but they did it anyway and keep touring? It’s not because they were paid a fortune. It’s not about the money. It’s because they’re bored. I’m not bored.”
Anyone who’s seen Plant perform in the last few years–as he did in Vancouver with the Band of Joy in 2011–knows that he’s not the least bit bored. As for the Eagles, I’ve seen them a couple of times when they did seem to be going through the motions. I mean, if not for the efforts of non-original member Joe Walsh–the Eddie Shack of rock ‘n’ roll–some of those gigs would have been major snoozefests.
At any rate, in a recent interview with the New Zealand Herald, Don Henley took exception to Plant’s description of the band that will gladly play “Hotel California” to its grave.
“No, I am never bored,” he said. “The truth is, we enjoy doing it. It is hard work, especially for gentlemen of our age, but the fact is it’s a fantastic job and it’s a wonderful way to make a living and see the world and get to travel and we take our kids with us.”
“I really wish [Led Zeppelin] would get back together because they were one of the greatest bands of all time,” Henley continued. “I think maybe Robert is worried about hitting those notes. He may not be able to unbutton his shirt any more.”