Will they or won’t they? Well, no, they won’t.
According to festival organizers, Led Zeppelin will not perform at the Bonnarooo Music & Arts Festival, despite widespread reports to the contrary.
Rumors had circulated for months that a recently reunited Led Zeppelin would headline this year’s Bonnaroo. The official lineup released to The Tennessean did not include the band, however, and festival organizers insisted they had no knowledge of a Led Zeppelin performance.
The official lineup release did include all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band Lez Zeppelin, placed prominently on the news release and marked, “LEZ ZEPPELIN CONFIRMED.”
At midnight Eastern Standard Time, NME.com, a prominent British music magazine, posted to its Web site that Led Zeppelin would headline at Bonnaroo. They also listed the rest of the lineup posted by The Tennessean and at www.bonnaroo.com. NME had previously posted teasers that they would have an exclusive headliner announcement at midnight EST.
The Associated Press subsequently also listed Led Zeppelin as a headliner, although it quickly corrected the report.
The reunited Led Zeppelin will headline the 2008 Bonnaroo Arts and Music Festival, concert organizers announced Wednesday.
Led Zeppelin, who reconvened for a single December concert in London, had for months been rumored to be heading to Bonnaroo, which will be held Jun 13–15 on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn.
Confirmation of Led Zeppelin’s Bonnaroo performance was sure to stoke further speculation on a possible reunion tour. Last week, guitarist Jimmy Page said he was eager to tour with singer Robert Plant and bassist-keyboardist John Paul Jones. (Jason Bonham, son of late drummer John Bonham, has joined on drums.)
Plant will also perform at Bonnaroo with bluegrass star Alison Krauss, with whom he made the hit duet album, “Raising Sand.” Led Zeppelin recently released “Mothership,” a two-disc compilation.
Metallica and Pearl Jam will headline the 2008 Bonnaroo Arts and Music Festival, concert organizers announced Wednesday.
The seventh annual festival will be held June 13–15 on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn. Notably absent from the announced slate was Led Zeppelin, who has for months been rumored to be heading to the festival.
The British band reunited in December for a single show and speculation has abounded that a world tour is possible. Last week, guitarist Jimmy Page said he wanted to tour with singer Robert Plant, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer Jason Bonham, who replaced his father, John, who died in 1980.
Instead, Plant will be heading to Bonnaroo with bluegrass star Alison Krauss, with whom he made the hit duet album, “Raising Sand.” The festival organizers, alluding to the Led Zeppelin reports, trumpeted a performance by the cover band Lez Zeppelin at the festival.