robert plant (now "sir" robert plant) was born 61 years ago today, august 20, 1948. the legendary vocalist was the flamboyant frontman of led zeppelin in the 60's and 70's. then, in the 90's, he reunited with jimmy page for a pair of "plant/page" of albums and small (relative to zeppelin) tours.
the remaining band members performed a one time concert (and included jason bonham, the son of their late drummer, john) in december 2008. that immediately led to speculation of a more substantial led zeppelin reunion effort (tour and new tunes), fueled by the comments of jason bonham last summer that he was in the studio working with jimmy page and john paul jones!
robert plant single-handedly brought any thoughts of the reunion tour to a crashing halt - at least for the foreseeable future. he had been in the middle of a wildly successful tour with allison kraus, as they promoted their soon-to-be grammy award winning album. whether plant has second thoughts and revisits the zeppelin reunion project remains to be seen.
the remaining band members even auditioned potential replacements for plant before abandoning (shelving) the project in hopes that plant would reconsider once his schedule commitments permitted. be that as it may,
happy birthday robert plant!