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Video Gallery: Led Zeppelin After the Break-Up

Watch video from every one of Led Zeppelin’s reunions

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When John Bonham died on September 25, 1980, Led Zeppelin immediately suspended all activity. Just two years earlier the Who had pledged to carry on after drummer Keith Moon died, but Led Zeppelin took a different approach. To them, Led Zeppelin was a four-man effort, and they weren't going to carry on with a new member. That doesn't mean the surviving members never played together again. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant have reunited a number of times over the years, and every once in a while they let bassist John Paul Jones join them. Here's a look back at various Led Zeppelin reunions over the past three decades. (Note: the band reformed for private rehearsals in Bath, England in 1986 and again at Jason Bonham's wedding in 1990, but there's no video from these private affairs, so they weren't included here.)

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – January 12th, 1995

A few weeks before Page and Plant kicked off their 1995 world tour, they headed to the Waldorf Astoria in New York for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In what was surely an awkward reunion, John Paul Jones was there too. Despite the tension, the three surviving members of the band played a three-song set that night, with Jason Bonham once again on drums. Neil Young sat it for "When the Levee Breaks" and Steven Tyler and Joe Perry joined them for "Bring It On Home." John Paul Jones had the best line of the night: "Thank you, my friends," he said during his induction speech. "For finally remembering my phone number."

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Page and Plant’s ‘Walking Into Clarksdale’ – 1998

Three years after Page and Plant's highly successful reunion tour, they went into the studio with Steve Albini to cut Walking Into Clarksdale, their first proper album as a duo. Their first single, "Most High," went to number one on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart, and actually got some radio play. But when they toured that year the setlist was almost entirely composed of Led Zeppelin classics. At the time it seemed like the group would keep on raking in huge money on the road, but Plant grew disillusioned with the scene and called the whole thing off when the tour ended.

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Montreux Jazz Festival – July 7th, 2001

In the summer of 2001 Page and Plant agreed to play one final time, once again at the urging of Ahmet Ertegun. They performed an eight-song set at the Montreux Jazz Festival. The day's theme was a tribute to Sun Records, and most of their songs were old classics like "Good Rockin' Tonight" and "Baby, Let's Play House," but they did play the 1976 Zeppelin deep cut "Candy Store Rock." 

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London’s 02 Arena – December 10th, 2007

Led Zeppelin shocked fans around the world in 2007 when they agreed to reunite for an Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert at London's 02 Arena. It initially seemed like they were only going to do a few songs, but the appearance quickly morphed into a two-hour concert. They spent months rehearsing, and the demand for tickets was simply insane. Once again, Jason Bonham was behind the drum kit. "It doesn't surprise me that we can get together like this now," Page told Rolling Stone in 2007. "That's how we always were. You have nothing one minute. The next, boom, you have that. The great tragedy for me would be if I didn't have that ability in me anymore. To be able to get to this place, to work with the others – it's a gift, and I respect and cherish it." Unlike past reunions, the show was an absolute triumph. Rumors spread that a big tour was coming, but sadly, it wasn't to be. Robert Plant had a huge hit with his project with Alison Krauss, and he simply didn't want to reawaken the Led Zeppelin beast. 

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Wembley Stadium – June 7th, 2008

After the 2007 reunion show it became quite clear to Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones that Robert Plant wasn't willing to continue with the band. Unwilling to stop everything, they began rehearsing secretly in England with other singers, including Steven Tyler and Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy. A tour was quietly being booked, but for some reason the whole thing got called off. Nobody seems quite sure who pulled the plug, but word is venues had already been held in North America. The closest thing anybody got to Led Zeppelin that year was at a Foo Fighters concert in Wembley Stadium, when Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones came out for an encore of "Rock and Roll" and "Ramble On." It was a disappointing end to an amazing final chapter, but it's probably for the best they didn't damage their legacy by touring with somebody else on vocals. 

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