There’s a new rumour doing the rounds online which claims that Led Zeppelin will reunite for the Desert Trip festival in 2017. This post originates from the website “Feel Numb,” which isn’t known as a reliable news source.
We dug into the key claims made in Feel Numb’s article to examine whether it could be true:
Led Zeppelin are reuniting to perform at the Desert Trip festival in 2017
Verdict: Likely false.
Feel Numb’s key claim that Led Zeppelin will shortly be announced as headliners for Desert Trip festival 2017 is likely to be false. A rumour surfaced in March that Jimmy Page had been in talks with Desert Trip for a 2018 performance, but further information suggested that the rumour was actually about a Led Zeppelin reunion, and it was likely unrelated to Desert Trip. It’s possible that Feel Numb’s article came from this original rumour.
We should also mention here that there may not even be a Desert Trip festival in 2017. The first Desert Trip festival took place last year, and it’s possible the festival will run every other year. This Reddit post suggests that there won’t be a festival this year.
Billboard did some original reporting into Feel Numb’s rumour and said there’s “no deal in place” for a Led Zeppelin reunion. It did, however, spot a quote from Gary Tovar, the founder of the company that created Desert Trip and Coachella. Tovar told The Guardian in April that “We’d like to bring up the Led, if you know what I mean.” Tovar is no longer part of the company, but it’s an interesting quote nonetheless.
Robert Plant has agreed to a reunion because of Led Zeppelin’s fiftieth anniversary
Verdict: It’s possible
It’s possible that Robert Plant has agreed to a one-off Led Zeppelin performance for Led Zeppelin’s fiftieth anniversary, but we’ve only heard a single rumour about this, and it was for possible Led Zeppelin activity in 2018, not this year.
Led Zeppelin’s fiftieth anniversary is in 2018, not 2017. So, yes, maybe Plant has agreed to a future performance or is in talks for it, but it’s probably not Desert Trip 2017.
The ‘Any time now…’ homepage of Plant’s website is related to the upcoming announcement
Verdict: Likely false
Feel Numb suggests that the “Any time now…” holding page of Robert Plant’s website is a sign that Led Zeppelin will shortly reunite. This is almost certainly untrue. As we detailed here in April, the website teaser is probably for Plant’s upcoming new album, which is almost finished and is expected to be released later this year. Billboard reported that its sources said the “Any time now…” post is indeed related to Plant’s solo album.
Setting aside Plant’s new album for a second, why would the first official sign of a Led Zeppelin reunion be on Plant’s website? Every band member’s website is owned by separate companies, so it doesn’t make sense that a Led Zeppelin reunion would be announced on a website that isn’t under Led Zeppelin’s control.
Feel Numb had the scoop on the Guns N’ Roses reunion lineup
Verdict: Partly true
Feel Numb wrote that “I’ve proved spot on several times before, including when I revealed the Guns N’ Roses reunion line-up weeks before anyone else did.” There’s no evidence provided here, so we took a look through the site to find Feel Numb’s exclusive.
The only post we could find that fits the bill is “CONFIRMED: Guns N’ Roses 2016 Reunion Line-Up” from March 14, 2016. That post claimed that the reunited Guns N’ Roses lineup would include Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortus, and Frank Ferrer.
The Guns N’ Roses performance on April 1 did indeed feature that lineup, but with the addition of Melissa Reese. Reese wasn’t mentioned in Feel Numb’s post, but everyone else mentioned was in the final lineup.
So does this prove that Feel Numb is a reliable news source? We’re going to say no. It lends credibility to what it posts, but it didn’t get the Guns N’ Roses news exactly right. Another rumour from January 2016 had the same rumoured lineup, but with two additional members. So Feel Numb wasn’t the only place that guessed at the lineup ahead of time.
So what’s really going on here?
We’ve established that Led Zeppelin likely aren’t going to reform this year to perform at Desert Trip 2017. In fact, there may not even be a Desert Trip 2017.
How about Desert Trip 2018? That makes more sense. There’s likely to actually be a Desert Trip festival that year and it will be the fiftieth anniversary of Led Zeppelin. But there’s no evidence to suggest that’s actually going to happen.
What we do know is that there is a rumour that Page is in talks for Led Zeppelin activity for the band’s fiftieth anniversary next year. Beyond that, everything else is speculation.