Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and bandmate Robert Plant confirmed that the last Led Zeppelin reunion appearance together was indeed for former President Barack Obama in a new social media post.
“On this day in 2012, I received a Kennedy Centre Honours with @ledzeppelin. I had the honour of meeting President Obama and Mrs Obama, President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton in Washington DC.
Led Zeppelin were honoured by the then president Obama for our contribution to America culture and the arts, alongside David Letterman and Dustin Hoffman who also received the Kennedy Centre Honours award.
‘The Kennedy Center Honours recognises exceptional artists who have made enduring and indelible marks on our culture,’ stated Kennedy Center chairman David M. Rubenstein.
‘The Zeppelin legacy lives on’ – Barack Obama
‘When Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham burst onto the musical scene in the late 1960s, the world never saw it coming,’ Obama said in his tribute. The Black Crowes were less respectful, taking a shot at Robert Plant recently.
‘There was this singer with a mane like a lion and a voice like a banshee, a guitar prodigy who left people’s jaws on the floor, a versatile bassist who was equally at home on the keyboards, a drummer who played like his life depended on it,’ he continued.
He added: “It’s been said that a generation of young people survived teenage angst with a pair of headphones and a Zeppelin album… but even now, 32 years after John Bonham’s passing – and we all I think appreciate the fact – the Zeppelin legacy lives on.”
The president then thanked the band for behaving themselves at the White House given their history of ‘hotel rooms being trashed and mayhem all around.’
He finished his speech, saying: ‘We honour Led Zeppelin for making us all feel young, and for showing us that some guys who are not completely youthful can still rock!'”
Jimmy Page wrote about Led Zeppelin’s 2007 reunion for Ahmet Ertegun after his death, “On this day in 2007, it was the fallout from the O2. I felt the adrenaline rising as the evening approached. It was as though I was on autopilot, it felt like I was playing again that evening. The euphoric tidal wave was overwhelming. We had done the O2 and the response to it was so positive. The spirit of the band was shining.” Jimmy Page called out Robert Plant lip syncing in a new video.