A reunion of ex-LED ZEPPELIN singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, and bassist John Paul Jones is a strong possibility for 2003, sources in the band's management have told Launch.
Page is currently working on a DVD set of unreleased live performance footage and other video material, due next year. Plant, on the other hand, is on tour to support his new solo album, Dreamland, which came out on July 16th. Jones also recently put out a solo album titled The Thunderthief.
If Plant, Page and Jones were to reunite for a tour, it would mark the first time since 1980 — the year drummer John Bohnam died — that the trio would perform a string of shows together.
Page, Plant, and Jones reunited for the 1985 Live Aid shows and the 1988 Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary concert, but Jones was left out of the PAGE-PLANT projects from 1994 to 1998, though he did join them for the group's induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1995.
In other news, the U.S. Copyright Office has rejected a request by members of LED ZEPPELIN to renew the copyright for its 1973 Atlantic album Houses of the Holy, listing the band as owners, Billboard Bulletin reports. Instead, the Office gave the renewal to Atlantic, which has held the copyright since the recording's release and has shipped 11 million copies, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.
Under current law, authors of works from that era can apply for a renewal of copyright after 30 years, for a total term of 95 years.
The Copyright Office says it returned the copyright to Atlantic because the recording's registration lists it as a work made for hire. The album predates the current Copyright Act of 1976, and therefore falls under the rules of the Copyright Act of 1909. The earlier law did not delineate categories of works made for hire the Copyright Office's decision was therefore based solely on the registration description provided by Atlantic. Categories of works made for hire were outlined in the updated 1976 Copyright Act.