Despite Robert Plant’s repeated assertions that there’s no chance of Led Zeppelin reuniting, bookmakers have made the band favourites to headline Glastonbury 2019.
According to Betway, there’s an extremely strong chance Led Zeppelin will top the Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm next June and they’re listing the rock legends as 2/1 favourites.
Close behind Led Zep in second spot are Fleetwood Mac at 3/1. The British-American band are due to kick off an expansive 52-date North American tour in October so it wouldn’t be surprising if Glastonbury was part of their 2019 European tour plans.
Alan Alger from Betway comments: “Emily Eavis (Glastonbury organiser) has previously spoken about her dream of getting Led Zeppelin to headline Glastonbury, and this year the odds suggest there’s a good chance of that becoming a reality at 2/1.
“Fallow years are always hot for stirring headline rumours and over the last few months punters have begun to latch onto the likes of Fleetwood Mac at 3/1, as well as The Beach Boys and The Stone Roses at 4/1.”
Having previously headlined in 2013, The Rolling Stones are listed at 10/1 by Betway.
The Rolling Stones close The Pyramid Stage © REX/Shutterstock
During an interview with Louisville, Kentucky radio station 91.9 WFPK back in January, Robert Plant was asked if he could ever see himself joining musical forces with Jimmy Page again.
“"I have no idea," he responded to host Kyle Meredith. “It's not even within my countenance to imagine it, really."
When the DJ alluded to the fact that Led Zeppelin are still "near and dear to the hearts" of their millions of fans, Robert responded: “"Me too - nobody more than me. But I don't want to do it a disservice either."
The three surviving members of Led Zeppelin last performed together at the Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert at London’s The O2 Arena in December 2007.
Celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2018, already this year Led Zeppelin have released unheard versions of ‘Rock and Roll’ and ‘Friends’ on 7” vinyl for Record Store Day and in March they released a remastered edition of their 2003 live album ‘How The West Was Won’.
To mark what would have been John Bonham’s 70th birthday on 31st May, a vast bronze Bonzo sculpture was unveiled in his home town of Redditch.
Last week, it was announced that Led Zep are re-releasing a remastered version of their 1976 soundtrack album ‘The Song Remains the Same’ and in October the band’s first ever official illustrated book, the aptly titled Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin, will be published by Reel Art Press.
According to Betway, the headliner odds for Glastonbury 2019 are as follows:
Led Zeppelin: 2/1
Fleetwood Mac: 3/1
The Beach Boys: 4/1
The Stone Roses: 4/1
The Strokes: 4/1
Elton John: 5/1
Kendrick Lamar: 6/1
The Rolling Stones: 10/1
Kanye West: 12/1
Taylor Swift: 12/1