Bookmakers have lengthened the odds on Led Zeppelin headlining Glastonbury Festival next summer.
Last month, bookies Betway somewhat surprisingly made Led Zeppelin 2/1 favourites to top the Pyramid Stage line-up at Worthy Farm in 2019 with Fleetwood Mac a close second at 3/1.
This, along with fresh tabloid speculation about a Led Zeppelin reformation, prompted Robert Plant to quip at the O2 Silver Clef Awards in London on 6th July that a reunion could only happen “in a chip shop in Camden Town! I think that’s about as close as we will get to it!”
Betway have now released fresh Glastonbury odds and Led Zeppelin have slipped to 8/1 with rapper Kendrick Lamar now a firm favourite to headline.
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Betway's Alan Alger comments: “There was a whole lotta love for Led Zeppelin in the Glastonbury headliner betting a fortnight ago but the most significant recent support has been for Kendrick Lamar.
“Kanye West, Beyonce and Jay Z have all played the Pyramid Stage, so signing up a US hip hop act wouldn’t be too controversial with festival goers and Kendrick Lamar is now as short as 1/2 to headline next year.
“Led Zeppelin have drifted out to 8/1, while others to have been well-backed in the last 24 hours are Elton John, now just evens to bring his piano to the Pyramid Stage, Swedish House Mafia, 7/2, and Arctic Monkeys, who are 9/2.”
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.
Earlier this month, 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.