Its official!!!!!!! Led Zeppelin are to tour without their curly haired frontman.
The band are currently auditioning frontmen to replace Robert Plant before getting into the studio to record a new album and plan a world tour.
Bassist John Paul Jones told BBC Radio Devon the band were auditioning singers ahead of a world tour, as well as what would mark their tenth studio album.
He said: "We are trying out a couple of singers. We want to do it. It's sounding great and we want to get on and get out there."
Speculation has long been rife over who would front the reformed superstars, including White Stripe Jack White and Alterbridge singer Myles Kennedy.
Speaking at a guitar show in Exeter, Jones admitted neither he, guitarist Jimmy Page and drummer Jason Bonham want a replica of Plant.
"It's got to be right. There's no point in just finding another Robert. You could get that out of a tribute band, but we don't want to be our own tribute band. There would be a record and a tour, but everyone has to be on board."
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"It's got to be right. There's no point in just finding another Robert. You could get that out of a tribute band, but we don't want to be our own tribute band. There would be a record and a tour, but everyone has to be on board."[/quote:b09661db70]
Sorry mate, Led Zeppelin already are their own tribute band.
More power to them, I say. At the O2, they had to significantly alter the keys of most of their songs just so that Plant could wrap his Ulsterbus Over-60 Card, Alison Krauss praising vocal chords around them.
What you'll hear at these gigs will be much more sonically impressive IMO.
[quote:783eb9cbf7]Jimmy Page's manager today confirmed that Led Zeppelin are planning to tour and record a new album with a replacement singer for Robert Plant.
Plant confirmed in December that he wasn't interested in a full Led Zeppelin reunion, despite still remaining on good terms with his former bandmates.
In October, Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones hinted that the band were willing to continue with or without Plant.
Speaking about Led Zeppelin's future plans, Page's manager Peter Mensch confirmed that the band would indeed carry on - if they can find the right singer.
"Jimmy Page has been playing guitar professionally since he was 16 years old. Jimmy Page likes being a musician. That's what he does! He doesn't want to be a race car driver or a solicitor," Mensch told 6Music.
"So they [Page, Jones and drummer Jason Bonham] did the show [at London's O2 Arena in 2007] with Robert Plant; they had a really good time rehearsing, the three of them, before Robert showed up.
"And they decided that if they could find a singer that they thought would fit their bill – whatever their bill was at this stage in their career – that they'd make a record and go on tour.
Mensch said that he supported the trio's decision to carry on playing together, although he refused to comment on who Plant's replacement might be.
"John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page enjoy playing with each other, Jason Bonham is a really good drummer so why not? We just need to find a singer," he said.
While rumours of who Plant's replacement will be have included Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Mensch remained tight-lipped on the issue.
"It's gonna be a long and difficult process," he said. "And we're not soliciting people! So don't call me about it!"[/quote:783eb9cbf7]
I am the biggest Led Zeppelin fan this world has had.
But sadly I am disgusted at this move. Its went down the Queen with Paul Rodgers route which was also so clearly wrong.
Sadly the greatest band (to me personally so no retorts) has jumped on the 70s nostalgia bandwagon and sadly it should have been left alone.
I will suggest to them that the living legend Mr Terry Reid (you should hear the mans voice its seriously good -
see here and listen folks:
he should be invited to front the band, for essentially it was reid who put led zeppelin together by recommending to jimmy page - after he broke up the yeardbirds - both plant and bonham who were in Band of joy at the time.
Reid only passed up on it as he was held to a 2 year support act at the time in 1968 with the rolling stones.
He has the best voice i have ever heard personally.
Although id rather Page didnt reform Zep - terry would be the man to front it. Id pay to see that.
In that I would be keen for the remaining tribe and someone else (ie terry) of the band to reform under a new name but certainly NOT the Led Zeppelin namesake. Without Plant its not Led Zeppelin is it?
Id like to hear the new material under a different name but with Reid. Not that cunt Jack White who cant sing a note. Incidentally The Raconteurs covered a Terry Reids Rich Kid Blues which was a fair effort but not like the original. It never is, is it?
I also feel its going down the Queen route. If there is a reunion Myles Kennedy is the man for the job imo, Chris Cornell would be good to see but i dont think his voice would fit just as well as Myles'.