First came rumors of the band trying out new singers because Robert Plant didn’t want to tour. Robert said categorically that he would not tour for at least 2 years.
Then the rumors were confirmed by Peter Mensch, Jimmy Page’s manager, who told the BBC that:
“So they [Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Jason Bonham] did the show 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.”
“It’s gonna be a long and difficult process,” he said about finding a singer.
And now, Mensch told Music Radar that “Led Zeppelin are over. If you didn’t see them in 2007 [when they played a one-off reunion at London’s O2 Arena], you missed them. It’s done. I can’t be any clearer than that.
“They tried out a few singers, but no one worked out. That was it. The whole thing is completely over now. There are absolutely no plans for them to continue. Zero. Frankly, I wish everybody would stop talking about it.”
Damn! Sounds like Jimmy’s manager is a little frustrated too. When asked what new projects Jimmy Page was going to be involved with in 2009, Mensch told MusicRadar, “Fuck if I know. I’m waiting to hear.”
For his part, it seems that Plant’s heart isn’t in Zep tunes anymore. When the BBC asked him recently about a reunited Zep, he said: “I am dug in with Alison Krauss.”
I kid you not. Robert Plant is picking Alison Krauss over Led Zeppelin.
So what’s the bigger crime: ‘Zep’ touring without Robert Plant or Jimmy, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham never touring together again with any singer?
That’s a tough one.
Jimmy’s chops seem to have gotten better over the last few years, and just in case you somehow don’t think JPJ is a whale of a musician, check this out:
Category: Jimmy Page/Zep