Led Zeppelin Plans To Fly Without Plant
October 28, 2008 at 2:51 PM (PT)
A slew of media sources report that guitarist JIMMY PAGE, bassist JOHN PAUL JONES, drummer JASON BONHAM are making plans for a LED ZEPPELIN reunion album and tour -- without original singer and front man ROBERT PLANT.
JONES told BBC RADIO that the three were auditioning different singers to replace PLANT, who has refused to join in a full reunion after the band's one-off gig at the O2 ARENA in LONDON last DECEMBER.
"We are trying out a couple of singers," the 62-year-old JONES said. "We want to do it. It's sounding great and we want to get on and get out there ... 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."
For his part, PLANT has been touring with ALISON KRAUSS on the heels of their collaboration. "ROBERT PLANT will not be touring or recording with LED ZEPPELIN," a released statement declared. "Anyone buying tickets online to any such (an) event will be buying bogus tickets ... It's both frustrating and ridiculous for this story to continue to rear its head when all the musicians that surround the story are keen to get on with their individual projects and move forward.
"I wish JIMMY PAGE, JOHN PAUL JONES and JASON BONHAM nothing but success with any future projects," he added.