The latest chapter in the continuing saga of an on-again, off-again Led Zeppelin reunion tour may be on-again after all.
Recently published reports have original members Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones going ahead with plans for a tour, which also will feature Jason Bonham, son of original Zep member John “Bonzo” Bonham on drums, and a yet to be named new lead singer. Original vocalist Robert Plant has said he won’t tour with a reunited Zeppelin for at least a few more years. Plant is currently enjoying success both on record and on the road with his collaboration with Alison Krause.
These rumors have surfaced before of course, and have in fact been fairly constant since Zeppelin reunited for a one-off London concert tribute to the late Atlantic Records mogul Ahmet Ertegun in 2007.
But there may actually be something to them this around. John Paul Jones indicated in a recent interview with BBC Radio that Zeppelin are in fact auditioning singers. "We want to do it. It's sounding great and we want to get on and get out there," Jones is quoted as saying in an article published by Billboard.com.”
”But 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."
Our advice to Jones goes like this. The only way a band called Led Zeppelin is ever going to be “right,” is with a vocalist named Robert Plant. The fans won’t buy anything less. You simply can’t have a “Whole Lotta' Love” without a “Whole Lotta' Plant.”