I first heard rumors about this several weeks ago, but didn’t post anything because I figured it couldn’t possibly be true. Uh uh. No way. Not happening
Today, however, the news comes straight from the hardest multi-instrumentalist ever to rock a Day on the Green, master of the heavy-metal church organ, the co-hammer of the gods himself:
Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones confirms that the band is planning to tour and record…without Robert Plant.
With all due respect to Jones and guitarist Jimmy Page, any Led Zeppelin minus Robert Plant rocks about as hard as a deflated mylar balloon at a dentist’s office party. How can you hit the road without one of the greatest frontmen/singers in rock history (not to mention perhaps the greatest drummer, but that’s another story) – a founding member of the band – and still call yourself “Led Zeppelin”?
I mean, really….What???
Jones says that he and Page aren’t looking for a Plant soundalike: “It’s got to be right. There’s no point in just finding another Robert.”
Who were they considering? Tony Bennett? Natalie Merchant? John Ashcroft?
Jones closed by saying, and I quote: “We don’t want to be our own tribute band.”
Maybe rock’n’roll really is dead. Thoughts?