Been a long time since
we rock and rolled… NOT.
By Fred Mills
So everyone exhale now. Despite hyperventilating media
reports – such as this one at Just Press Play, Idolator, Pitchfork and even, uh
BLURT – about a Led Zeppelin reunion minus vocalist Robert Plant, it is now
officially a dead issue. An issue that is pushing up daisies. Singing with the
choir invisible. An ex-Zeppelin.
Recall that Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, along with
Bonzo’s kid Jason Bonham, plus an as-yet-unspecified replacement singer (that,
until yesterday, oddsmakers and Creed fans were saying it would be Alter Bridge
frontman Myles Kennedy), had been floating the notion for months in the
aftermath of Plant stating emphatically that he would not tour with a reconstituted
Zep. But yesterday Plant manager Peter Mensch, who himself hadn’t exactly
downplayed the rumors, finally put the matter to rest, speaking to Music Radar (and later confirming with Rolling Stone), that plans for a
Plant-less tour and album are no longer.
“Led Zeppelin are over!” stated Mensch. “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
Well, all right then. We shall!
Meanwhile, though, folks who attended the Warren Haynes Christmas
Jam back in December got a Led Zep set courtesy of John Paul Jones and Gov’t
Mule – Haynes’ vocals, in particular, channeled Plant amazingly. It was almost
like seeing Zep back in ’74, in fact… yeah, it’s been less than a month since
we rock and rolled. We’d pay good money to see a Mule-Jones tour, no lie.