A quick sigh of relief: No Led Zep tour without Plant
At least that's the word, according to today's reports.
Rolling Stone is reporting that a Robert Plant-less Led Zeppelin reunion is now officially off, and Jimmy Page's manager Peter Mensch is quoted in Music Radar as saying, "Led Zeppelin are over! If you didn't see them in 2007, you missed them." Woo-hoo!
For one, Pop & Hiss wasn't looking forward to what certainly would have been a mega-priced reunion tour, one that most undoubtedly would have priced out anyone not in the upper-tax bracket. And second, a Led Zeppelin tour without Robert Plant is simply not Led Zeppelin.
So it appears that those reports that Led Zeppelin would tour with Alter Bridge's Myles Kennedy as the frontman are now officially off, as are any plans that the band would tour under a different name. "They tried out a few singers, but no one worked out," Music Radar quotes Mensch. "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."
Of course, take it all with a dose of skepticism. Yesterday Idolator picked up an earlier BBC item that reported Led Zep was "likely to tour," so Pop & Hiss fully expects rumors to persist throughout 2009. But at least for now, it appears Led Zeppelin's show at a London benefit in 2007 appears to be its last.
As for Plant, Led Zep fans will most likely see the man win album of the year at this year's Grammy Awards, set for Feb. 8 in Los Angeles. Plant and Alison Krauss are nominated for their 2007 work, "Raising Sand."
-- Todd Martens