Speaking with BBC 6 Music, Jimmy Page’s manager, Peter Mensch, discussed the possibility of Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham touring and possibly recording a new album with a singer other than Robert Plant. Mensch stated:
“People don’t really understand it. Jimmy Page has been playing guitar professionally since he was 16 years old. Jimmy Page likes being a musician. That’s what he does! He doesn’t want to be a race car driver or a solicitor.
“So they [Page, Jones, Bonham] did the show with Robert Plant; they had a really good time rehearsing, the three of them, before Robert showed up.
“And they decided that if they could find a singer that they thought would fit their bill – whatever their bill was at this stage in their career – that they’d make a record and go on tour.
“And I support that because, why not? That’s what Jimmy Page does. That’s his job, his hobby, his vocation.”
Mensch also revealed that Page, Jones, and Bonham have not yet found a replacement for Plant. Mensch said, “John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page enjoy playing with each other, Jason Bonham is a really good drummer so why not? We just need to find a singer.”
Steven Tyler, Chris Cornell, and Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge are three singers rumored to be interested in deputizing for Plant. Mensch would not conform anything about the identity of a singer, saying, “I can’t comment on any rumors right now. It’s gonna be a long and difficult process. And we’re not soliciting people! So don’t call me about it!”
Mensch’s company, Q Prime, had previously issued a statement that said the new band would not be working under the Led Zeppelin name.
I really hope they don’t pick the horrible Steven Tyler. That would be a nightmare. Chris Cornell would be a far better choice. I’m not familiar with the work of Myles Kennedy, so I can’t really say whether or not he’d be suitable.
At least there has been no mention of David Cover Version . . . uh, I mean David Coverdale. That would truly be awful.
For more on this story, see the articles from BBC 6 Music, XFM London, and NME.com.