Led Zeppelin is back…sans Robert Plant. More than a year ago, after the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert, Led Zeppelin took the stage with Jason Bonham respectively taking his father’s place on drums. The rumors of a reunion persisted, but ultimately it was Robert Plant who laid them to rest, insisting that he was only concerned with his work with Alison Krauss.
Well, apparently the rest of Zeppelin liked playing together so much that they decided to cut out the lead singer. Plans obviously call for a replacement, but the question is who will replace the legendary Robert Plant?
Several names have been thrown around and the latest reunion news is from Peter Mensch, Jimmy Page’s equally-legendary music manager. Of course, Mensch would not confirm any names that have been spun by the media as replacements. That means dreams of watching Led Zeppelin live with Steven Tyler, Chris Cornell, or Myles Kennedy or unknowns (Judas Priest-style) are still far from being a reality.
Mensch also failed to say whether the new group would be touring under the name Led Zeppelin or a new creation (kind of like a ‘70s inspired Audioslave). While Audioslave was a success it came just a year after Rage Against the Machine broke up (Audioslave had the Rage instrumentation and the vocal talents of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell), would it be satisfactory to have only 75 percent of Zep back?
Could anybody imagine the Eagles touring without the feuding egos of Don Henley and Glenn Frey? Is part of the magic watching from the stands waiting to see if another boxing match breaks out?
I cannot say for sure if the animosity between the original three members of Led Zeppelin is quite as strong as the Eagles (ironic for a soft rock band), but I wonder if fans are willing to support a tour and a possible album without every spiteful living member back.
For this reason I can only see this project actually moving forward if the new frontman’s name is as compelling as the idea of “Zeppelin”. Personally, I think the most amazing Led Zeppelin reunion would feature Dave Grohl as the lead singer.
Grohl took the mic with the willing members of the group in the spring of 2008 during a Foo Fighters show at Wembley Stadium. Grohl called the day the greatest day of his life, so why make the greatest day his greatest tour?