Will they or won't they tour? That question has been on the mind of every Led Zeppelin fan since the iconic band played a single reunion set last year at London's O2 Arena. And throughout pretty much all of 2008, we've debunked countless rumors regarding a full Led Zep reunion run. It seems there's been at least one rumor popping up per month, intimating that the classic rockers would be staging their return — with frontman Robert Plant swooping in each and every time to crush everyone's hopes by shooting down those rumors.
At this point, Plant's made it more than obvious he doesn't want any part of a Led Zeppelin reunion trek. But apparently, that's not stopping the rest of the band from moving on with their plans.
This week, following Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider's recent unsubstantiated remarks [— that guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer Jason Bonham were practicing with Alter Bridge's Myles Kennedy and that they'd be hitting the road with him behind the microphone — comes more evidence that Led Zep could be coming to an arena near you in the not-so-distant future without Plant (in much the same way Queen toured in recent years with Bad Company's Paul Rodgers filling in for the late Freddie Mercury).
According to the BBC, Jones recently told BBC Radio Devon that a new singer was being sought to take over for Plant, possibly even for a new LZ LP. "We are trying out a couple of singers," he said. "We want to do it. It's sounding great, and we want to get on and get out there." But Jones said that he, Page and Bonham aren't interested in finding a Plant clone.
"It's got to be right," he said. "There's no point in just finding another Robert. You could get that out of a tribute band, but we don't want to be our own tribute band. There would be a record and a tour, but everyone has to be on board."
Of course, Jones didn't mention any names or confirm that the band's been jamming with Kennedy in recent months. Others rumored to have been considered for the job include Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, ex-Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, Van Halen's erstwhile frontman Sammy Hagar and White Stripes mastermind Jack White. A source close to Led Zeppelin has told MTV News that these rumors are just that and that "nothing has been confirmed at all. There's been no talk of a Zeppelin tour!"