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LED ZEPPELIN: Plant's Wish Did Not Come True

 
Posted May 13th, 2014 @ 9:58am


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Even though he wasn't involved, Robert Plant was disappointed when Jimmy Page's sort-of reunion band didn't come together.

In 2008, just months after Led Zeppelin reunited in December 2007 for a benefit performance in London, Page attempted to put together a band with John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham, but not Plant, who did not want any part of a Zeppelin reunion. Page tried out a number of singers, including Steven Tyler, but the project never took off. Plant says, "They had a singer. I don't know what happened. It sounded like a great idea to me." Page says the project came to an end after Jones joined Dave Grohl and Josh Homme in Them Crooked Vultures.

So here we are six years later, and Page is promoting the re-release next month of the first three Led Zeppelin albums, John Paul Jones is working on an opera, Bonham is in a new band with Glenn Hughes called California Breed, and Plant just finished up a new album, which will be out on September 9th. He says, "It’s really a celebratory record, but it’s very crunchy and gritty, very West African and very Massive Attack-y. There’s a lot of bottom end, so it might sound all right at a Jamaican party, but I’m not sure it would sound all right on NPR." He has yet to give the album a title.

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