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Led Zeppelin New Tour...Without Robert Plant?

Published: Mon September 29, 2008  News Feed

The past few days have been rife with Led Zeppelin reunion rumours. According to The Sun newspaper, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham issued an ultimatum to Robert Plant, stating they'd tour with or without him. Following reports stating Plant would indeed rejoin Led Zep, a new statement from the singer says he's not...

Led Zep Reunion - will the song remain the same?

Recent news reports suggested that guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer Jason Bonham have been rehearsing Led Zeppelin material in West London’s Ritz Studio and using replacement singers, even after Page seemingly squashed hopes for a reunion at a recent Toronto press conference.

Plant recently told MusicRadar.com that the sheer bureaucracy of getting the band back together for the O2 concert last year alone put him off the possibility of a full-scale reunion: “The endless paperwork was like nothing I’ve experienced before. I’ve kept every one of the emails that were exchanged before the concert and I’m thinking of compiling them for a book, which I feel sure would be hailed as a sort of literary version of Spinal Tap.”

According to The Sun newspaper, in an article dated 26th September, the musicians have issued vocalist Robert Plant with an ultimatum to that a tour is going to happen with or without his involvement. Plant has been on the road with bluegrass star Alison Krauss since the classic rock band reunited for a one-off show at London’s O2 in December ¯ its first in nearly two decades.

According to some sources, Plant was ready to join the rest of the band in rehearsals for the tour.

An unnamed source told the newspaper: "He [Plant] realised he couldn't face the thought of not being involved. The band were over the moon when he told them the news."

But news that surfaced today (29th September) seem to contradict this, Led Zep fans will be sad to hear:

Robert Plant has denied rumours that Led Zeppelin are set to tour next year, releasing a statement stating that the he will not be touring or recording with the band.

In the statement the singer said that following his current tour with Alison Krauss he will not be touring with any band or project for at least two years.

However, the singer's statement read: "It's both frustrating and ridiculous for this story to continue to rear its head when all the musicians that surround the story are keen to get on with their individual projects and move forward. I wish Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham nothing but success with any future projects."

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