Led Zeppelin to Tour With Alter Bridge Singer?
The ongoing saga of the on-again, off-again Led Zeppelin reunion tour continues with new information coming from Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, whose manager also works with Robert Plant.
[Original article by Gabriel J. Hernandez, for Gibson.com] - In an interview with Matt Wells of MuchMoreMusic, Snider revealed that Zep members Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham have picked Myles R. Kennedy of Alter Bridge to be the band’s lead singer should Robert Plant follow through on his apparent decision to forego the much-rumored Zeppelin reunion tour slated for 2009.
“They're saying [to Robert], ‘We're all rehearsed, we’re ready to go, here’s a gazillion dollars on the table,” Snider told MuchMoreMusic. “If you don't do it, we're going out with this kid. And he can sing the s*** out of Zeppelin.’ And they're gonna, like, hope that Robert, at the last minute, will go, ‘OK,’ and step in, before having the lead singer of Alter Bridge out with John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Jason Bonham."
If you don’t believe us, watch a clip of the interview here.
The Sun first reported several weeks ago that Plant had finally given in and agreed to tour in 2009 with Page, Jones and Bonham. One week later, however, Plant posted an “Official Statement” on his website that shot down all the persistent reports and rumors. In part, the message read, “Robert has no intention whatsoever of touring with anyone for at least the next two years. Contrary to a spate of recent reports, Robert Plant will not be touring or recording with Led Zeppelin. Anyone buying tickets online to any such event will be buying bogus tickets.”
His message continued, “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.”
Although there’s been no official announcement, Page, Jones and Bonham have reportedly been rehearsing in London and trying out several vocalists, including Kennedy, in preparation for hitting the road sometime in 2009. Watch a video clip of Kennedy with Alter Bridge here.
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