In a new interview with The Irish Examiner (via Blabbermouth.net), the emblematic singer of Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant has confirmed rumors that Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones They wanted to continue with the band more than four decades ago, after the death of John Bonhameven if it was without the singer voicing the band.
Plant, as you may know, continued his solo career and toured with The Band Of Joy, Alison Krauss and, currently, with his project Saving Gracealong with the Portuguese singer Suzi Dian.
“We must continue to evolve. Probably for everyone and everything it was the right thing to do. For me it was the right thing to do,” says Plant about the dissolution of Led Zeppelin after the untimely death of its drummer.
“I think Jimmy and John Paul, for a while, wanted to move on but we all change. You have to go from the songwriting of youth. You go from ‘Bron-Yr-Aur’ and ‘Battle Of Evermore’, from writing that way, those visions of a life, of the constant struggle between people, to the maturity that you find along the way; I am doing the right thing.
As you may know, Led Zeppelin’s last performance, with Jason BonhamJohn’s son, on drums, took place at London’s O2 Arena in 2007. Page, Jones and John’s scion subsequently attempted to continue the project with other singers, including Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) or Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge)unsuccessfully.
Everything ended up going to hell when Jones agreed to join Them Crooked Vultures, a band in which they were also Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and Josh Homme (QOTSTA). For Page, as he later said, this was “a pretty definitive statement”.
Later, Page would end up completely ruling out a Led Zeppelin reunion: “People ask me almost every day about a possible reunion. The answer is ‘no’. It’s been more than a decade and a half since the O2. There is always the possibility that I will be exhumed, put on stage in a coffin and play a tape.”