Report: LED ZEPPELIN Was 'Real Close' To Replacing ROBERT PLANT

July 13, 2010

According to The Pulse of Radio, drummer Jason Bonham, who stood in for his late father John when LED ZEPPELIN played a one-off reunion concert for charity in December 2007, has revealed the band came "real close" to continuing from there without singer Robert Plant. Bonham told Music Radar that he, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones worked on new material for a year before deciding to abandon the project, explaining, "After a while, it was just time to move on. We did a year of writing and putting stuff together. I loved working with Jimmy and John Paul."

Although a singer was never named, ALTER BRIDGE vocalist Myles Kennedy was invited to jam with the trio in 2008. Kennedy told The Pulse of Radio what it was like to get into a room with the members of LED ZEP. "It was so surreal, it was just unbelievable," he said. "I spent the day there in a studio with those guys. playing songs, and next thing you know, I believe in September that year we got together again and spent what I like to consider probably the greatest week of my life playing with those guys. And any time I'm having a bad day, I think about those days and suddenly everything feels a lot better 'cause I got to experience that."

Oddly, Bonham hinted that another vocalist besides Kennedy was considered for the job, saying, "Somebody else was involved — and that's all I'll say."

Rumors at the time indicated that Chris Cornell and even AEROSMITH's Steven Tyler were invited to jam.

After the ZEPPELIN project fell apart, John Paul Jones went on to play in THEM CROOKED VULTURES with Dave Grohl.

Bonham is playing in BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, while Kennedy is touring with Slash and will be out with ALTER BRIDGE this fall in support of their next record.

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