When Jimmy Page Tried To Found A New Band Without Robert Plant
One of the most legendary and famous rock bands of all time, Led Zeppelin inspired both their contemporaries and new generation bands. The band members gained immense fame and commercial success with the help of their iconic records and unmatchable live performances. Led Zeppelin has had a huge and dedicated fan base waiting patiently to see them on stage again.
The Led Zeppelin members got devastated after their drummer and friend John Bonham died because of asphyxiation on September 25, 1980, at the age of 32. Initially, it was rumored that the band had started looking for a new drummer to continue their records and performances. However, the remaining Led Zeppelin members didn’t want to continue without Bonham, and they decided to disband following his death.
The Reason Why Robert Plant Refused To Reunite With Led Zeppelin Members
After Led Zeppelin announced their breakup, their fans couldn’t accept the fact that they could no longer watch Page, Plant, and Jones live or listen to a new album from them. Therefore, Led Zeppelin fans kept waiting for their reunion and never lost their hope about it despite Robert Plant’s determination. The Led Zeppelin frontman clearly stated that he wanted to continue his professional music career without the band.
Even though the other band members, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham’s son Jason Bonham wanted to reunite and play together, Plant turned down the countless offers for various reasons. In his previous interviews, when asked about the real reason Plant was rejecting these offers, he responded that he felt too old for it and didn’t want to do it anymore.
Jimmy Page Wanted To Continue Without Robert Plant
Led Zeppelin only reunited for some special events, and one of them was their Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert which took place on December 10, 2007, at the O2 Arena in London. The show broke a record and gained the title of ‘Highest Demand for Tickets for One Music Concert’ after 20 million requests.
This demand fired up the rumors about a possible Led Zeppelin reunion, but Robert Plant wasn’t into it. As the frontman had turned down several offers, the remaining members considered continuing without Robert Plant. However, they had to find a vocalist that would ‘fit their bill,’ but they ultimately gave up as they couldn’t decide.
Peter Mensch shared his ideas, saying:
“So they did the show with Robert Plant; they had a really good time rehearsing, the three of them before Robert showed up.
They decided that if they could find a singer that they thought would fit their bill – whatever their bill was at this stage in their career – that they’d make a record and go on tour.”
John Paul Jones added:
“Jimmy and I rehearsed a bit with Jason Bonham, and we couldn’t really agree on singers, and that fell by the wayside.”
Manager Peter Mench revealed that Page, Jones, and Bonham’s son enjoyed jamming together and wanted to go on a tour, although the original lead singer refused it. So, they tried to work with some other singers such as Steven Tyler, Chris Cornell, and Myles Kennedy to replace Plant during their reunion tour, and maybe even after that. It turned out to be a failed attempt because Jones said they couldn’t decide the singer who could perform as well as Rober Plant.