Changing course from an earlier tirade in which he said that a reunion of Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Jason Bonham, and an unidentified lead singer would happen and be good for the economy, Led Zeppelin manager Peter Mensch is now saying that all plans for any sort of cash-in tour or album are completely off the table: “Led Zeppelin are over! If you didn’t see them in 2007 [when they played a one-off reunion at London's O2 Arena], you missed them. It’s done. I can’t be any clearer than that.”
Mensch confirmed that last fall, when singer Robert Plant made it known he was continuing his partnership with bluegrass artist Alison Krauss and had no intention of returning to Led Zeppelin, replacement vocalists were auditioned to possibly record and tour with Page, Jones and Bonham.
“They tried out a few singers, but no one worked out,” says Mensch. “That was it. The whole thing is completely over now. There are absolutely no plans for them to continue. Zero. Frankly, I wish everybody would stop talking about it.”
When asked what new projects Jimmy Page was going to be involved with in 2009, Mensch said, “Fuck if I know. I’m waiting to hear.”
Well hey, now that it seems Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy isn’t heading out for more classic pastures, I can think of one guy who’s probably aching to step in for David Coverdale on a performance of “Pride & Joy.”
“Led Zeppelin are over!” says Jimmy Page’s manager [MusicRadar via RS]