Since their 2007 one-off reunion concert, several members of Led Zeppelin have tried to arrange a splashy world tour, complete with new material from the reassembled band. The hitch has been former lead singer Robert Plant, who stalwartly refuses to rejoin the crew (even releasing a statement to refute the rumors). Remaining collaborators Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham (who replaced his father, John Bonham, as the band's drummer) recently told the press they're willing to take Zeppelin in a new direction. They've been sizing up replacement frontmen, and Billboard seems to think they've got an eye on Myles Kennedy.
Kennedy would go from leading Alter Bridge, which is comprised of the members of Creed (minus Scott Stapp), to replacing Plant in a quartet that may or may not tour under the Led Zeppelin banner.
Billboard's sources claim that Kennedy has been rehearsing with the band, and that the crew is all set to hit the road. This comes a month after Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider gave Canadian TV's MuchMoreMusic the inside scoop on Zeppelin's plans. Snider claimed that there was "a gazillion dollars on the table" if Plant would reconsider the world tour, but that Myles Kennedy was ready in the wings.
"And he can sing the shit out of Zeppelin," Snider added.
Last week, bassist John Paul Jones told the BBC that the band has definitive plans to tour, but didn't mention Kennedy. They recognize the importance of finding a singer who adds something new to the sound, he said. "It's got to be right. There's no point in just finding another Robert. You could get that out of a tribute band, but we don't want to be our own tribute band."
Billboard has hinted that if Kennedy joins Zeppelin, we might witness more than one reunion tour—which is to say there would a lot of money to be made in a Creed regrouping as well. Who would have thought that the same guy would go from standing in for 2004's most widely reviled musician to one of history's most celebrated classic rockers?
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