drummer Jason Bonham
has revealed that the band came "real close" to reforming the band without frontman Robert Plant
The sticksman, who is the son of late Led Zep
star John Bonham
, said the remaining former members, Jimmy Page
and John Paul Jones
, had worked on material for a year with a view to hitting the road before the reunion was shelved.
"I think basically, they agreed to disagree," Bonham
. "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. It was so much fun."
Despite plans to draft in a replacement singer, Bonham
ruled out Alter Bridge
singer Myles Kennedy
being in the frame.
"Somebody else was involved and that's all I'll say,"
he added. "But as I said, I loved the time we had together. I can't even explain it, it was just great."
His comments come after bassist John Paul Jones
said the project "fell by the wayside" after he went on to form Them Crooked Vultures
with Dave Grohl
and Josh Homme
stepped in for his late father when the remaining members reformed for a one-off gig at London's O2 Arena at the end of 2007 in aid of Atlantic Records
founder Ahmet Ertegun
Thanks for the report to NME.com