Jimmy Page's Manager Defends Decision To Tour Without Plant

Jimmy Page's manager Peter Mensch has said that Led Zeppelin are likely to record and tour with a new singer.

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According to Xfm, Peter Mensch, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page's manager, has said that Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham are likely to record and tour with a new singer.

Mensch told the BBC 6 Music, "People don't really understand it. Jimmy Page has been playing guitar professionally since he was 16 years old. Jimmy Page likes being a musician. That's what he does! He doesn't want to be a race car driver or a solicitor.

"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 That's what Jimmy Page does."

Peter Mensch, whose QPrime stable also includes Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica, declined to speculate on a possible replacement for singer Robert Plant.

"I can't comment on any rumors right now," said the manager, "It's gonna be a long and difficult process. And we're not soliciting people! So don't call me about it!"

Thanks for the report to Blabbermouth.net.

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    b_flo
    Btw, Taylor Hawkins did a great rendition of Rock 'n' Roll...featured on Foo Fighters Live In Wembley. But it seemed like he's not used to being a frontman.
    dustyoffski
    Ive never been in the same hall with Page or Jones, and would really like to see them play. Id pay to see whatever incarnation they chose. I would hope they would change the name a bit. Zeppelin imitators never get it right, they take grace and talent, and it becomes an exaggeration. take for example on the two disc set Led Zeppelin dvds, the first disc "tour en scene 1969" that footage is a more acurate of what being at an early led zeppelin concert would have been like minus that audience. Just those two songs, its clear Plant blew away all rock or metal singers in the first year of its existance, before or since then. i hope they tour, that would be interesting.
    Lil Macker
    Heh, I hope they get Paul Rodgers, I mean, he's too good for Queen. Who cares if he's already worked with Page, Rodgers is awesome.
    SlashHendrix
    as far as im concerned, its not led zeppelin without plant, even if their new singer is any good its theyre never gonna be as good as they used to be whithout plant
    Shadow_Hawk
    DilBomb wrote: They should get the singer from that band Wolfmother. That'd be some pretty cool stuff.
    wolfmother is a generic rip off of led zep, so it would defientely work lol. I like them though.
    highandmighty93
    Led Zepplin was and always will be a great band. Regardless of what they will do, they'll know it's the right thing because, hey, they've been doing it for like 30+. If you don't like what they're doing, then don't get your panties in a bunch. It's not like they're going to stop because Phe4rTheGod said they should. So just back off.
    TMVolta19
    No where in the article did they say Led Zeppelin is getting back together. Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones are playing in a band together is not synonymous with Led Zeppelin. They'll prolly make new music and tour with a new name since its a new band. The closest they would be to Led Zeppelin would be covering a song or two at a concert like most bands do already.
    DouglasDisaster
    Peter Mensch needs to get his story straight, or time his press releases better. I'm just glad they didn't put the job on TV like INXS did. What happened to that? Happy Birthday Jimmy Page!
    Robbertto
    If Plant doesn't want to tour, let him do what he wants. You can't crucify him for not wanting to trudge across the world singing night after night if he doesn't want to anymore. I mean he's 60 years old Phe4rTheGod: ****ing ignorant. just because you don't like Led Zeppelin doesn't mean they didn't "have it". They were a very talented band in their time. I can understand if you don't like them, though. Not everyone can dig everything. I'm tired of Zeppelin fans getting torn down as hacks just into the band because of their former popularity, or just Zeppelin "fanboys". And to Page: I'm going to be ticked if he tours without Plant as Zeppelin. The band made a wise choice breaking up in 1980 after Bonzo died. In their OWN words after John Bonham died, "there is no Led Zeppelin without Bonzo", and now without Plant as well? That is not Led Zeppelin. While I still respect Page and Jones (as they are phenomenal) if they want to tour, form a new band. The only reason I can see for Page wanting to tour *under Zeppelin* is for the money, and that's just not cool. Apologies for the rant.
    benman7
    Thats total madness! Theyre already missing their origional drummer, Why would they get rid of plant!? I mean sure he did release that kinda country album with some lady but...cmon, forgive and forget right? haha
    b_flo
    It goes to show why singers are the prima donnas...according to Plant, he doesn't want to do the reunion tour, because there's too much paper work involved. With today's live technology as far as mics and P.A. goes, it would be great to hear them live. Although I would stick w/an analog board...H3000 or XL4. If it's digital...Digidesign Venue w/analog outboard for the vocals (go through a Manley). Nexo Geo T, V-dosc or Adamson would be great.
    RockInPeaceDime
    Phe4rTheGod wrote: Zep = Do not or ever want This band needs to hang it up...they never had it to begin with...IMO I suppose...
    You do know that (likely) just about every band/musician you listen to today is influenced in some way by Zeppelin?
    chickrawker
    then make another band or something.. dont get another singer. anyone hear about jaxons petition on mmr? hah
    aseme
    of course he would defend him, how else is he going to make money if they don't tour?
    corrie_911
    Gormanilius wrote: corrie_911 wrote: Thebridge wrote: If they toured without Plant under a different name, I would definitely see it. There's actually nothing wrong with the tour as long it's not under the banner of "Led Zeppelin."Phe4rTheGod wrote: Zep = Do not or ever want This band needs to hang it up...they never had it to begin with...IMO I suppose... ....That's just ignorant. Opinion is one thing, saying they never had "it" is just plain stupid. how is that stupid at all? it's just an opinion and i for one agree with him. Its stupid because considering how many record sales they had, how many of the artists today cover their songs, It is just stupid to say they never "had it" to say you never liked them is something different and understandable for some poeple.
    gotcha
    zink10192
    i think led zeppelin with a new singer is much better than led zeppelin without a singer anyday, so whatever happens, happens, even though personally i hope plant does the right thing.
    Gormanilius
    corrie_911 wrote: Thebridge wrote: If they toured without Plant under a different name, I would definitely see it. There's actually nothing wrong with the tour as long it's not under the banner of "Led Zeppelin."Phe4rTheGod wrote: Zep = Do not or ever want This band needs to hang it up...they never had it to begin with...IMO I suppose... ....That's just ignorant. Opinion is one thing, saying they never had "it" is just plain stupid. how is that stupid at all? it's just an opinion and i for one agree with him.
    Its stupid because considering how many record sales they had, how many of the artists today cover their songs, It is just stupid to say they never "had it" to say you never liked them is something different and understandable for some poeple.
    DilBomb
    They should get the singer from that band Wolfmother. That'd be some pretty cool stuff.
    Gormanilius
    jean_genie wrote: This would be like Paul McCartney touring with Ringo Starr and Sean Lennon, and calling themselves the Beatles. Sean sings and writes a lot like his dad - but he's not his dad. Unlike bands like The Cure or Megadeth, which are defined by the sound of 'the band', Led Zeppelin and the Beatles are defined by the personalities. McCartney knows this, which is why he hasn't tried to cash in on the Beatles' name. I can only hope that Page changes the name, even if it's to 'Led Starship' or something stupid like that. I do know I'm buying the record though.
    LEd Starship actually sounds pretty cool and like a step forward from zepplin, like future led zepp.
    corrie_911
    Thebridge wrote: If they toured without Plant under a different name, I would definitely see it. There's actually nothing wrong with the tour as long it's not under the banner of "Led Zeppelin."Phe4rTheGod wrote: Zep = Do not or ever want This band needs to hang it up...they never had it to begin with...IMO I suppose... ....That's just ignorant. Opinion is one thing, saying they never had "it" is just plain stupid.
    how is that stupid at all? it's just an opinion and i for one agree with him.
    ZoSo21315
    I also realize they would write new music not mostly play old songs but they are the members of Led Zeppelin and that is what they will be forever coincided with. Oh and Phe4rTheGod, everybody is prayin' for you man we all hope you get the help you need.
    ZoSo21315
    Phe4rTheGod : Zep = Do not or ever want This band needs to hang it up...they never had it to begin with...IMO I suppose... Hang it up? They have been "hung up". Moron. Also, they are one of the greatest bands of all time and that is not debatable. With that said I do not want to see them tour only because I dont want them to join the ranks of say the Stones or GNR who just keep coming back for more. Led Zeppelin left their mark on the music world and they risk tarnishing it. Almost like when a great movie comes out and then it is promptly ruined by a sequel.
    matthippie88
    i'm glad that robert has stuck by his guns and is not going to reunite led zeppelin cause he knows it would be a waste of time...zeppelin were the greatest band in the world in their prime but if they got together with jason is would just be trying to relive old glory...i really dig what robert has done since zepp disbanded...but if jimmy does get something together it shouldn't have anything to do with zeppelin, some zepp songs in the set would be cool but i'd like to hear some new music from jimmy..
    Escalier
    The way i see it Jimmy Page=Amazing ability to pull greatness right out of his own butt Time and time again he has shown that if he does something, he does it to the extreme, and it usually turns out great. besides, like he said, he's a musician, he needs his live playing fix! I wouldn't count him as one to sit in his yard playing croquet or something...
    MtLMkR
    eh, who could blame page, i'd love plant to be in the line-up, but if he's gonna be a little btch and decide not to get back with 'em, well, zeppelin shouldn't be put on hold just for plant... i'm sorry, but he's been blowin off LZ for long enough, so i say to just drop plant from the equation all together
    TegCampbell
    It still dosent make sense! David Gilmour and Rick Wright toured together but they didnt call it Pink Floyd!!
    moodyblues92
    guys, just leave it, what people do in their own world is up to them, clearly Plant doesnt want to go back to Zep, and page n the guys dont want him back, hello!? waake up! they each want their own thing, they worked real ****ing hard to get where they are, so let them make the decisions as what they do with their carreers, it their lives. why do you guys never stop and think "what does it have to do with me" or "what am i saying, their producing entertainment for us as fans"? you really should leave all this stuff up to them, its a bad thing to get involved where your not invited to.
    Distortion360
    It would be awesome if they tour under a new name with David Coverdale on vocals. I would go! The Coverdale/Page album was cool.
    napalm890
    insurgentsteve wrote: Think about this..... Robert Plant is a legend. His prime is most certainly gone. He doesn't want that legendary status tarnished. He has more than enough money. What reason does he have for himself that would motivate him to tour? (rhetorical question)
    well obviously if he did tour again he wouldn't do it for selfish reasons, he would do it for the millions of fans that love his music.
    CommBreakDown
    I think Jimmy Page believe his music still means soemthing and still obviously wants to be heard. If i was an old rocker Id want to got out in life knowing that i played til my bones grew old.
    new_age_reject
    Are we forgetting that plant is not the only person missing from a full Zeppelin reunion? It is for this reason that I do not want a reunion.
    Sdooper_Man
    Phe4rTheGod wrote: Zep = Do not or ever want This band needs to hang it up...they never had it to begin with...IMO I suppose...
    you most likely listen to brittany spears/ maroon 5 and I bet you are... or know Chris Crocker
    Lethal Dosage
    First he says that they ARE going on tour then I hear on the radio that he says the ARENT and that everything he said before was untrue so I have this for paige's manager MAKE UP YOUR FUCKING MIND DUDE
    tomisamonkeyman
    looks like a couple of the members of zep are low on cash? this whole thing is all for the money, its a shame they would get a new singer now
    Wingate
    How the **** are you gonna replace Robert Plant? Thats impossible!
    LnyBrd
    Deacon Blues wrote: plant can't sing anymore....so who cares! i'd rather have a new kick ass album...
    This is true, Ive heard him recently and his pipes are gone. I read somewhere else that Miles Kennedy was going to sing on either a new recording or a tour...I think that would be a sweet setup. The Led Zeppelin name goes with whoever holds the rights to it, thats a legal issue so If Page or jones or both own it they can tour under the name as long under any lineup they want. Jimmy Page was the reason I started to play guitar, I hope he does whatever makes him happy and if he's still got chops peeps will still pay to see him.
    Led-Zeppelin71
    I would pay top money just to see page play!!!!! let's think about if we were a fat person ( hang in here with me,k?) a big huge gorgeous cake(led Zeppelin) wants to be eaten but one slice has gone bad and the other has less choclate!!!(plant and bonham) you still want a slice don't you?? Even if it is just one!!!! That was by far the most ridicoulouse thing I ever said but **** it anyway!!!! JUST FUCKING TOUR!!!!!
    Sublime Stylee
    Strat132 wrote: i personally would love to see Zep with or without Plant, you still got Bonham and Page. I know I know you cant really have %100 zeppelin without plant but it still be kick a*s*s
    bonham is dead... it's his son who plays now, so technically its only 50%
    Mikewazousky
    I heard on the radio today that Page had given up and that there would be no more reunions ever. Hope that damn radio host was wrong!! SOME Zeppelin is better than none!
    Bananapatata
    bc_rich24 wrote: Robert plant is freakin stupid for not going back to led zepplin.
    why?
    tcangusyoung123
    Phe4rTheGod wrote: Zep = Do not or ever want This band needs to hang it up...they never had it to begin with...IMO I suppose...
    What a comedian
    bombs551
    I really don't think that Zeppelin should tour again. Just leave it as a job well done at the O2 arena. Plus with out Robert Plant, it isn't Led Zeppelin, and I'm not interested. As much as I love Led Zeppelin and would like to see them live, I have to say it.
    guitarlad89
    Set-Abominae wrote: Zeppelin - Plant = Do not want. But goddamn I love Zeppelin Q_Q
    THANK YOU!!!!! It would NOT be the same