Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant was replaced, at least in rehearsals, by Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy in 2008 after rejecting a massive Led Zeppelin reunion tour (Greta Van Fleet’s manager thinks their singer could front a Zep tour) following the band’s December 2007 reunion show in London at the O2 Arena. Ultimate-Guitar David Slavković recently interviewed Kennedy, and he discussed the band’s intentions at the time. While Kennedy doesn’t believe it was going to be called Led Zeppelin, there have been many reports that it was going to be under the Zeppelin name. Plant making a ridiculous demand in the studio with Jimmy Page when recording new reunion material was detailed yesterday.
“It was originally gonna be like a project. I don’t think they were going to call it Led Zeppelin. But just the fact that the people who were involved were, you know, former members of Led Zeppelin, was pretty, pretty heavy and certainly carried a lot of gravity. In a good way.
So when I got that call and have the opportunity to fly to London and hang with those guys, it was obviously a dream come true. That happened over 10 years ago and I still have to pinch myself and ask myself: ‘Did that actually happen?’. [Laughs] It seems so far fetched in a lot of ways. It was definitely one of the highlights of my musical career, without a shadow of a doubt.”
You can read the full interview at Ultimate-Guitar.
Robert Plant was called a ‘jerk’ by an A-list star on television last week. Stevie Albini discussed producing the Page and Plant reunion album Walking into Clarksdale in the new Porcupine documentary. Alternative Nation reporter Mike Mazzarone transcribed his remarks.
“It was different shit every day. Like, every day I would show up and there would be have been things that I would have been expected to have done overnight. Like, on their way out at the end of a session they would be like:
‘Okay, we need a rough mix of this, I want to hear this take of that guitar solo but moved into that take of the song.’
As well as requesting for an instrumental of a song to send to this guy for a film commercial for a film licensing or whatever. So I would have all of this busywork to do after they left for the day, and then that would be done. They wouldn’t always ask to listen to it the next day but if they ever did ask to listen to anything that they had requested and I hadn’t had done it, I would have been fired on the spot.”
He added, “So, I had to do all of this stuff knowing that a lot of it was never going to be heard.”