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Led Zeppelin Auditioning A New Singer?

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UK-based website The Sun is reporting:

LED ZEPPELIN frontman ROBERT PLANT is to be given an ultimatum by his bandmates – join us on tour or we’ll replace you.

Zep guitarist JIMMY PAGE, bassist JOHN PAUL JONES and drummer JASON BONHAM have been busy recently rehearsing in West London’s Ritz Studio and using stand-in vocalists.

And one American singer has been so impressive the other band members are confident they could hit the road next year WITHOUT their iconic frontman.

Brummie-born belter Plant has refused to take part in any practice sessions as he is currently committed to his side project with country singer ALISON KRAUSS.

A source said: “Jimmy, Jason and John are determined a tour will go ahead next year.

“They’ve been rehearsing frequently in London and the band is really gelling.

There’s an American guy who has been standing in for Robert regularly and doing a great job.

“Obviously they want the original frontman to join them on the road but he still won’t commit.

“They will be finalising plans for shows over the next couple of months and will tell Robert that if he doesn’t want to be involved they will go ahead without him.”

While fans would be disappointed if Plant was not involved, the shows would still fill arenas worldwide.

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1. zMETALlica writes:

This is the funniest news I've ever read. If Plant leaves it's no longer Zeppelin and they are just milking the name for all it's worth. it's like if James and Lars quit Metallica... hmm well that doesn't sound like a bad idea, but you get my point.

# Sep 19, 2008 @ 8:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. MetallicPunk writes:

Yeah if their is no Robert Plant then I could care less about them touring,even though Plant can't hit some of the notes he could before he is still the singer for Zeppelin and a replacement would not do it justice also Plant needs to get together stop this crap he is doing with Krauss cause its really bad.

# Sep 19, 2008 @ 8:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Rollmonkey writes:

i'll do it.

# Sep 19, 2008 @ 9:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Jenny writes:

This isn't even funny...how could the band even consider this as an option? I mean, will people even want to see them tour without Robert Plant.?.I think not. That's like The Doors without Jim Morrison!

# Sep 19, 2008 @ 9:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Fuck a Name writes:

personally though, I would like to see trujillo and kirk hammet go off and form a new band, leaving Lars and James behind. me and a friend were just talking about that a few days ago too.

Robert Plant though, needs to tuck in his vagina and go back out with Led Zepp, or all-f***in-hell will break loose.

# Sep 19, 2008 @ 10:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Chupacabra_hunter writes:

they will still tour..Dead Kennedys did it without jello..the doors did it with no lizard king...van halen did it with no david or sammy.money means more than the integrity of the band i guess

# Sep 19, 2008 @ 10:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Chupacabra_hunter writes:

did i spell integrity right?

# Sep 19, 2008 @ 10:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. godlike writes:

I dont really see this happening, but there are certainly some singers out there that are capable of pulling it off... and David Coverversion is not one of em..!!

# Sep 19, 2008 @ 10:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Kalis_wrath writes:

I would boycott in an instant if Plant, didn't plant himself into the project. It would be disrespectful to the Zep name!

# Sep 19, 2008 @ 11:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. MetallicPunk writes:

I would cringe at the thought of David Coverdale being the lead singer for Led Zeppelin if that ever happened.

# Sep 20, 2008 @ 1:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. ATHENA writes:

I wanted to see Led Zeppelin,lived to see them live,more than any other band InTheWorld 30yrs. ago-then "Bonzo" BONHAM Choked to death in his own puke,and they cancelled their tour-GOD was I crushed;A lot of things have happened to this band over the years(Plant going solo-and I've got all his solo releases-he IS the AGONY&theECSTACY of R&R vocalists)Jimmy Page plays some of the best 12string acoustic EVER,and his solo work is up to par;IF-and that's a big IF-they can find someone to replace Plant,they might be able to pull this one off-I definitly want to hear this'replacements' pipes,though,before I plunk any of My hard-earned $ down-I'm not sure I'd want to see them without Plant(He's almost Irreplacable)

# Sep 20, 2008 @ 5:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. brettTHEjett writes:

The "American" guy they speak of is Dave Grohl I believe.


Did I spell Grohl Right?

# Sep 20, 2008 @ 7:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Red writes:

There is no way tjat Led Zeppelin could be Led Zeppelin without Plant. Just clone him or don't do it.

# Sep 20, 2008 @ 8:10 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. b12 writes:

wats robs deal...ive lost so much respect for this douche after whats been going on lately and what he said about his fans

# Sep 20, 2008 @ 8:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. bfd writes:

this would be like cannibal corpse without chris barnes... oh wait

# Sep 20, 2008 @ 1:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. BLACKDOG writes:

This cannot possibly be true.

I absolutely refuse to get behind this one.

# Sep 20, 2008 @ 1:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. BodomFan writes:

this is a horrible idea. Plant better get on board

# Sep 20, 2008 @ 3:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Caveman writes:

that chick singer plants touring with is making a lot of enemies, she must suck a real good d*** to prevent zeppelin for re-forming

# Sep 20, 2008 @ 5:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. lancelot200 writes:

Screw Plant! I love him but he's doing country. The hell is he thinking.

# Sep 20, 2008 @ 6:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. rainsong88 writes:

i'm only a young one... so i've never seen a led zeppelin concert... their my favorite band... to me robert is irreplaceable... there are no comparisons... if theres anyway fans like me can convince him to go on with this tour... i'de do it... i doubt though fans can do anything... hopefully robert jimmy jason bonham and john paul jones come to their senses and realize only they can be led zeppelin... its bad enough John Bonham died

# Sep 20, 2008 @ 7:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Kalis_wrath writes:

Lancelot, Plant, I think is thinking with his p***s. I really wish he would start thinking with the brain in his cranium!

# Sep 20, 2008 @ 7:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. The Pig writes:

Who actually gives a sh** about a Led Zeppelin comeback? The band's been all downhill
since Bonham died.

# Sep 20, 2008 @ 7:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Kalis_wrath writes:

The Pig, you are apply named! Zep broke up after Bonham died you retard! *rolls eyes*

# Sep 20, 2008 @ 7:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Red writes:

Haha and then he will change his name for the pit because you brought him down in it....

# Sep 20, 2008 @ 8:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Kalis_wrath writes:

*LOL* Bring it on I say!

# Sep 20, 2008 @ 9:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. The Rover writes:

Check out the album "Great Zeppelin", Jack Russell from Great White, can do an impressive job, of standing in for Robert Plant, also Michael White would be a good choice. Why should Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones & Jason Bonham not be able to carry on the Led Zeppelin legacy without Robert Plant, he doesn't seem to really care. These guys aren't getting any younger, & I think if they want to do Zeppelin music any justice this might be their last shot at it and should take it & it'll make millions of people around the world happy to have been able to see these great musicians perform.

# Sep 20, 2008 @ 9:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Kalis_wrath writes:

I would be happy with them going by The Zep. Hate Great white though.

# Sep 20, 2008 @ 9:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Southern_Bastard writes:

i NOMINATE Kyle Thomas!!!

# Sep 20, 2008 @ 9:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. Kalis_wrath writes:

I nominate my Mom! *LOL*

# Sep 21, 2008 @ 1:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Kalis_wrath writes:

No wait... I nominate SARH PALIN!

# Sep 21, 2008 @ 1:31 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. psythe writes:

^Well, as long as you don't nominate Sarah Palin, I'm cool with that :P

# Sep 21, 2008 @ 7:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. Red writes:

I nominate myself, I can't sing for crap but I would still be in Led Zeppelin !!!

# Sep 21, 2008 @ 8:31 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. Fuck_A_Name writes:

I nominate Oderus from Gwar.

# Sep 21, 2008 @ 4:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. Kalis_wrath writes:

Hehehe! How about Gaahl?

# Sep 21, 2008 @ 6:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. Scary Jesus writes:

I nominate John Bush from Anthrax and Armored Saint as the new singer for Led Zeppelin.

# Sep 21, 2008 @ 8:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. spiral_architect writes:

I think Ozzy Osbourne would be a cool choice for Led Zeppelin. There was actually a collaboration between Sabbath and Zeppelin that can be found as a bootleg release, called "Black Zeppelin"!

# Sep 21, 2008 @ 9:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. Monster Magnet writes:

I think maybe there could be a a good colaboration if they used richard pryor or maybe kevin bacon. I think he has a nice voice.

# Sep 21, 2008 @ 10:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. KORNDOGG writes:

Is this for real? f***ing give it up already, their all like 80 years old...............All we need is another rolling stones( skeletons on stage)

# Sep 21, 2008 @ 10:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. Fuck a Name writes:

I change my nomination. Corpsegrinder for Led Zeppelin!

or the dude from Pig Destroyer. Now THAT would be interesting.

Now Playing: Pig Destroyer- Rotten Yellow

# Sep 22, 2008 @ 2:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. Kalis_wrath writes:

Jeff fvckin Walker! That man is a legend!

# Sep 22, 2008 @ 2:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. psythe writes:

I think they should mix it up and get some Indian to sing for them. In Arabian. Just to REALLY mess with my head hahah. Back up vocals should be an Irishman. Singing in African. Oh god... lol

# Sep 22, 2008 @ 8:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. Vinny the Metalhead writes:

My nomination for a new Led Zeppelin singer would be David Coverdale. That guy is awesome and he also did a collaboration with Jimmy Page called "Page/Coverdale".

Now Playing: Page/Coverdale - Pride and Joy

# Sep 22, 2008 @ 10:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. Kalis_wrath writes:

No Coverdale!

# Sep 22, 2008 @ 11:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. That_One_Guy writes:

I think Nergal (Behemoth) would be a great choice for Zep's new singer. Or Glen Benton. Hahahahahah!

# Sep 22, 2008 @ 11:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. Scary Jesus writes:

Glen Benton? Give me a break!

How 'bout either Sebastian Bach, Axl Rose, Paul Di'Anno (formerly of Iron Maiden), Phil Anselmo (Pantera and Down) or Wino (Saint Vitus)?

# Sep 22, 2008 @ 5:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. BLACKDOG writes:

All bad idea's.Ican't think of anybody else.I'd hope Coverdale does'nt get it but considering the history I would not be shocked.I just cant picture anybody else.Accept maybe the guy from the FIRM Who's name for some reason I can't remember right now but the FIRM was Zep Lite anyway.

# Sep 22, 2008 @ 6:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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47. G writes:

Put a sock in it brothas!
This is the dumbest news I've ever heard in my mothaf***in' life...

# Sep 22, 2008 @ 8:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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48. Scary Jesus writes:

To post 47:

Who cares?

# Sep 23, 2008 @ 3:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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49. Txmetalhead writes:

LOL - to post 28...Kyle wouldn't be a good fit.
I like the guy's vocals..but this ain't NOLA sludge metal

# Sep 23, 2008 @ 4:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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50. Txmetalhead writes:

Chris Barnes - lol - had to throw in my 2 cents...
Seriously - get Rob Halford, or Ozzy might be a good choice, too.
Yes - No WhiteSnake loser - Coverdale..

# Sep 23, 2008 @ 4:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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51. Txmetalhead writes:

To post 12 - yeah I know the posts are out of order..but Dave Grohl on vocals?? Tell me you are kidding..no way, man.

# Sep 23, 2008 @ 4:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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52. G writes:

This news is actually a fake, and Chris Barnes will certainly never be the new singer of Led Zeppelin, neither will Rob Halford, Coverdale or Ozzy.

# Sep 23, 2008 @ 6:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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53. That_One_Guy writes:

Me nominating Glen Benton and Nergal.. along with the nominations for most other singers mentioned on here (Chris Barnes, etc.) were just a joke, Scary Jesus.

# Sep 24, 2008 @ 1:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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54. Geoff W writes:

The OBVIOUSE choice, the best choice, and the most likely choice is without doubt Chris Cornell.
Page has spoken in admirable terms about him in interviews, he has the voice, the passion and presentation to pull it off. Imagine if that line up did an album! And zillions (myself included)
would go see the gig. Zep has always been Jimmys baby, and he must be sick of Plants procrastination..the grumbling old man that he is. So more power to em go SOUND ZEP! Ha

# Sep 26, 2008 @ 1:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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55. Chupacabra_hunter writes:

PAT BOONE!! that guy went metal remember

# Sep 26, 2008 @ 8:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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56. godlike writes:

BLACKDOG - that guy from the The Firm was Paul Rodgers from the band Bad Company...and lately he has been doing shows singing for the band Queen....!! at any rate... that is a good suggestion..!!

I agree with the Rover... Jack Russell from Great White has an amazing voice and the album Great Zeppelin shows that he is more than capable of filling in for Plant..!!

# Sep 26, 2008 @ 9:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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57. That_One_Guy writes:

Pat Boone, lmao!

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