Dear So Called Led Zeppelin fanatics:
I have been reading a lot of fan comments on other blogs and message boards slamming and bashing the left over members of Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham for agreeing to tour and make a new album without Robert Plant. For example fans been calling Robert Plant a selfish asshole for not rejoining them, fans been calling the other guys Page, Jones, Bonham pricks for going on without Robert. Here is my response to all that bullshit. I will take the time to defend this.
So the guys in Led Zeppelin tried to talk Robert Plant into joining them for a full tour and a hopeful new album after the successful O2 reunion from last year, but Robert Plant wasn’t down. He was committed to his “Raising Sand” project with Allison Krauss.
To be honest, I think Robert Plant joining Led Zeppelin for a full fledge world tour would be a horrible idea. And here’s why. Simply put, Robert Plant is old. The man is 60. Robert himself even admitted that he is too old for this loud rock n’ roll thing. If Robert did agree to tour with Led Zep full time, think how Robert Plant could lose his voice. He can not sing as powerful and can’t get to those high pitch screams anymore like he did back in the old days.
At the O2 show from last year, why do you think Led Zeppelin dropped keys to a few songs ’cause Robert couldn’t sing so high? I personally think Robert singing loud rock n’ roll night after night, would be too overwhelming for him. Can you see why he doesn’t agree for a full world tour? You must use common sense and get a reality check.
This is why Robert moved on with the Allison Krauss bluegrass/country project ’cause Robert found he could be good at that. Country/bluegrass is much easier for Robert to sing because it’s not loud and angry like rock n’ roll is. At the O2 last year, Robert sang great, don’t get me wrong, but you’ll have to admit that Robert had trouble singing some notes in certain Zeppelin songs. Robert Plant just doesn’t have it anymore. It’s just as simple as that, folks.
Sure, I was a little dissapointed that Robert didn’t agree to tour with Led Zep, but so what, it’s life. You can’t always get what you want in life. Robert himself even approved of those guys going on without him, he wants them to go on without him.
As far as Jimmy, Jonesy, and Jason goes, hey, what can I say. They are musicians, and bands like most of us musicians around here. All bands want to do different things in music. Bands do what they want to do, not caring what anybody else thinks. I’ve said it once before in an earlier blog post about Guns N’ Roses, that band members changes over the years even with national bands and local bands. All bands get different musicians and different singers over the years. You have to understand that, it’s the way music is.
I’m all for Jimmy, Jonesy, and Jason going on without Robert. I want it to happen. Like I said before, I just want Jimmy Page out there playing guitar with various musicians ’cause that’s what he does, he is a musician. I said before, that Pagey just wants to play with no matter who he is playing with. He just wants to jam on his guitar with other musicians just like we all do. Not every little thing Pagey does in music will involve Robert Plant, GET OVER IT!!! Pagey had many projects outside of Led Zeppelin over the years everything from Coverdale/Page, The Black Crowes “Live at the Greek”, The Honeydrippers, etc. The list can go on.
I’m actually interested in what Jimmy, Jonesy and Jason can do without Robert Plant. You can’t badily judge them this early when they haven’t even put out any new music for us to hear and say what they are going to do is horrible. When they announce the new singer and start releasing new music for us to hear, then you can judge if them going on without Robert Plant is a bad idea. If they pick the right singer and write the great music that blows us all away, then you may think no Robert Plant is a good thing.
I’m all for anything Jimmy Page does ’cause he is a guitar hero that I idolize. I don’t care if he plays music without Robert Plant or not, I just want to hear his great guitar playing. I’m glad he’s planning something new outside of Led Zeppelin. Jimmy Page hasn’t done anything new outside of Led Zeppelin since the Black Crowes “Live at the Greek” which that happened back in the year 2000.
I hope I’m not the only one out there who is looking forward to the new Led Zeppelin project and hope I’m not the only one that sees this in a positive direction. Either way, I don’t care. The new Led Zeppelin project that Jimmy, Jonesy, and Jason is going to be great, I’m sure of it.