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Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Wed Oct 01, 2008 1:10 am

Led Zeppelin are re-uniting with John Bonham's son on the drums but Robert Plant is refusing to join the party for at least two years. They are looking for a lead singer.

Our local rock station Rock101 had a phone in with suggestions - which ranged from the expected to random including Paul Rodgers, Roger Hodgson & Burton Cummings. They also played a version of Black Dog with Ann Wilson of Heart singing the vocals. I have to confess it sounded very good, but to me it feels kinda wrong to have a woman singing where Plant should be.

Saying that, I can think of few alternatives. What do you think???
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RE: Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Wed Oct 01, 2008 1:16 am

Honestly, I think it'd be a real slap in the face. It is against the whole Led Zeppelin principle of no longer touring/recording after Bonzo's death. So now they'd go on with a different lead singer? As much as Bonzo meant to the band, imagine them with no Robert Plant!  Sad
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RE: Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Wed Oct 01, 2008 1:24 am

Well. It sure as hell isn't Led Zeppelin if Robert Plant isn't there.
 
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RE: Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Wed Oct 01, 2008 1:32 am



Quoting StuckInCA (Reply 2):
Well. It sure as hell isn't Led Zeppelin if Robert Plant isn't there.

Pretty much.

Although, to be fair, I don't particularly care if they want to tour under the moniker "Led Zeppelin" even without Plant. I just probably won't go see them.
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RE: Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Wed Oct 01, 2008 1:33 am



Quoting StuckInCA (Reply 2):
Well. It sure as hell isn't Led Zeppelin if Robert Plant isn't there

Completely agree.

Although, if they're truly going to tour without Plant, Brett Scallions would be awesome on vocals.
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RE: Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Wed Oct 01, 2008 1:41 am

Simple answer is:::: There is no Zeppelin without Bonham, Page or Plant....Jason Bonham will do, but not without Plant... To suggest anything otherwise is a travesty...
 
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RE: Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Wed Oct 01, 2008 2:06 am



Quoting Sprout5199 (Reply 6):
Don't forget Jones. He was a BIG part of the Zeppelin sound. Doesn't get the credit that is due to him.

You are 100% Correct... I should not have left that out.
 
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RE: Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Wed Oct 01, 2008 2:06 am



Quoting HapppyLandings (Reply 5):
There is no Zeppelin without Bonham, Page or Plant....

Don't forget Jones. He was a BIG part of the Zeppelin sound. Doesn't get the credit that is due to him.

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RE: Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Wed Oct 01, 2008 2:11 am

I saw Zep in the Frank Erwin Center on UTexas campus several years ago, with Bonham's son on drums. Excellent show.....made up for the original tour stop I unfortunately missed in Houston....back in the late seventies, early eighties.

However.....I think getting a new vocalist is a bad idea. If it's family of Plant that is different of course. What's wrong with waiting a few years for Robert? Heck....they'd sell out even if they were all senior citizens. Actually I am very surprised Page went for this new vocalist deal. Perhaps financial pressures are weighing on his mind?
 
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RE: Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Wed Oct 01, 2008 2:16 am

I heard on the radio yesterday that Plant heard they were looking for a replacement and he called them up and basically said "hold on a minute there boys. There'll be no replacement singer - I'm your man." I guess they're talking about waiting til he's finished with his Allison Krause tour before getting serious about a real Zep tour.
 
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RE: Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Wed Oct 01, 2008 2:17 am

Plant wrote the actual lyrics to pretty much all the songs. He would still collect the royalties no matter who is singing. He is the owner of Led Zep just as much as Jimmy Page.



Don't forget Page & Plant did at least 2 entire tours together in 1994 and 1998. That was more of a Zeppelin reunion tour than some Jimmy + John Paul Jones + singer would be.


The truth is, Plant had the most to lose. And he would look the most ridiculous. And, he's got the best solo career right now. One can understand why he is reluctant to do it. These guys don't need the money, they are richer than most of us can fathom.
 
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RE: Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Wed Oct 01, 2008 3:25 am



Quoting YVRLTN (Thread starter):
Paul Rodgers

First person I thought of when I read the thread title. He's done a better job filling in for the late Freddie Mercury in Queen than I'd have ever believed possible, but I doubt he'd want to fill in for another contemporary of his who's still alive.

Quoting YVRLTN (Thread starter):
Roger Hodgson

That name rings a bell, but I can't place it. Where would I know him from?

Quoting YVRLTN (Thread starter):
Burton Cummings

At first I laughed, but the more I think about it the more I think his voice could do justice to Led Zeppelin songs.

Quoting YVRLTN (Thread starter):
They also played a version of Black Dog with Ann Wilson of Heart singing the vocals

I heard that today myself. Ann's voice fits the material surprisingly well, but the tempo on the version I heard dragged horribly. It was like listening to "Black Dog" slowed down to "Dreamboat Annie" speed. I guess Tony Bennett will record a version of "Black Dog" next.  yuck 

The thing with Paul, Burton and Ann is this: They all have their own catalog of hits from the 1970s with (respectively) Bad Company, The Guess Who, and Heart, and they don't need to tour the country singing Led Zeppelin songs in place of Robert Plant.

On the other hand, there are literally hundreds of Led Zeppelin cover bands around, some of which have lead singers that are surprisingly good. Any of these guys would literally kill for the opportunity to sing with the real Led Zeppelin. Let these guys audition for the part and pick the best one.
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RE: Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Wed Oct 01, 2008 3:55 am



Quoting TSS (Reply 11):
On the other hand, there are literally hundreds of Led Zeppelin cover bands around, some of which have lead singers that are surprisingly good. Any of these guys would literally kill for the opportunity to sing with the real Led Zeppelin. Let these guys audition for the part and pick the best one.

What a great suggestion... That is the only way I would by tickets for that show. Some pub playing Plant sound alike on stage.... That would be cool  Smile but of course it still is not a LZ show....
 
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RE: Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Wed Oct 01, 2008 4:12 am



Quoting TSS (Reply 11):
On the other hand, there are literally hundreds of Led Zeppelin cover bands around, some of which have lead singers that are surprisingly good. Any of these guys would literally kill for the opportunity to sing with the real Led Zeppelin. Let these guys audition for the part and pick the best one.

That would just be a sad sad thing to see. I would MUCH prefer they all just stay home and never play publicly again  Sad
 
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RE: Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Wed Oct 01, 2008 4:50 am



Quoting TSS (Reply 11):
Quoting YVRLTN (Thread starter):
Paul Rodgers

First person I thought of when I read the thread title. He's done a better job filling in for the late Freddie Mercury in Queen than I'd have ever believed possible, but I doubt he'd want to fill in for another contemporary of his who's still alive.

Theres only one Freddie, but he does a good job - and I guess hes busy touring with Queen anyway.

Quoting TSS (Reply 11):
Quoting YVRLTN (Thread starter):
Roger Hodgson

That name rings a bell, but I can't place it. Where would I know him from?

Supertramp - he certainly gets the higher notes but.........

Quoting TSS (Reply 11):
Quoting YVRLTN (Thread starter):
Burton Cummings

At first I laughed, but the more I think about it the more I think his voice could do justice to Led Zeppelin songs.

I did the same, but one of the stronger candidates actually. The guy that phoned in with that suggestion reckoned Plant himself said 20 years ago Burton was one of the vocalists he respected most.

Quoting TSS (Reply 11):
Quoting YVRLTN (Thread starter):
They also played a version of Black Dog with Ann Wilson of Heart singing the vocals

I heard that today myself. Ann's voice fits the material surprisingly well, but the tempo on the version I heard dragged horribly. It was like listening to "Black Dog" slowed down to "Dreamboat Annie" speed.

I was sceptical when I heard the combination announced, but the version I heard left me pleasantly surprised. Her voice is kind of 'raspy'. Heres one example, though not as good as what I heard http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8pwfw9LY6o
Now wind the clock back 30 years and bring along her sister, I'd certainly pay to see a live show then - but I agree with the general consensus - they should wait for Plant to finish what hes doing and not to do so is a massive slap in the face to the man who made LZ the band they were - imagine the Stones touring next week and leaving Jagger behind!!

Quoting TSS (Reply 11):
On the other hand, there are literally hundreds of Led Zeppelin cover bands around, some of which have lead singers that are surprisingly good. Any of these guys would literally kill for the opportunity to sing with the real Led Zeppelin. Let these guys audition for the part and pick the best one.

Great idea, might even audition myself Big grin There was a band just recently who re-united and found a singer by going through cover bands on youtube - cant remember who that was.
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RE: Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Wed Oct 01, 2008 4:54 am

David Coverdale lol


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RE: Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Wed Oct 01, 2008 10:42 pm



Quoting YVRLTN (Thread starter):
Paul Rodgers, Roger Hodgson & Burton Cummings.

None of the above!  no 

Quoting Aerobalance (Reply 15):
David Coverdale lol

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David Coverdale would be an excellent alternative to Robert Plant.
David Coverdale is a kick ass vocalist and would sound great.

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RE: Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Thu Oct 02, 2008 12:16 am

I say for whomever it is, they should be put to the ultimate test: the beginning "scream" from "Immigrant Song." If they cannot do the "scream", I don't care how good they are. This to me was one of the greatest parts of Robert Plant. I know I sure cannot do that sound, and I am a darn good singer in my own right.
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RE: Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Thu Oct 02, 2008 12:41 am



Quoting Sprout5199 (Reply 6):
Don't forget Jones. He was a BIG part of the Zeppelin sound. Doesn't get the credit that is due to him.

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Amen to that, brother. If Led Zeppelin was recognised for having one of, if not THE best rhythm section in rock'n'roll it is because both Bonham and Jones, on top of their amazing individual skills and inspiration, knew how to play together.

And I think Wikipedia has contributed to right a few historical "wrongs" by giving Jonesy his dues.  Smile
 
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RE: Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Thu Oct 02, 2008 1:10 am

No Plant No Zep, Period!
 
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RE: Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Thu Oct 02, 2008 1:14 am



Quoting Flighty (Reply 10):

Don't forget Page & Plant did at least 2 entire tours together in 1994 and 1998. That was more of a Zeppelin reunion tour than some Jimmy + John Paul Jones + singer would be.

No. It was just as little of a Zeppelin reunion as Jimmy + Jones + Jason Bonham + singer would be.

Quoting WunalaYann (Reply 18):
Quoting Sprout5199 (Reply 6):
Don't forget Jones. He was a BIG part of the Zeppelin sound. Doesn't get the credit that is due to him.

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Amen to that, brother. If Led Zeppelin was recognised for having one of, if not THE best rhythm section in rock'n'roll it is because both Bonham and Jones, on top of their amazing individual skills and inspiration, knew how to play together.

And I think Wikipedia has contributed to right a few historical "wrongs" by giving Jonesy his dues.

Funny enough, it's always seemed to me that Jones HAS gotten his due. Perhaps he didn't so much back in the day, I dunno. And also, perhaps because I'm a bassist and drummer in addition to being a guitarist, I tend to notice the drums and bass more than many others probably would.
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RE: Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Thu Oct 02, 2008 1:20 am



Quoting Vikkyvik (Reply 20):
always seemed to me that Jones HAS gotten his due. Perhaps he didn't so much back in the day, I dunno. And also, perhaps because I'm a bassist and drummer in addition to being a guitarist, I tend to notice the drums and bass more than many others probably would.

John Paul Jones also plays the piano, organ, moog, clavinet, harpsichord and other sounds in Led Zeppelin.
He is the sound that give them that distinct sound.
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RE: Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Thu Oct 02, 2008 1:28 am



Quoting Superfly (Reply 21):
John Paul Jones also plays the piano, organ, moog, clavinet, harpsichord and other sounds in Led Zeppelin.
He is the sound that give them that distinct sound.

Yes, I am aware  Smile

Like I said, I've always felt he is respected as much as Page or Plant or Bonham. At least, I respect him that much.
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RE: Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Thu Oct 02, 2008 1:32 am

It would be pretty hard for me to accept Zep without Plant but, if I had to throw in my two cents, my choice would be Sammy Hagar.On Zep's faster songs Sammy might do excellent
but on slower songs like "Stairway" he might massacre it.

Here's a great verision of "Rock N Roll". Sammy w/Van Halan

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RE: Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Thu Oct 02, 2008 1:36 am



Quoting Vikkyvik (Reply 22):
Like I said, I've always felt he is respected as much as Page or Plant or Bonham. At least, I respect him that much.

Perhaps but he doesn't have T-ships with and other fanzine stuff the Jimmy Page & Robert Plant has.
I wish Robert Plant decides to go ahead and tour. Otherwise, it would be awesome to have David Coverdale join in.
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RE: Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Thu Oct 02, 2008 1:46 am



Quoting WunalaYann (Reply 18):
knew how to play together.

And if you watch the videos(I first noticed it when I watched "The Song Remains the Same" in the early eighties) JPJ and JB are always talking/joking together while RP and JP are out front putting on a show for the crowd. On stage they paired up great, but off stage all of them combined to write some fantasic stuff. Still think the best song is Kashmir, so much in that song.

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RE: Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Thu Oct 02, 2008 1:59 am



Quoting Sprout5199 (Reply 25):
And if you watch the videos(I first noticed it when I watched "The Song Remains the Same" in the early eighties) JPJ and JB are always talking/joking together while RP and JP are out front putting on a show for the crowd.

Nothing beats a tight, competent rhythm section.  Smile

Check that, a tight, competent rhythm section playing with amazingly talented guitarists, singers and keyboardists actually beats my first proposition. Which, unsurprisingly, gives us Led Zeppelin!!

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RE: Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Thu Oct 02, 2008 2:47 am



Quoting Aerobalance (Reply 15):
David Coverdale lol


Piss off Plant forever!

 Smile Yeah - Plant used to call him "David Coverversion"

Quoting Sprout5199 (Reply 25):
Still think the best song is Kashmir, so much in that song.

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RE: Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Thu Oct 02, 2008 2:51 am

Why are you guys still talking about this. You can't substitute anything or anyone for Robert Plant and call it Led Zeppelin. End of thread.

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RE: Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Thu Oct 02, 2008 3:08 am



Quoting ER757 (Reply 27):
Yeah - Plant used to call him "David Coverversion"

Which is all the more reason to have David Coverdale join if Robert Plant flakes out.

Quoting StuckInCA (Reply 28):
You can't substitute anything or anyone for Robert Plant and call it Led Zeppelin.

..or David Coverdale.
Am I the only that would like to see David Coverdale perform with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham?

Remember that Jimmy Page and David Coverdale made an album together.

Quoting YVRLTN (Thread starter):
They also played a version of Black Dog with Ann Wilson of Heart singing the vocals.

Worth noting, Heart's drummer (1983 - ) Denny Carmassi was the drummer on the Coverdale/Page album released in 1993.




WATCH David Coverdale & Jimmy Page perform Black Dog.  Cool
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RE: Who Should Be New Led Zep Lead Singer?

Thu Oct 02, 2008 7:07 am



Quoting YVRLTN (Thread starter):
Led Zeppelin are re-uniting with John Bonham's son on the drums but Robert Plant is refusing to join the party for at least two years. They are looking for a lead singer.

Well the good news is Plant realised that the band were serious about doing this without him and he's now signed up.

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