The Pulse of Radio reports: Could a tour featuring the non-singing members of LED ZEPPELIN possibly lead to a reunion of . . . CREED? According to Billboard.com, that scenario might just happen. Three members of LED ZEPPELIN — guitarist Jimmy Page, bass player John Paul Jones and current drummer Jason Bonham — have confirmed that they are contemplating going on the road without singer Robert Plant, and have jammed witih several potential replacements. Sources have indicated that the leading candidate for the job is Myles Kennedy of the band ALTER BRIDGE, which happens to include the three former instrumental members of CREED. If Kennedy should take the job with the ZEPPELIN offshoot, the sources have indicated that there are already "big bucks" on the table for a CREED reunion.
CREED split up in 2004, with singer Scott Stapp pursuing a solo career while guitarist Mark Tremonti, drummer Scott Phillips and bassist Brian Marshall formed ALTER BRIDGE with Kennedy.
Stapp has issued one solo effort, while ALTER BRIDGE has recorded two albums. Neither Stapp nor ALTER BRIDGE have been nearly as successful as CREED, which sold more than 30 million albums in its nine-year run.
Rumors have been circulating for weeks that LED ZEPPELIN, minus Plant, have been rehearsing with other singers for a potential tour. ZEPPELIN reunited last December for a charity concert in London, and speculation about a full tour has been high ever since. But Plant has indicated that he has no desire to do any live work with anyone for at least the next two years.
John Paul Jones confirmed to the BBC that the band has been rehearsing with other vocalists, but he did not mention any names. AEROSMITH guitarist Brad Whitford told a radio show that Steven Tyler had jammed with the group "for fun," while other names in the rumor mill have included Jack White, Sammy Hagar, Dave Grohl and Chris Cornell. White denied that he was approached, while Cornell said he has not been contacted either.
There's no word on whether the new configuration would use the name LED ZEPPELIN.