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One day after a report on the BBC reignited the "Led Zeppelin to reunite without Robert Plant" buzz, Jimmy Page's manager fumed that the guitarist, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham had "no chance" of reconvening whatsoever. "Led Zeppelin are over!" Peter Mensch told MusicRadar. "If you didn't see them in 2007 (when they played a one-off reunion at London 's O2 Arena), you missed them. It's done. I can't be any clearer than that."
The diatribe by Mensch follows months of speculation after Plant categorically denied he would even consider reuniting with his old mates, and about a dozen names were mentioned to be auditioning to take his place behind the mic for the 70s hard rock behemoths, among them Chris Cornell and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler.
"They tried out a few singers, but no one worked out," Mensch said. "That was it. The whole thing is completely over now. There are absolutely no plans for them to continue. Zero. Frankly, I wish everybody would stop talking about it."
The BBC story, which ran the day before, had Mensch defending criticisms Page was facing for even considering carrying on with Jones and Bonham, along with an unnamed singer, saying, "That's what Jimmy does. That's his job, his hobby."
"People don't really understand it, Jimmy Page has been playing guitar professionally since he was 16 years old. Jimmy Page likes being a musician. He doesn't want to be a race car driver or a solicitor."
The report's most aggrandizing point was saying that it still hadn't been decided if the group would consider using the name Led Zeppelin, which is what has drawn the most negative rants from observers. However, it was revealed that for some reason the article that the BBC decided to run contained information from an interview that Mensch claims was at least four months old.
No matter what, if Mensch is correct, the news is disappointing. The rock world had been amped by the confirmation that Page and Jones were jamming together with late Zep drummer John Bonham's son, and there was the feeling that whether Plant was involved or not, it was still going to be something magical.
The parties involved must sense this as well, and it wouldn't be a complete shock if there was an announcement over the next couple months that this latest story making the rounds was to deflect some of the attention and reduce a bit of the pressure, because if not, Page might want to rethink his aversion to becoming a race car driver.
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