John Paul Jones confirms the band will hit the road with a new singer

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Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones has confirmed to BBC Radio Devon that the band will record and tour, without original singer Robert Plant.

John Paul Jones, speaking whilst at a guitar show in Exeter has confirmed that Jimmy Page, John Bonham’s son Jason and himself had been trying out new singers since Plant has ruled himself out of performing with the band.

He said: “We are trying out a couple of singers. We want to do it. It’s sounding great and we want to get on and get out there.”

The bassist also added that they were not looking to simply replace Plant, explaining: “It’s got to be right. There’s no point in just finding another Robert. You could get that out of a tribute band, but we don’t want to be our own tribute band. There would be a record and a tour, but everyone has to be on board.”

Recent speculation has suggested that American singer Myles Kennedy could be the new singer, though John Paul Jones did not confirm this.

The last time Plant, Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham played was the one-off reunion show in December 2007, as a tribute to Ahmet Ertegun.

JPJ told the BBC that the show was “very hard work” but “wonderful” and that “The most pleasure is making music. I love listening to it, but nothing as much fun as having an instrument in my hand and communicating with people.”

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