Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Led Zeppelin won't exist without Plant, insists Harvey Goldsmith

Promoter Harvey Goldsmith said if Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones go on tour with Jason Bonham and some singer other than Robert Plant, they would likely not call it Led Zeppelin.

The founder of Harvey Goldsmith Presents, who promoted Led Zeppelin concerts in the 1970s and last year's one-off reunion, spoke this morning as a panelist in the keynote session at Musexpo Europe 2008, held at the Cumberland Hotel in London. He was quoted in a BBC News report by Ian Youngs.

Goldsmith's remarks, some given privately to BBC News and others delivered as part of the keynote, are carried in the article:
"I certainly don't think they should do a big tour because I can't see the point of it. ... I doubt it will be called Led Zeppelin. ... I just think it's a lot of talk, I think it's wishful thinking. Whether they all come together and do something in the future, they may. I think some of the band really want to go out and do it and other parts of the band need to understand why they're doing it, and if there's no compelling reason to do it, then they shouldn't do it. I think that there is an opportunity for them to go out and present themselves. I don't think a long rambling tour is the answer as Led Zeppelin. ... It's a question of whether they want to do it, and you've got to want to do it. Otherwise it's done for the wrong reasons, and when things are done for the wrong reasons, they don't work."
Current media speculation is that Led Zeppelin will reunite without Robert Plant. Media insist John Paul Jones said this will happen.

However, remarks Jones made over the weekend never included an assertion that his project with Page, Bonham and any yet-to-be-identified singer (or singers) would be called Led Zeppelin.

Jones has said, notably, that he doesn't want his new project to become a Led Zeppelin tribute act. In an interview broadcast by BBC Radio Devon on Oct. 27, Jones said:
"It's gotta be right, you know. Just trying to recreate -- or just find another Robert, I mean, you could just pick somebody out of a tribute band. I mean, what's the point of that, you know? We don't want to be our own tribute band."


  1. Looks like www.LedZeppelinNews.com readers here agree that they shouldn't call their new band Led Zeppelin.

    And so does Washington Post music critic J. Freedom du Lac. In an online chat this afternoon seen at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2008/10/24/DI2008102402787.html Freedom says, "Maybe, just maybe, it's about wanting to revisit those songs, but if that's the case, don't call it Led Zeppelin. Certainly, it's not like Jimmy Page loves John Paul Jones so much that this is all about their relationship. After all, when Page-Plant got together for that album and tour in the 90s, they seem to have forgotten that JPJ was even alive."

    And later in the chat, a reader suggested Led Zeppelin could get corporate sponsorship to have a contest to replace Robert Plant or have a reality show like the one INXS did to replace its lead singer. Freedom replied, "They could call it the Where My Dignity At? tour."

  2. First of all, Page never forgot JPJ, Plant insisted they go w/o him to avoid being called Zeppelin.They asked him to join in 98 and he said no because of the original snub and his solo album, you should know that "Mr Lemon" second of all who gives a crap what Harvey says?He's just another leach sucking off Zeppelin. The fans want Zeppelin, and Plant is ruining it for everyone. NOTHING, could ruin the Zep legacy and as was PROVEN at the 02, they still sound Phenomenal! the 3 Who members were awesome w/ Zak and Zep is awesome W/ jason, who DID play in Zep rehearsals in the 70's!!!

  3. How exactly is Harvey Goldsmith leaching off of Led Zeppelin? He was very supportive of their concert last year, and one possible side effect of his opinion on Led Zeppelin NOT reuniting for a tour is that there would be no touring Led Zeppelin off of which he or anybody could leach! Am I wrong?

    As for whether Harvey Goldsmith's opinion does or does not matter, why on earth would it matter less than someone who posts on my site anonymously? Answer me that, Anonymous!

  4. I am not posting my opinion for it to matter, I post it because its my opinion! and would it really make any difference If I put Joe Blow from Idaho? I doubt it. Anyone in the business side of music is a leach period, especially today. Frankly, I find you to be the most Anti Zeppelin guy of all the Zeppelin sites. thats why I come here last.

  5. Anti-Zeppelin married my uncle Bob in december 1952.

    They had a wonderful marriage and prodcuced two kids and lived happily ever after in the midlands.

    Joe Blow from Idaho
    (aka Nuvo911)

  6. I can't deny that I kind of hope that Plant stays out of it and they don't tour as Zeppelin anymore. That way I was at their last show. I have my ticket on the wall in a frame next to my original Live Aid ticket. If anyone else is looking for a ticket stub, I found this one on eBay this afternoon: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110308035721&_trksid=p3907.m32&_trkparms=tab%3DSelling Anyway, if they do tour, I pray to Thor that it's not with either a) Sammy Hagar b) Eric Coverdale or c) Ian Astbury.

  7. Jack Bruce seems to place himself in the anti-Zeppelin category: http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/page/classicrock?entry=led_zeppelin_you_re_crap

    I can't believe the venom! But apparently he's kidding: http://gdrg.net/wcsx/2008_11jackbruce.mp3

    Eric Coverdale? Is that David's evil twin?

    Here's the point of view of somebody who, after bringing an open mind to an Alter Bridge concert last night, says he doesn't want Myles Kennedy anywhere near Led Zeppelin: http://thefourohfive.com/2008/11/05/alter-bridge-sheffield-academy/


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