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Manager's take on Led Zep rumours

By Georgie Rogers and Matt Everitt
6 Music News reporters

Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Jimmy Page
Led Zeppelin reformed for a one off show at the 02 Arena in 2007

Legendary rock manager Peter Mensch, who looks after Jimmy Page, has spoken about the much rumoured Led Zeppelin tour without Robert Plant.

He said it was logical for Page to carry on: "That's what Jimmy does. That's his job, his hobby."

According to Mensch, the rest of the group are still on the lookout for another singer that would fit the bill.

Despite rumours of Aerosmith's Steve Tyler filling in, he claimed they are yet to find Plant's replacement.

"People don't really understand it," Mensch explained to BBC 6 Music. "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.

"So they [Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Jason Bonham] did the show with Robert Plant; they had a really good time rehearsing, the three of them, before Robert showed up.

They decided that if they could find a singer that they thought would fit their bill... that they'd make a record and go on tour
Jimmy Page's manager, Peter Mensch

"And they decided that if they could find a singer that they thought would fit their bill, whatever their bill was at this stage in their career, that they'd make a record and go on tour."

However, Mensch would not confirm any names - despite a list of rumoured vocalists that also includes Chris Cornell from Soundgarden and Myles Kennedy from relative unknowns Alter Bridge.

"I can't comment on any rumours right now," he said, "It's gonna be a long and difficult process. And we're not soliciting people. So don't call me about it!"

Similarly, it is not known whether the new outfit would be touring under the banner Led Zeppelin or a new name.

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