New Zeppelin Singer – We Name 10 ‘Candidates’!
In the light of John Paul Jones’ admission that Led Zeppelin did consider replacing Robert Plant with another singer, we thought we’d come up with a few suggestions that might have worked. So, Jimmy and John Paul, if you’re ready…
DANI FILTH – Can you imagine the Cradle Of Filth growler slicing and dicing his way through Stairway To Heaven? What… erm… joy.
MADONNA – Just the thought of hearing Madge opine about someone squeezing her lemon makes us chortle. Bet she’d make it believable, though.
STEVEN TYLER – Well, the Aerosmith frontman did fly into the UK to rehearse with Page, Jones and Jason Bonham – although apparently Tyler was never seriously considered for the role. The intention was to cheese off Percy, ruffle his feathers and galvanise him into returning to the Led Zep fold. A tactic that backfired spectacularly!
TORTELVIS – A logical (not to say irie) Plant replacement, Tortelvis is the longtime Dread Zeppelin frontman. You haven’t lived until you’ve heard DZ’s medley of Hound Dog and Black Dog or Heartbreak Hotel and Heartbreaker. And don’t forget Zep themselves set a red, green’n'gold precedent with D’yer Mak’er.
MICK HUCKNALL – Well, if he’s good enough for The Faces. Oh, hang on…
TARJA TURUNEN – The operatic choice. Kashmir cries out for her golden larynx. Or does it?
KERMIT – Could be the perfect pond-lovin’ choice to sing When The Levee Breaks, bringing a whole new amphibian audience to the Zeppelin camp. Talking of ’camp’…
JULIAN CLARY – Let’s face it, Zeppelin’s songs are full innuendo, and who better to deliver such lyrics with a knowing smirk?
LENNY WOLF – Well, Kingdom Clone always wanted to be Zeppelin. Lenny, now’s your chance!
DAVID COVERDALE – No choice would be more likely to get up Plant’s nose that dear old Cov. Remember how Percy reacted to the Coverdale-Page project? Choosing the Whitesnake man now for Zeppelin would be tantamount to trying to tell Plant that his beloved Wolverhampton Wanderers were actually gonna be relegated.
So, there you have it: 10 prime and primed choices. Each one bringing their own personal touch to the Zeppelin catalogue. What d’ya reckon?!
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