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Jimmy Page’s Response to Roger Daltrey’s Proposal as Robert Plant’s Replacement

Led Zeppelin marked a significant milestone with one of their most colossal performances, making a triumphant return after nearly three decades at the O2 Arena in London in 2007. The scale of the event was so immense that even the 2009 Guinness World Records acknowledged it as having the ‘Highest Demand for Tickets for One Music Concert,’ witnessing a staggering 20 million people vying for the limited 20,000 golden tickets.

Fast forward five years from this monumental show, Jimmy Page took a moment with Lori Spencer. During their conversation, he revisited the performance from half a decade ago, reminiscing about the event. Additionally, he shared his reflections on an intriguing proposition from Roger Daltrey of The Who, who had offered to step in and replace Robert Plant.

Speculations Surrounding the Replacement of Robert Plant

The band graced the stage one last time on December 10th, treating the audience to a performance of 16 songs, including two encores. However, prior to the show, rumors had circulated. Some fans speculated that Led Zeppelin might replace Robert Plant with another singer. Jimmy Page addressed these rumors in a 2012 interview, stating:

“Well, look: If we had eventually chosen a singer, I don’t think it would have been wise to do so prematurely. Naturally, we would have played Led Zeppelin material. But, you know, it’s all hypothetical. However, the goal would be to present some truly exceptional new material that would leave a lasting impression.”

Clarifying the Misconception Surrounding Daltrey’s Involvement

Following the conversation, the host brought up a rumor suggesting that Daltrey might step in to replace Plant. Page expressed his confusion, unaware of these rumors. Daltrey then clarified, expressing his desire to collaborate with Page. It appears there was a discussion, but it was for a different purpose, leading to a misunderstanding. Daltrey explained:

“We did discuss it, but it was for the Teenager Cancer Trust. Yeah. I said, ‘You know, I’d love to do that with you, Roger.’ However, at the time, I was under the impression that I would already be out there playing, you know what I mean? But even though everything I’ve been involved in is musical, it doesn’t necessarily mean it involves playing the guitar, if you catch my drift.” Plant’s conversation about collaborating with other musicians, including Daltrey, continued:

“With all of this, related to the O2 and other projects, there’s some musical endeavors underway, like the remastering of the catalog and such. It’s all highly musical, but it doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll be sitting there playing the guitar. So, I’m looking forward to working with musicians, hopefully well into next year, with the goal of making a reappearance by the end of that year.”

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