Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy recalled his ultimate dream come true when he sat in with Led Zeppelin with an eye towards possibly replacing Robert Plant. Guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer Jason Bonham were looking to keep working together after Zeppelin’s one-off December 2007 reunion concert and invited Kennedy to write music and rehearse with them over the course of two sessions.
Kennedy appeared on the Appetite For Distortion podcast, remembering, “Well, we did stand in a room together and played a fair amount of those songs. I never thought of it like I was playing with Led Zeppelin. For me, it was always Jason, and Jimmy, and John Paul Jones. And I don’t think they were really sure if it was going to happen and what they would have even called it. I don’t think they were going to call it Led Zeppelin.”
He went on to say, “It was definitely an incredible experience, especially considering how important that band was for me in my musical evolution. One moment that I think of often was having the opportunity to play arguably my favorite Led Zeppelin song — ‘The Rain Song,’ and that was a really heavy moment. That was the moment where suddenly it dawned on me what was actually happening.”
Kennedy shed light on how emotional it was to sings these songs with the band: “I’d come back, we’d done one jam session in early June of 2008, and then I came back again, and I think it was September after I’ve done a tour with Alter Bridge, we reconvened in London. And during one of those rehearsals we were playing ‘The Rain Song’ and because that song is so beautiful and so haunting, I think we got to the second verse, whichever verse it is where John Paul Jones comes in with the descending mellotron part, and that’s when it hit me. And I literally had to pull away from the mic. My eyes are welling up and goosebumps and that was the moment of realization, ‘You were playing arguably your favorite song of all time with the guys who created it.'”
He remembered thinking, “‘This is insane. No matter what you do from this point forward, it may never feel quite like this.’ And so I hold on to that memory dearly.”
- Although there were rumors of staggering sums being offered to Led Zeppelin for a full tour after their 2007 reunion show at London’s O2 Arena, singer Robert Plant elected to continue with his solo career instead.
- Page and Jones also tried out Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler and Soundgarden‘s Chris Cornell, with Page telling Rolling Stone in 2012, “Various people thought we should go on tour. I thought we needed a good, credible album, not do something that sounded like we were trying to milk the (reunion).”
CHECK IT OUT: Slash, Myles Kennedy, & The Conspirators on July 25th, 2013 performing “Immigrant Song” live in Los Angeles: