… but he's sticking with Alter Bridge.
, vocalist/guitarist for Alter Bridge (the band that also features guitarist
), has confirmed the rumours were true; that he has indeed rehearsed with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones - and has described the experience of jamming with his heroes as "surreal."
Speaking to US radio show host Eric Blair at last week's NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show in Anaheim, California, Kennedy said,
"I am not singing in Led Zeppelin or any offshoot of Led Zeppelin, but I did have a great opportunity and it was something that I'm very grateful for. But Alter Bridge will go on, and that's that."
When asked what it was like jamming with the members of his favourite band, Kennedy replied,
"Surreal. It was great."
But he was tight lipped on the subject of what songs he played with guitarist Page, bassist John Paul Jones, and drummer Jason Bonham:
"I'll tell that story some day. But for now, it was a good experience, and I'm still pinching myself, let's put it that way."
So good news for Alter Bridge fans then - the band are now starting work on writing the follow-up to 2007's excellent Blackbird album.
We think that if the Zeppelin were going to form another band with anybody but Plant, Kennedy was definitely the candidate - as anyone who has heard him live will know, he's simply in a league of his own as a hard rock vocalist right now. But it's good to see a new Alter Bridge album is going to be sooner rather than later.