Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones has his sights on a new opera -- not a reunion with his former bandmates, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. The Zeppelin fan-base has been drooling over Robert Plant's recent comments to Australia's 60 Minutes, which insinuated that it wasn't him who's holding the band back from reuniting and that his 2014 schedule is clear. Jones revealed to Red Carpet TV News that his upcoming original opera is based on August Strindberg's The Ghost Sonata, and admitting, "It's unlike anything else. It's the emotion, the passion."
Jones, who is halfway through the opera's first act, revealed that he has no time for any serious live work, saying, that he only has time "to do little gigs that I don't have to prepare too much for." Regarding the prospects of Zeppelin reuniting in 2014, Jones said, flat out: "2014's full of opera for me at the moment."
John Paul Jones told us that writing on his own is entirely different than collaborating as part of a band: "It's just a different process. You really can fine-tune an idea that you have, and take care of every aspect, exactly the way you want it. The downside is, of course, that you don't get the input that will change it into something else entirely. You don't know how it's gonna end up. If you do a song yourself, you've got a pretty good idea of how it's gonna end up."
Robert Plant meanwhile, credits his creative resurgence to the people and musicians in the Nashville scene, telling L.A. Weekly, "I have had an amazing education the last few years. The time I spent around all of those men and women was an eye-opening experience. The thing about working with musicians in Nashville is that they generally are always moving on to the next thing.. . . For the last year or so I've been writing quite a lot, and I like the way my voice sounds now. It's not the same as it was years ago. I'm not a castrato anymore but I've learned to get down into that pocket and have it sound good. So here I go again."
Robert Plant presents Sensational Space Shifters North American tour dates (subject to change):
June 20 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom
June 21 - Houston, TX - Bayou Music Center
June 23 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
June 26 - Los Angeles, CA - Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center
June 28 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
June 29 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre
July 2 - Jacksonville, OR - Britt Pavillion
July 4 - Quincy, CA - High Sierra Festival
July 6 - Quincy, WA - Gorge Amphitheatre
July 7 - Portland, OR - Tom McCall Waterfront Park
July 10 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 12 - Chicago, IL - Taste Of Chicago at Grant Park
July 13 - Memphis, TN - Memphis Botanic Garden
July 14 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival at Louisville Waterfront Park
July 17 - New Orleans, LA - Mahalia Jackson Theater For The Performing Arts
July 19 - Atlanta, GA - Verizon Amphitheatre At Encore Park
July 20 - Cary, NC - Koka Booth Amphitheatre
July 22 - Vienna, VA - Filene Center at Wolftrap
July 24 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
July 25 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion
July 27 - Brooklyn, NY - Prospect Park Bandshell
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