Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy said in a new interview with Eddie Trunk that he hopes his 2008 audition with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Jason Bonham wasn’t recorded because he was ill when he played with them.
Kennedy told Trunk during a recent interview, which can be heard in the December 14 episode of Trunk’s podcast. “I had some bronchitis or something and I remember it took a few days for my voice to come back. So, I hope there is nothing that exists,” Kennedy said when asked about whether the audition was recorded.
He went on to say that he had “heard different accounts” of whether his audition was recorded. Kennedy said it didn’t take place in a recording studio, and he wasn’t aware of it being filmed.
Kennedy previously spoke about his Led Zeppelin audition in an interview with Trunk in May. Kennedy said he performed “No Quarter” and “Kashmir” with Page, Jones, and Bonham, as well as two unreleased songs.
“This was the thing that first day that tripped me out more than anything,” Kennedy said back in May. “They were like ‘we have a little time to kill before you go back and you have to get on the train. We’ve got some things we’ve been working on, do you want to just kind of sing over the top of it?’ Yes, and that was what was crazy was hearing something that no-one had heard and getting to sing over the top of it. So I just kind of scatted and made something up and it was crazy. It was just crazy.”
Kennedy went on to say that one of the songs he played with the band was “Embryo Number One,” which Page played in “It Might Get Loud.”
Here’s the full transcript of the relevant section from the December 14 podcast:
Eddie Trunk: I’ve talked to you about this many times before and I don’t know if I’ve ever asked you this part of it. For those that don’t know, and this is something that like a handful of people can say, Myles Kennedy jammed with Led Zeppelin. Myles Kennedy sang as a potential guy to join Led Zeppelin.
Myles Kennedy: Not Led Zeppelin but a project with its members.
ET: Well, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Jason Bonham, potentially Myles Kennedy, whatever. Do you know, did they run a recording of it?
MK: I heard different accounts of that, but it was not like a legit recording studio.
ET: Wasn’t videoed, right? It wasn’t shot?
MK: No, uh-uh, no.
ET: But you don’t know, see, because you talk about things going through your head, right?
ET: Not being able to turn things off. Like, if I was you, and I was in with essentially Led Zeppelin and singing with them, the rest of my life in my head I’d be like ‘I gotta have a tape of that! There’s gotta be … they’ve gotta have some sort of proof! Somebody recorded it. Who can I call? How can I get it?’
MK: You know, for me though, I actually hope that didn’t happen because I was actually pretty sick. I’d come off a tour in Australia and I remember I got there and was really … I had some bronchitis or something and I remember it took a few days for my voice to come back. So, I hope there is nothing that exists!
ET: I don’t give a shit, I would just be ‘see, it really happened! Listen, that’s me, that’s me with Jimmy Page!’ Like, what do you do?