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Why The Yes And Led Zeppelin Supergroup Did Not Happen

The shortlived Yes and Led Zeppelin supergroup XYZ never got off the group because it was the wrong timing for Robert Plant.

XYZ stood for eX-Yes and Zeppelin. The band featured Yes' Chris Squire on bass and Alan White on drums as well as Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page on guitar. The three recorded the demo tracks for a possible album in the early 80s. All they needed next was to lay down the vocals from Robert Plant.

"Robert Plant was going to come in and join with us and do the singing at some point but it was really a bit too soon after John Bonham departed this world for Robert to get back into it. That is why it didn’t come together," Chris Squire told Noise11.com.

Over the years some of the demo tracks have been leaked and some have made their way online. "You can find them on YouTube," Chris says. "They were only demos. Nothing was ever finished but somehow they got snuck out of the studio by some engineer or somebody at some point. They are not finished demos if you track them down. They are quite exciting. It is worth having a look for them if you are interested."







From: Noise11
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December xx, 1978 - The new album is completed quickly at Polar Studios and mixed at Jimmy’s Plumpton Studio
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December 04, 1980 - Led Zeppelin issue the following statement not to carry on as a band: "We wish it to be known, that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the deep sense of harmony felt by ourselves and our manager have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were."
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