Although this “superrumor” has been declared unfounded, the rock world was buzzing for a bit over the past couple of days over rumors of a new supergroup that would include members of Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith. Throw Eric Clapton into the mix and you’ve got the makings of a white hot rock rumor.
It appears it all started when some comments by recording engineer Kevin Shirley were misinterpreted. Shirley, talking about some of the legendary guitar players he has worked with, mentioned Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Joe Perry, and Brad Whitford. That’s one hell of a lot of axe men in a single band!
I suppose one could understand how a renowned recording engineer mentioning those three names in the same sentence might prompt speculation about a new supergroup. After all, the formation of supergroups seems to be all the rage these days.
In addition to the guitar gods he has worked with, Shirley also made a comment regarding secret projects that are in the works that were referred to as “high profile.” It was this combination that may have set off the spark that erupted into the rumors about the new super-duper supergroup.
The rumor seems to have originated on LedZeppelinNews.com, which has since posted a retraction stating that the error was regrettable. But hell, it’s kind of fun to see how things like this spread like wildfire across the internet.
It appears that even Kevin Shirley, a.k.a. “The Caveman,” was somewhat amused himself, and posted a response on Mog.com which reads, “And Michael Schumacher will drive the bus… Gordon Ramsey will cater and Spielberg will do the video!!! It’s pretty silly to read between the lines, but I guess it adds hits to the page.”
It’s a relief to hear that this rumor is baseless since it would surely be a sign that something big is upon us. Since there was no mention of supergroups in any of Nostradamus’ writings that I am aware of, perhaps fear of the apocalypse would be a bit over-the-top however.