It seems like forever ago when Led Zeppelin reunited for the 2007 tribute concert for Ahmet Ertegun at London’s O2 arena. However, according to Jimmy Page the reunion process and the practice that led up to it seems like a breeze compared to the struggle that was replacing Robert Plant after that amazing 2007 concert.

“A total nightmare.”

That’s how Jimmy Page describes the attempt to find a new singer for Led Zeppelin following Robert Plant’s decision not to continue with the group after its reunion for the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert at London’s O2 Arena in 2007.

“On the run-up to the O2 concert, the only music that we played was music of Led Zeppelin, the past catalog,” he says in the new video, presented by MetalXS and shown below. “But we’d played really, really well… So it made sense to see what we could do using that same sort of energy with new material, because we hadn’t played any new material at all.

We can’t imagine ever having to go through such a process as finding a replacement for one of rock n’ roll’s most legendary voices. Clearly, Jimmy wasn’t too keen on it, as well. Check out the rest of the article as well as a short video clip with Page at Guitar Player.