In June 1969, Should Led Zeppelin Have Asked Brian Jones to Join The Group?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by S. P. Honeybunch, Nov 20, 2022.

  1. S. P. Honeybunch

    S. P. Honeybunch Presidente de Kokomo, Endless Mikelovemoney Thread Starter

    The Rolling Stones dismissed Jones in June 1969. It wasn't long before misadventure befell Jones, as he drowned on July 3rd of that year. If Led Zeppelin was aware of Brian Jones' availability, should they have asked him to join the group on tour or for the American studio sessions for Led Zeppelin II?

    This would have given Brian a new start in a new band that he didn't start. Jimmy Page would have been a stern taskmaster for Jones flighty tendencies and would help to give Jones a new direction. Jones could add second electric guitar or a wide range of instruments on gentler numbers.
  2. The Hud

    The Hud Go Chiefs!

    I am going to say no.

    Zeppelin were magical as they were, no need for any changes.
  3. Kassonica

    Kassonica Forum Resident

  4. DougB217

    DougB217 Forum Resident

    Urbana IL
    No. He wasn't part of the vision.
  5. davers

    davers Forum Resident

    Seems like a very random pairing.
  6. drift

    drift Forum Resident

    Peoria, IL
    Led Zeppelin had enough problems, I think adding a Brian Jones would have ended the band much sooner.
  7. tug_of_war

    tug_of_war Sassafras & Moonshine

    I for one think it could have been nice. But what do I know? I not a huge Led fan anyway.
  8. Diamond Star Halo

    Diamond Star Halo Forum Resident

    I always thought Brian Jones should have joined the Beach Boys in 1969 as a sixth vocalist.
  9. The Elephant Man

    The Elephant Man Forum Resident

  10. Mickey2

    Mickey2 Forum Resident

    Bronx, NY, USA
    Is this a joke? If not, you may be overestimating the musical reputation of Brian Jones amongst his peers. I don’t hear a lot of praise for him other than fans like those on this forum.
  11. Mickey2

    Mickey2 Forum Resident

    Bronx, NY, USA
  12. S. P. Honeybunch

    S. P. Honeybunch Presidente de Kokomo, Endless Mikelovemoney Thread Starter

    Keith Richards loved the peaks of their years playing together (ancient art of guitar weaving). Critics and fans also universally recognize his talents on other instruments (sitar, marimba, stringed and woodwind instruments, percussion, etc).
  13. pscreed

    pscreed Upstanding Member

    Land of the Free
    Hard to imagine.
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  14. danasgoodstuff

    danasgoodstuff Forum Resident

    Portland, OR

    There was a connection with Page, but no. Jones would have added interest but chaos as well.
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  15. boboquisp

    boboquisp Evil Prism Eye

    NE Ohio
    Crosby Stills Nash & Jones.
  16. danasgoodstuff

    danasgoodstuff Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    Seriously, Jones could have fit and added something interesting to the acoustic numbers, but I don't think his sense of groove would have meshed well with Bonham and John Paul Jones.
  17. cwitt1980

    cwitt1980 Senior Member

    Carbondale, IL USA
    I think him and John Paul Jones could have made some great music. Imagine all the cool instrumentation and arrangements. Those two could have teamed up with Paul Jones and been called the Brian John Paul Paul Jones Band.
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  18. Mickey2

    Mickey2 Forum Resident

    Bronx, NY, USA
    I don’t want to offend those who admire him, but calling him a multi-instrumentalist is a bit of a stretch IMO. More like he “dabbled” in other instruments than being actually proficient with them. Yes, critics and fans are impressed, Keith liked having someone who didn’t show him up (unlike Mick Taylor), but peers? I haven’t seen any real praise outside mild complements from his Stones band members. I recall John Lennon simply saying he was a nice guy but not brilliant or anything.
  19. craymcla

    craymcla Forum Resident

    Nashville, TN, USA
    God, no! First of all he was an unreliable wreck at that point. But second, how would Brian fit into the direction that Zeppelin was headed?
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  20. Jonny W

    Jonny W Forum Resident

    Orangeburg NY
    Yes, Brian was in a fragile state at that time.
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  21. parkmebike

    parkmebike I'm in love with a girl...

    Nope. He should've joined Iggy & the Stooges.
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  22. beccabear67

    beccabear67 Musical omnivore

    Victoria, Canada
    I think a lot of Brian, but I'll put it this way... not if they wanted to tour outside the UK!

    There are other reasons though, but that's a huge one.
  23. CantonJester

    CantonJester Lost faces say we adore you…

    It'd have been a Brian Jones(town Massacre).

  24. nosticker

    nosticker Forum Guy

    Ringwood, NJ
    John Paul Jones was the true multi-instrumentalist in that band.

  25. finslaw

    finslaw muzak to my ears

    If anything Brian Jones could have joined The Pretty Things in 1969 instead of Victor Unitt after Dick Taylor left. After all, Brian lived with the band for a longtime and once smashed a ukelele over Vivian Prince's head at their flat. He could have added a lot to a band I consider more adventurous at this time than the Stones, but Unitt's work on Parachute is epic so I wouldn't make that switch.
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