It has finally been confirmed that Led Zeppelin WILL tour and record a new album without lead singer Robert Plant.

Jimmy Page's manager Peter Mensch has said that the band will carry on, providing they can find someone to fill Plant's shoes.

The singer said last year that he had no plans to rejoin his former band for a tour, as he was currently busy with solo projects - but Mensch told BBC 6 Music that his client was happy to continue without Plant.

"Jimmy Page has been playing guitar professionally since he was 16 years old," he said. "Jimmy Page likes being a musician. That's what he does! He doesn't want to be a race car driver or a solicitor. So they did the [one-off reunion show in London] with Robert Plant - they had a really good time rehearsing, the three of them, before Robert showed up. And they decided that if they could find a singer that they thought would fit their bill - whatever their bill was at this stage in their career - that they'd make a record and go on tour."

However, he refused to be drawn on who may be in line to replace Plant, only to say that it would be a "long and difficult process."