Led Zeppelin fans know by now that chances of the surviving band members playing together again have seemed pretty slim lately, so they likely won't be surprised by Robert Plant's latest comments about the matter. In a new interview with U.K. magazine Uncut, the singer addressed remarks guitarist Jimmy Page made to The New York Times in May expressing frustration that Plant didn't want to take part in a new Zeppelin reunion.
"I feel for the guy," the famed frontman declared. "He knows he's got the headlines if he wants them. But I don't know what he's trying to do. So I feel slightly disappointed and baffled."
Plant also revealed that he actually reached out to Page "a couple of years ago" and offered to collaborate with him, but was rebuffed.
"I said [to Jimmy], 'If you've got anything acoustic, let me know. I'll give it a whirl," he recalled. "It was hands across the water. But he walked away. Just walked away."
As for a new full-fledged Led Zeppelin project, however, Plant said, "[W]e couldn't do anything proper. The weight of expectation is too great."
In the New York Times article, Page referred to a 2013 comment Plant made that appeared to suggest he was open to another Led Zeppelin reunion. "I was told last year that Robert Plant said he is doing nothing in 2014, and what do the other two guys think? Well, he knows what the other guys think. Everyone would love to play more concerts for the band," said Jimmy, adding, "He's just playing games, and I'm fed up with it."
Plant initially responded to Page's comments during a media event prior to a performance with his current band, The Sensational Space Shifters, at Morocco's Mawazine Festival. "I think he needs to go to sleep and have a good rest, and think again," said Robert. "We have a great history together and like all brothers we have these moments where we don't speak on the same page but that's life."
Plant's new solo album with the Space Shifters, Lullaby and…the Ceaseless Roar, will be released on September 9.
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