Robert Plant said in a new interview with WFPK that recording new music with Led Zeppelin and reuniting the band would be a “disservice.”
Plant was asked by host Kyle Meredith whether he would record with Jimmy Page again to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Led Zeppelin.
“I believe there’s a great sound in Mammoth Caves, just down the road from you,” Plant replied, referencing a national park near the Louisville radio station. “It’s the deepest underground access for the human spirit in the United States. I spent a lot of time down there. I don’t know whether we could get a good acoustic sound down there.”
“No, I don’t know,” Plant continued. “I have no idea. I don’t, I don’t, it’s not even within my countenance to imagine it really.”
Meredith noted that many people hold Led Zeppelin close to their heart. “Yeah, me too,” Plant said. “Nobody more than me. But I don’t want to do it a disservice, either.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Plant said he wanted to avoid being a “one-trick pony.”
“The guys I play with are superlative,” Plant said of his current band, The Sensational Space Shifters. “They’re the greatest guys on the planet and they’re very, very good fun. Very silly. It’s kind of like a school trip when we go on tour. It couldn’t be moe charming and humorous.”
“So to be able to write with these guys and to come out with the songs, we feel very accomplished. I don’t see it breaking doors down, but it’s … at this particular time in my existence, but for me it is breaking doors down because it’s telling me that I can actually be moved through time and still not repeat myself and not end up like some kind of a one-trick pony, you know?”
And Plant also seemed to suggest that Greta Van Fleet singer Josh Kiszka could take his place in Led Zeppelin. “He’s pretty good. He should … there’s a job somewhere for him,” Plant said.
Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Jason Bonham sought to start a new band in 2008 following the 2007 O2 reunion show and Plant’s subsequent refusal to play more shows. One singer they auditioned at the time was Myles Kennedy, who described playing two unreleased songs in his audition in a May interview.
You can listen to the full interview here: