David Coverdale is speaking out a bit about his onetime collaborator Jimmy Page and the Led Zeppelin founder's lack of original material in recent years.
Coverdale tells Sweden Rock magazine that Page has immersed himself in Led Zeppelin reissues recently "because he can't get the (other) guys to commit to making a new record or touring."
Led Zep was, in fact, rumored to be headed for this year's Desert Trip festival, but that never materialized and the event is not taking place after debuting last year in Indio, Calif.
Coverdale -- who worked with the guitarist in the short-lived Coverdale Page with the guitarist from 1991-93 -- says he'd like to see Page work with a variety of collaborators, as Carlos Santana did with the Grammy Award-winning Supernatural and its two follow-ups.
"Jimmy’s got all these great songs," Coverdale says. "I said, 'I’m there for you. I'll do a couple of songs for you, without a doubt...Do something like 'Supernatural. At least you're playing.' It breaks my heart, 'cause he's such a fucking valuable musician. With what he's already given us he doesn't really owe us anything, but I just know that he's still valid and relevant and can still play amazing guitar and write amazing songs. Where do you go after fucking Led Zeppelin, dude? Where do you go?"
Page, meanwhile, has told us that he is working on new material though has not determined how or when to release it:
"I've already got new music. I've had new music together for quite awhile; I just haven't committed to any sort of recordings because I didn't want to date it. But I'll date it and I'll put a brand on it at the time that I do it. Then, as I say, I'll make a point of playing that live, and that's about as far as the story goes with that."
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.