LED ZEPPELIN‘s Jimmy Page has laughed off THE ROLLING STONES legend Keith Richards‘s recent comments about ZEPPELIN‘s music, putting it down to the fact that Richards was promoting a new solo album.
In a recent interview with RollingStone.com, Richards stated about ZEPPELIN: “I love Jimmy Page, but as a band, no, with John Bonham thundering down the highway in an uncontrolled 18-wheeler. He had cornered the market there. Jimmy is a brilliant player. But I always felt there was something a little hollow about it, you know?”
In an interview with Classic Rock magazine, Page was asked for his reaction to Keith‘s comments. He said: “Keith can say what he wants. He’s Keith Richards. I think he’s done some amazing work. I respect his playing. And he has a solo album out. But if I was promoting a new album, would I be more caustic? The answer is… no. I’m not sure what he means by calling LED ZEPPELIN hollow. I think he’s got his tongue in his cheek. What we did was really cool.”
Richards‘s new solo album, titled “Crosseyed Heart”, was released on September 18 via Virgin EMI/Universal Music. It is his first solo work in 23 years.
Keith wrote or co-wrote the majority of the tracks on “Crosseyed Heart”, many with co-producer Steve Jordan.
Richards, who plays electric and acoustic guitars, bass, piano and vocals on the album, is joined by guitarist Waddy Wachtel, keyboardist Ivan Neville and background singer Sarah Dash, part of the X-PENSIVE WINOS, who accompanied Richards on his previous solo records.