Donald Fagen joins with Plant, Page, Jones and Jason Bonham for supergroup Steely Zep
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Donald Fagen, seeking a way to spark his creative muse after the death of longtime songwriting partner Walter Becker, has turned to an unexpected source.
Fagen has tapped the surviving members of Led Zeppelin to create a new supergroup, tentatively to be called Steely Zep.
"I thought it'd be a gas combining my jazzy pop thing with Plant's freaky blues-rock stomp," Fagen told the Associated Press. "I'm always up for a challenge."
Fagen, singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer Jason Bonham (son of the late John Bonham) reportedly will hole up in a studio in Malibu for much of the holiday season, with plans to begin recording in January. With any luck, they'll release a recording in the spring, and embark on a limited US concert trek next summer.
Fagen and Plant met each other 30 years ago in London, but rekindled their friendship last year, when the two hobnobbed backstage at Plant's concert with Alison Krauss in Los Angeles.
Plant said the new creative partnership offers the opportunity to combine his rootsy, hard-edged approach to rock 'n' roll with Fagen's brainy songcraft for something altogether unique.
"We've always been fans," Page said. "Yacht rock forever!"