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In a new interview, Robert Plant has spurned longstanding, legacy rock bands.

Discussing his upcoming, highly anticipated reunion with Alison Krauss, the former Led Zeppelin frontman said, “The good thing about Alison and I is that we’re a couple of kindred spirits. Most musicians form a band, then they stay in the band until it’s over — 20 years, 30 years, 50 years, whatever it is — and it starts to look sadly decrepit. It’s like people hanging onto a life raft, or staying in a comfortable place.”

Of course, Plant – and Led Zeppelin proper – have not performed live since 2007. Before that they took the stage sparingly, in 1985, 1988 and 1995.

In related news, Plant revealed this past May that upon his death he will share a slew of unreleased material from the band’s heyday.