Music: Stairway To Middle Age

Two Led Zeppelin veterans stage a mature reunion

Guitarist Jimmy Page, 54, and vocalist Robert Plant, 49, both former members of the '70s megagroup Led Zeppelin, seem to amuse each other constantly. It's nothing verbal, nothing too overt--nonetheless, when you meet them, there always seems to be a smile playing about their lips as if they were both in on a secret joke. The pair's new CD, Walking into Clarksdale--their first full album of newly written collaborative material since Led Zeppelin first broke up in 1980--has a similar vibe. When you hear Plant's aching vocals paired once again with Page's tough, tight guitar work, you can sense an understanding,...

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