Led Zeppelin dismiss reunion rumours

Led Zeppelin did nothing to dispel their image as grumpy old men who take themselves far too seriously at a press conference to launch a new live DVD. Upset by suggestions that fans would far rather see a new tour than old footage, the band members took umbrage.

"We're pretty good at what we do but the tail should never wag the dog, really," singer Robert Plant said at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. "If we're capable of doing something, in our own time, that will be what will happen. So any inane questions from people who are from syndicated outlets, you should just really think about what it takes to answer a question like that in one second. We know what we've got, you know."

In some respects the band only have themselves to blame. The lead-up to the launch of the DVD was marked by a mysterious campaign of teasers on the website which suggested that they were about to announce some momentous news. When it turned out to be just another back catalogue DVD release it was something of an anticlimax.

Plant chose to go on the attack. "There are some people in here who are not journalists," he said, bafflingly. "There's a masseuse in here who's not a journalist. I think that's ever so exciting."

Zeppelin ended up looking like out-of-touch dinosaurs in a venue devoted to modern art. Perhaps they are wise to rest on their laurels and not contemplate another reunion.

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