Fresh off receiving the Kennedy Center honors this weekend from President Obama, the surviving members of legendary British rock group Led Zeppelin -- Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones -- stopped by the Ed Sullivan Theater for a visit with their fellow honoree, David Letterman.
First, the bad news: The group did not perform, they did not announce a reunion tour, and they did not perform any devious acts involving sharks. Nor did they open up much about their music career, their feelings about other high-profile British acts of their era, or their famously debauched past. If anything, they came off as a little aloof -- or maybe just tired.
But hey, they were there, which for most fans will be excitement enough. Letterman asked the band about the introductory remarks made by comedian Jack Black during the awards ceremony Sunday. "He said your music was about sex, it was about Vikings, it was about Vikings having sex. Is that a good evaluation?"
Jones, clearly the comedian in the group, corrected Letterman. "You missed the bit about the Vikings having sex with the Hobbits." Then, when asked to describe the group's sound in a single sentence, Jones replied not with words but with a very "Immigrant Song"-esque riff and some emphatic air guitar.