Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, currently on a brief North American tour with his backing band the Strange Sensations, plans to record a studio album with the group later this year. Plant t

Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, currently on a brief North American tour with his backing band the Strange Sensations, plans to record a studio album with the group later this year. Plant tells Billboard.com that the set is likely to see the light of day on Atlantic in February.

"Obviously, these are different days. This is not 'Physical Graffiti' that's coming up," he says of the forthcoming album. "But that's OK. I understand exactly where things are, and I don't have any illusions or delusions. But what I want to do is make this thing really strong, and in doing so, be realistic about what we're doing here."

In the meantime, Plant can be heard guesting on the track "Life Begin Again" from Afro-Celt Sound System's upcoming Real World set "Volume 3: Further In Time" (due June 19). Although Plant's band was scheduled to be on the bill alongside Afro-Celt at the WOMAD festival July 27-29 in Redmond, Wash., international touring commitments have scotched that appearance. "Maybe we can do it next year," Plant says.

Plant's North American tour continues Friday (June 1) in New York and wraps June 6 in Chicago. Amid summer dates with the Strange Sensations, he will join former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page for a performance as part of a Sun Records tribute July 7 at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland.

Look for the pair's cover of Sonny Burgess' "My Bucket's Got a Hole In It" on Sire/London's upcoming Sun Records tribute album in August. Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, the Who, Van Morrison, Elton John, and Jeff Beck with the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde are among the other top stars contributing covers to the set.