John-Paul Jones thought his career was over when Led Zeppelin split up.

The bassist - who now performs in supergroup Them Crooked Vultures alongside Dave Grohl and Josh Homme - admits he was unsure what to do next musically as he was short of offers and didn't want to experience anything that wasn't as good as working with the rock legends.

He said: "I couldn't get arrested in the Eighties at all. After the Beatles broke up, would you have asked Paul McCartney if he'd be in your band? Nobody thought I would do anything, and I didn't really want to join another band after Zeppelin, because I knew nothing would ever be as good as that."

Led Zeppelin reformed for a one-off show at London's O2 Arena in 2007 and John-Paul admits he thought their reunion would be much longer until singer Robert Plant made it clear he didn't want to be involved.

After attempting to make things work with his former band, the musician was disappointed when they decided to axe their plans - but was delighted when he was asked to join Them Crooked Vultures.

He added to Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper: "The O2 show was really good. We'd put a lot of work into it. It had to sound like the last night of a two-year tour.

"After Robert said he didn't want to do any more, I rehearsed with Jimmy Page and Jason Bonham quite a lot of last year. We'd put so much into the O2 show together, we thought, let's just start another band. We wrote new material, but we couldn't really agree on singers and it didn't work out. But after that, I was in that mindset where I'd probably do some touring.

"My parents were in variety, so I've always felt at home on stage. When Dave came along and said, 'Do you fancy trying out with Josh?', I jumped at it."