Skip to comments.Robert Plant Opens Up About Led Zeppelin Reunion, Failed Follow-Up With Alison Krauss
Posted on 01/07/2011 4:23:33 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
In the new issue of Rolling Stone - on stands and online in the digital archives now (subscription required) Robert Plant explains to writer Stephen Rodrick why he was unwilling to keep performing with Led Zeppelin after their 2007 reunion concert.
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thanks for posting this....huge Zeppelin/Plant fan....
my 72 year old mom always gets me Zeppelin books for Christmas with rare photos....was just reading one this morning....
thankfully i saw Zeppelin live, opening night at Madison Square Garden, 6/7/1977...
Here’s a hint. They’re too freaking old. Plant’s voice cannot hold up to the test of time.
I saw Zep six times in the 70’s and it was an awesome experience.
While I would hate to see Plant go the way of Rod Stewart (Atlantic City, 4pm so the seniors can see him and he can get to bed by 7) I wouldn’t mind seeing plant to contemporary stuff.
As for Page, he did a couple of soundtracks that were decent. To me, he will always be the mystical, drug addled guitarist who played better acoustic than electric.(IMHO)
So Plant’s just another cookie-cutter leftwinger? Not surprising but it’s too bad he couldn’t be more like Bob Dylan or something.
The Wrinkle Ranch is calling****
I was at one of the Zepplin concerts in the Filmore West in San Francisco in 1969. Still the best concert ever.
I ******g hate Jan Wenner and Rolling Stone. Plant sounds pretty down to earth. The royalties they must make from songs played on the radio for the last 30 years must be insane.
Jimmy Page supposedly has a very nice house near one of my offices. He shops at a place a 2 blocks away according to someone I know.
I always though J.P. Jones was the most underrated member.
Wasn’t there a movie from that show?
Heres a hint. Theyre too freaking old. Plants voice cannot hold up to the test of time.>>>>>>>>>>
He can pull it off vocally. But visually it is too ridiculous for a 65 year old man with a gray goatee and grayish hair to be jumping around like the 40 year old Robert Plant. Mick Jagger has looked ridiculous for 20 years.
“thankfully i saw Zeppelin live, opening night at Madison Square Garden, 6/7/1977...”
The Song Remains the Same, into Nobody’s Fault But Mine. The best was the encore. Half of Whole Lotta Love right into Rock and Roll.
As good as that was, I still think the 1975 tour was better.
Tony Blair is not a good guy and the Catholic Church got no bargain when he and Newt became Catholics. Blair and the Labour Party Islamified the UK during his reign. They pretty much destroyed it. Plant probably has more money then God. They had very catch tunes but were way overrated.
I'm 67 years old. I overheard my visiting sister tell someone when she was here for Christmas that she was suprised at how well Bill(me) was getting around.
I thought Humphh!!
Is that in the US or England?
Bonham was skinny wow. When I saw the reunion pictures in London I thought - who are those really old geezers with John Paul Jones.
US. I can tell you more PM if you want.
Sounds like the last company I worked at - it was in the music biz also - the Founders were stuck to their script and didn't want suggestions for doing anything different than what got them there in the glory days.
Good for Plant.
If they could do let say 15 shows(5 in NY, 5 in Chi. and 5 in LA) spread out over two months that could go a long way to do the final farewell.People would pay whatever the cost of ticket,traveling, etc. At least I and a few of my friends would.
Maybe it’s time for him to go country ;-)
I am younger but I know guys who play tournament tennis in their mid and late 70s.
Oh, that is OK. When Page was with the Firm, in the late 80s I guess, I had a friend who visited London and she saw him at a club, got an autograph for me which was a nice surprise.
I worship at the altar of Buddy Miller.
Yeah, I saw them too in April of ‘77...at the Pontiac Silverdome. General admission was all they had. I managed to get within 20 feet of the stage. Not too bad under the circumstances. However, the crowd was heaving forward, back and side-to-side so much that my friends and I lost sight of each other. Still, it was a great show and I would do it again if I thought I could.
What Tony Blair’s religious conversion and work as a peace ambassador has to do with Rock and Roll, then and now, I have no idea!
They don’t need the money. Plant obviously is not interested. I recall Roger Waters who really burned the bridges with the rest of Pink Floyd realized he wanted to bring the band back at the Live 8 Reunion.
Gilmour was not interested, Mason probably not and sadly Rick Wright died about a year later. Gilmour had said in one interview that Waters mentally beat on Wright and Mason so much that he destroyed their confidence. They needed a back up drummer and keyboard player early in their tour when they relaunched post-Waters.
Being in one of these bands usually becomes just a business arrangement. A lot of people cannot stand being around the others after a while in some cases.
Love Robert Plant but I’m sorry that he can’t belt it out like he used to.
I watched a Biography the other night on the BEE GEES. True talent. There is a lot to be proud of to be able to carry your music from the 60’s to the new millennium. Unlike the Stones, they are not pathetic.
Mick Jagger has looked ridiculous for 40 years......
Re: The Stones - Charlie Watts is not pathetic . At least he enjoys his first love jazz now , and has released some excellent jazz albums in recent years .
Could not be much worse than the WHO during the super bowl
no- the movie was from the 1973 gigs at MSG...
I saw that. My hubby watched it twice and called me in to watch it.
I was so touched by the love and respect those brothers had for each other.
I enjoyed them talking about harmony and the lack of it in music now.
I think they carried that harmony into their brotherly relationship too.
I was thinking more along the lines as a last time for the fans thing. Not a lot of traveling for them, spread out the dates to keep down the wear and tear. Let the fans come to them kind of thing.
Buddy and Julie make quite a pair vocally, no?
Don’t forget the lines taken/stolen from Robert Johnson, King of the Delta Blues...
Why do you think they didn’t pay royalties?
My friends and I were huge Zep fans until they released “In Through The Out Door,” which every one of us hated. It was like Zeppelin Disco.... ungh!
it gets silly to be Led Zeppelin after a while....plant can’t do his part anymore and without Jones...they aren’t even Led Zeppelin.....or you could even argue that without Bonham they aren’t Led Zeppelin.....
The music still holds up, though.
I was listening to Led Zeppelin a few months ago and it was obvious to me that Plant was trying to sound like Janis Joplin at one point on Zep 3.
Charlie Watts always looked like he was showing up for the paycheck but never had much fun. Has he ever smiled?
I agree, but there's something to be said for growing old gracefully. There's a lot of things I can't do at 40, that I could do with ease when I was 20. Plant has to be approaching 60, if he's not there yet. Certainly, the vocals wear down, along with the rest of the body.
Though I can't cite any specific interview, nor can I provide any links, I've followed Zeppelin over the years. From what I've read, the remaining members are content to let their "Stairway to Heaven" days be just that: a thing of the past. Something to bring out and dust off every once in a while, and then put it back on the shelf. Kind of like an old high school yearbook, or the girl you tool to prom. Remember the greatness, but don't try to relive it. (Besides, she's had 4 kids, and now goes 200+ lbs!)
p.s. Sorry, just noticed your login name, and realized that last line may not be appropriate. Your high school crush might now work in Walmart as a stockperson, and weigh 300+ lbs!
actually it was TSRTS into Sick Again then NFBM....
LOL! Yeah I think I have seen that one before. They are singing like hillbillies playing skiffle.
Okay here is Jimmy again in Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow Up starring David Hemmings. Who is the other guitarist destroying his guitar and Vox amp? LOL!
LOL! Jimmy is playing I think a Telecaster which was rare in itself.
I always liked Charlie and he always dressed like a gent. Brain Jones was the most interesting thing about the Stones and Charlie.
Don't know if you're being facetious, but the mellow and thoughtful album he did with bluegrass queen Alison Krauss was really really good.
Was that Jeff Beck smashing up the amp and guitar?