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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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?
The funniest part was seeing all the Led Heads mixed in with the Bluegrass fans.
I saw Plant about 5 years ago, and then saw him again with Alison Kraus a couple of years ago. He didn’t do any jumping around. Both of those shows were terrific.
I think it can be fairly said that Alison Krauss carried that duo. Wish I could have seen it, though. Wonder if they will get back together in future.
Yes that was Jeff Beck.
"Who is the other guitarist destroying his guitar and Vox amp?"
That's Jeff Beck, isn't it?
Yes .On his way to the bank . : )
He was a jazz drummer at heart . That said , he had fun ( just didn’t show it ) and was an intergral part of The Stones sound .
A famous anecdote relates that during the mid-1980s, an intoxicated Jagger phoned Watts’s hotel room in the middle of the night asking where “my drummer” was. Watts reportedly got up, shaved, dressed in a suit, put on a tie and freshly shined shoes, descended the stairs and punched Jagger in the face, saying: “Don’t ev...er call me your drummer again. You’re my fucking singer!”
Yeah, the kids are alright, but they say the darndest things. I wonder if they’re still hoping . . .
That was not Led Zepplin. Plant cannot do his Led Zepplin role at this age.
I understand. But you said something about him looking ridiculous “jumping around”. He didn’t do any “jumping around” - - he simply sung a whole lotta great songs, and I enjoyed the shows. He did do a few Zeppelin songs, and did them well. Matter of fact, he blew the audience away with a studio-similar rendition of ‘That’s The Way’. Naturally, he closed out with ‘Whole Lotta Love’, the first half being a slower, funkier version, and then about halfway through breaking out into the hard rock original version. Very cool. The concert with Alison Kraus was, naturally, mostly songs from ‘Raising Sand’. T Bone Burnett even got to do a couple of songs.
Won’t argue with that but
I saw LedZep twice ~1969,1970. What disappointed me was how thin the songs sounded done live without double tracking organ, guitars etc. In an attempt to compensate for this thin sound the lead singer (Plant) was constantly moving, emoting, acting. But that was Zeps early days and maybe they found ways to beef up their live sound in later years
My point being that a large part of Zeps live sound was Robert Plant singing and behaving like a young rock god on stage. This is embarrassing and idiotic at 65 and this is why the 2007 Zep reunion was a one time affair. There would have been a tour except for R Plant.