Saturday, August 21, 2010

Robert Plant suggests little in common with Led Zeppelin bandmates; likely no chance of repeat performance, he tells Telegraph

One of these guys is not like the others. Robert Plant, second
from right, suggests his entertainment goals differ from those of
Jason Bonham, John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page.
The reason Robert Plant says he will probably not be seen working with Led Zeppelin again, as he did for one night only in 2007, has in part to do with things he feels he does not have in common with the other musicians.

In a new interview published by the U.K.'s Telegraph on what happened to be the singer's 62nd birthday, Plant discusses several aspects of his career from the original Band of Joy to his modern-day incarnation. That band has a pair of London dates on Sept. 1 and 2, but of course the article diverts several times into a discussion with Plant about Led Zeppelin.

Of that group's classic and historic run from 1968 to 1980, Plant tells reporter Neil McCormick, "We were never a middle of the road band; we were really quite fearsome."

In his article, McCormick overviews some of the highlights, twists and turns Plant has embarked upon since 1980, including "the vintage R'n'B of The Honeydrippers," "a wild concoction of hybridised world music with his band Strange Sensation," and his ventures into Americana, first with Alison Krauss on their "extraordinary, ethereal album" Raising Sand, and now with the wide range of genres one can expect at a Band of Joy concert, including "hints of wild psych rock to keep old fans entranced."

McCormick was one of the few journalists who spoke to Page in 2009. When they met at the London headquarters of Gibson guitars late last year, their conversation was about the instrument, of course because it is the subject of the movie It Might Get Loud, whose U.K. premiere Page was promoting at the time. Their conversation delved into Page's own beginnings with guitar and his eventual innovations, plus his current musical leanings and even his goals. As to the question of a possible Led Zeppelin reunion, Page gave McCormick direct orders: "You'd better ask Robert Plant what the future of Led Zeppelin is."

He even brings that up in his article, that he was under the advisement of Page to ask. The reunion concert happened once; would Plant agree to another?

"I don't think so."

Wow, this time, he doesn't sugar-coat his answer with some kind of statement suggesting it could be possible to do it every now and then, for the right reason. Such as in early 2007, when he was still touring with the Strange Sensation, and he told Jeremy Lawrence of timeoutdubai.com, "It would be wrong to say that I wouldn't want to play in a big stadium again, but it would have to be for the right reason."

Of course, he's not exactly addressing a Led Zeppelin reunion question there. Try his interview in the May 2008 issue of Uncut magazine, where he's reflecting on the Led Zeppelin reunion concert and says, "Hopefully, one day, we could do it again. Our profit is -- it's metaphysical."

What's astounding is that the May 2008 issue of Uncut, which also featured new interviews from Page and Jones, gained a write-up on the news page of Led Zeppelin's official website that year. Only six stories have made that distinction since. It's almost as if Led Zeppelin had some kind of a future that year.

Plant's current-day "I don't think so" does leave some wiggle room for him to change his mind. He's not giving a firm, resolute "no." But this is Plant we're talking about, a guy who changes his mind with the flow of the tides.

Now that he's telling this interviewer he doesn't think he would sing for Led Zeppelin again, even once, how does he explain himself?
"You've got to have a lot in common with the people you're working with at this time in your life. Everything has to move on and forward, in all relationships."
Hmm, so Plant's observing he doesn't have certain things in common with Page and company. What kind of differences exist?
"I know that bands that haven't put out a record for 10 years are playing to 20,000 people a night. But that's not the achievement. The achievement is to knock yourself out. It's a very selfish thing. The tail must never wag the dog."
Interesting commentary. So, in other words, he thinks he and the others have different goals in mind in terms of their desired achievements. He thinks the other guys weren't talking about new music.

This is what I have to ask, under direct orders from myself: Wasn't Plant paying attention when Page and John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham spent much of 2008 jamming on new material? Was he somehow unaware it was their intention to tour in support of an album of new material?

On the other hand, maybe the sheer act of releasing an album of new material isn't enough for Plant. After all, it wasn't that long ago that he and Page did go out with a new record, Walking into Clarksdale, and play to 20,000 people a night. The album sales weren't there, but the concert sales were. As a result, play "Heartbreaker," and the people are enraptured. Play "Heart in Your Hand," and it their bladders must be emptied. They were playing Zeppelin-heavy sets, and new songs like "Shining in the Light" had some curious neurobiological effect that would trigger long lines outside the restrooms.

And what did Plant do before all of the tour dates had elapsed? He walked out on the remaining dates. He obviously wanted something more than selling out arenas and stadiums only to have the vast majority of people ignore his latest achievements.

We can discuss ways stadium rockers can avoid the mass bathroom-break phenomenon until we're blue in the face. But one way to avoid it is not to be a stadium rocker. Have a more intimate show in a reduced-capacity venue, as Plant has done with his tour of mostly 3,000- to 5,000-seat venues in the United States this July, and you're more likely to attract only those hardcore fans who will not just endure "Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down" but, more importantly, sing and dance along with it.

If the measure of success and satisfaction is the ability to keep audiences captivated with lesser known songs like "Monkey" and "Harm's Swift Way" when you're also peppering your sets with the likes of "Misty Mountain Hop" and "Over the Hills and Far Away," then Plant has found that success and satisfaction with the Band of Joy in the intimate gigs they've been playing this summer.

He continues:
"You can create an intimacy that this music kind of demands and its not getting lost in some crazy cube which is going to be holding a car show the following week. Theatres are built because they were the boards for entertainment. Something about looking up into those proscenium arches and seeing all the dangling ropes and all that stuff makes you think, 'Yeah, I've actually made it! I'm an entertainer.'"

45 comments:

  1. I put off trying to get tickets to the 2007 show, thinking that they would be coming to the states after that - sometime. Now it's the biggest regret of my life. I understand it was a chance in the drawing of the tickets, but man I wish I would have tried. I was planning on traveling to as many shows in the U.S. as I could.

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  2. I think RP is self righteous and pretentious bordering on arrogant, and will never pay to see him perform under his own name again. He's spitting in the faces of hundreds of millions of Zeppelin fans.

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    1. No, he's not,! RP is a right on good bloke,and i'll tell ya,i met him in '75 at earls court,and he was so friendly,and unpretentious,and no hint of arrogance,/////........Top guy......................

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    2. I met him in 1994 and was lucky enough to spend time with him! He was seeking at that time a next move and I suggested Page Plant. He was reluctant but we made an agreement and he keep his word and toured the World in 95 -98! Guy just does not want to sing in the past. It hurts bc we did not see them in the hay day. I have cried that I was not born sooner, but I met him so what the heck. To be honest it is a bit of JPJ he is a little salty. Met him too and he was not nearly as nice.

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  3. The biggest reason that he won't play with Zeppelin again is that he can't sing that stuff anymore! I've heard the bootlegs of the reunion concert at O2, and they play nearly every song a half or whole step lower to accommodate his voice. While I get that he's made a fantastic transition to other than metal/hard rock genres after Zep, it's because he's had to. Let's call a sheep a sheep when it is what it is.

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  4. hello
    plant these days to me is like owning the fastest car theres ever been and driving at 20 miles an hour
    its just not what we want to here im sorry but get the led out or fxxk off
    someone once told me that the trouble with robert plant is that he is the most famous person in the room until jimmy page walks in !!!!

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  5. FIRST OF ALL I WATCHED CONCERT OF THE O2 AND THEY WERE AWSOME!!! sO WHAT IF HE CAN'T HIT THE HIGH NOTES!!! IV'VE SEEN pAUL MCCARTNEY IN CHICAGO HE CAN'T HIT ALL THE HIGH NOTES EITHER ON ALL HIS SONGS, BUT HE IS STILL GOOD!! i THINK IT IS A SLAP IN THE FACE TO LED ZEP FANS HE WON'T DO A REUION TOUR, AFTER LL IF IT WASN'T FOR THE FANS BACK IN ZEP DAYS WERE WOULD YOU BE NOW Robert? You might of not got a break in the music bussiness!!! Robert is the best with Jimmy along with him, i've watch them in the videos of page&plant they are awsome together!!! Maybe he doesn't have anything in common with the rest, because he just doesn't try too. What a waste!!! and very sad since they did have a great band together, just because a member of the band dies doesn't mean your friendships have too, Shame on you Robert!!!

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  6. This section on Plant playing more intimate/smaller venues reminds of a dialogue from "This Is Spinal Tap" in which asked by Marty DiBergi if the band’s fan support was waning because they were having to play smaller arenas than during their last tour, manager Ian Faith insisted it was instead because their audience was now more discriminating and we are becoming more selective of our audience. Robert is playing in smaller venues because he has to. A 15,000 arena would have alot of empty seats. If intimacy was the object and there was huge demand, he would do 3-5 nights in one city like the Allman Brothers for example.

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  7. Thanks for all your comments, people! Let me add to the discussion the words Robert Plant gave to Mojo magazine on this subject as they appear in the September 2010 issue with his image on the cover.

    Keith Cameron is the interviewer.

    What did playing that show feel like?

    "Too heavy. Beautiful -- but talk about examining your own mortality. As a singer, or a frontman. Crazy."

    And it's something you'd rather not do again?

    "Well, it's not about that. It's really like: What's new? OK, we could do it. We did it once. That was really the best Led Zeppelin gig since 1975, to me. But of course, it wasn't Led Zeppelin. Let's not forget that. Because that's why we didn't carry on [in 1980]. This whole kind of adaptation of intent is part of the way it goes now at this time in older musicians' lives. Pink Floyd are Pink Floyd? No, they're not really. Slade definitely aren't Slade. So, who's who? And what's the point? The point was made. It was amazing and remarkable. But to do that three or four nights a week -- what's that all about? Where is it essentially? Where's the new, beautiful, mature other way of looking at it that gives it a life in the 21st century? And what would you call it?"

    He shakes his head.

    "I think what I did with Jimmy [Page & Plant] had a great resonance. And sadly, it offended John Paul, and it was the last thing on my mind -- I didn't see it as being a major moment at all, I just saw it as something to do, really, another way of looking at something. We'd all been playing Led Zeppelin songs, one way or another, so I was mortified when I found it had offended John. I think we've got over it now, but ... y'know, it didn't carry the same oomph. And if the three of us got together and called ourselves 'Page & Jones & Plant' it wouldn't carry the same oomph. But you give it the title, the brand name and it's cloud cuckooland. I could see people starting to get a little bit above their station, so I [went to the bar] where everything made sense!"

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  8. I agree with nearly all of you. Plant is being a little selfish, but it's better for him than to admit he just doesn't have to. He is tired, successful, and grumpy . . . like old people can be. If he really still cared about giving fans THAT great experience, he would do it. I'm guessing his ego-esteem is on the cuff when Jimmy is in the room.

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  9. Would I like to see a new album? Sure. A tour? You bet. But, folks, it ain't gonna happen, so get over it. The mindset of the comments I'm reading are of little kids who aren't getting their way. The one we should all be pissed at is Jimmy Page for not letting us have the O2 DVD that he's sitting on.

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  10. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones don't owe us anything. They have done their job and done it brilliantly. We have their music to listen to forever. Those of us who have seen them in concert, treasure it... What makes them so special is the fact that they did not compromise and they left us with a legacy that is untouch by anyone else. I too would love to hear that they have decided to do something together, but respect the fact they are all in different places in their lives. When I hear someone ask Jimmy Page anything about another Led Zeppelin reunion, I cringe. The look on his face is sometimes so painful. Can you imagine how many times people ask him this on a regular basis... He has said many times how Led Zeppelin was his life, he loved the music and loves playing it and always will. Don't people see that it's a subject that should be put to bed. If Jimmy wants to put something together he will, if he wants to do new music, then he should be able to do this without the pressure of critics as well as fans analyizing and comparing it to Led Zeppelin. There will never been another Led Zeppelin as it were people, there is no John Bonham, and without him, there is no Led Zeppelin...
    Let them do what they will, when they will and appreciate what they give us as well as what they gave us. To me, music is in such a state of...well, I just can't even find the words to discribe it without sounding disheartend. I think there will always be a generation of people who will find Led Zeppelin, fall in love with their music and wish that Jimmy, Robert and JPJones would reunite and give it another go. I think the only one who is being selfish here is us.

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  11. Here is the cold hard truth…..Robert Plant is a very selfish entertainer. He is very ungrateful to the loyal Led Zep fans who bought the records and tickets that made Plant a multi-millionaire. I have never seen an entertainer like Plant who goes on tour and rearranges these great Led Zep songs and totally destroys them. I think the Band of Joy is the worst of them all. I think any fan of Plant understands the need to go out and be creative and to do the things musically that give him the most satisfaction, but for God sakes, throw us a bone once in a while and play some music with Page, Jones and Bonham. A few gigs to excite the fan base and to generate a DVD or live CD would not kill Robert Plant and he would actually show some appreciation to his fans who have stuck by him over the last 40 years.

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    1. There are so many posts that say Plant's voice doesn't cut it anymore and yet in the same breath say he's selfish and should do a LZ gig. Well dummies, you can't have it both ways. If as you say, his voice can't cut it anymore...how can he perform with LZ?? Maybe you want them to do a gig so you can bitch about that?

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  12. I have a real problem with Mr. Anonymous's statement made at 7:29 pm. How can you even dare to say that he is a very selfish entertainer? That is totally absurb and unfair. Like he owes YOU something. He rearranges those great Zep songs, as you put it, to add some new breath to them. Do you feel the same way when you listen to Dazed and Confused from 1975 or No Quarter from 1977? I take it you would rather hear the songs as you are used to hearing them on the original albums. If that is the case, you have totally missed the whole mindset of not just the members of Zeppelin individually, but Zeppelin as a whole. They have always performed certain songs not to a T but rearranged. That is what made them so unique and powerful. I would much rather go to a Plant show and hear a track that is given a new twist or reaaranged than to hear it as it was originally recorded 30+ years ago. I even expect it to happen and that is why I respect Mr. Plant so much. He is always looking forward and never remaining stagnant. You have totally missed what he has done his whole career, both during Zeppelin and after. And than to say you think the Band of Joy is the worst of them all... Wow, I wasn't aware you already had a copy of the album yet or have seen them perform a few times already. Robert Plant, nor Jimmy or Jonesy, owe any of us anything. It it is a damn shame that you feel that way and call yourself a fan at the same time. Any bone you should get would be one striking the back of your skull in order to get you to wake up and move on.

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  13. What is all this crazy talk about a Led Zeppelin
    reunion? I agree with Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin ended with the death of John Bonham in 1980. The surviving members got together for a special occasion and that was cool. Now let it be. If u want to hear Led Zeppelin live, do what I do and listen to HOW THE WEST WAS WON. Now, that's Led Zeppelin.

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    1. Now that is a damn good idea.

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  14. This statement is a good gage of Plants treatment of Zeppelin fans and his rather disenginious attitude towards them and most likly his ex-band mates. He made these comments at the height of the runion furvor "I wont be touring with ANYONE for at least the next two years". He didnt make it ONE year before hitting the road with this BOJ gig, touring even before an album is released to boot!.

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  15. I just have to correct the factual errors conveyed in the last anonymous comment. The revelant part of Plant's statement read: "After those dates [the Raising Sand tour ending Oct. 5, 2008], Robert has no intention whatsoever of touring with anyone for at least the next two years." It is true that Robert has been touring even before an album was released, and it is true that for Robert to have kept to his self-imposed embargo, he should not have toured until Oct. 6, 2010. His first concert date as part of a tour was July 13, 2010. He obviously made it well over a year. His tour was less than three months too soon, if you're splitting hairs over this for some reason.

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  16. Mark S. said "I put off trying to get tickets to the 2007 show" I tried hard to get tickets, but was unsuccessful. I'm glad, however, that Paris Hilton and other die hard celebrity fans got to see it :P

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  17. Nothing in common meaning he want's to do twangy country and Pagey, JPJ and Jason want to burn the house down with rock. Go YouTube Percy's BOJ crap and you'll see what I mean. Screw Planty. He can't hit the high notes anymore anyway. Not buying his BOJ CD.

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    1. If he can't hit the high notes anymore, why bitch about there not being a LZ reunion. He's doing stuff his voice allows him to do. He's moved on, grown people do ;-)

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  18. I remember John Paul Jones in October 2008 saying of Robert Plant, "He doesn't want to make loud music anymore." That's not true. I was at Robert's Raising Sand concerts, five of them, and his Band of Joy concerts, the first two of them. And there were loud moments -- more now than before.

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  19. Plant and co. put out a product that I bought and LOVE like no other. Can you not say you got your moneys work when you shelled out $15 for LZII or any of the albums. I think we are ripping them off by getting years of enjoyment for mear dollars. Those Zep concerts some were lucky enough to attend..... $10 or less.....yea, let complain that they owe us. We got a bargin. Their life is theirs, they owe us nothing. I'm willing to bet half the bitchers own a substancial boot collection that Plant and co. got no money from. They don't owe us shit

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  20. You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.
    (F. Nietzsche)

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  21. Do any of you even know or care to remember the heartache Robert Plant endured his years with Led Zeppelin?.. Especially, 1975-1980..Robert, Maurine (his wife) Carmen Jane, Karac, & Scarlett (Jimmy Pages daughter) were in a horrific car accident while on vacation in Greece..He almost lost his wife and Robert was severely injured & was told he would never walk again..Maurine crushed her pelvis among much more & needed a blood transfusion in order to live and all Robert could do was lay next to her & try to keep the cockroaches off of them both until arrangements could be made to get them back to London..The hospital was that primitive..He barely gets over the recovery process and gets a phone call from Maurine that they have lost their precious son, Karac, only 5 years old, to a respiratory infection..Robert was in the states entertaining US..The final straw was Bonzo's death in Sept 1980..John was Roberts best friend since grade school..They played together in a band before Led Zeppelin was even formed.. Robert was the one who introduced John to Jimmy Page..Now I ask you all, with all the bad memories this man has had to endure, I am most certain none of you would want to be in his shoes and go back & relive the most painful time in his life just so we could hear a Led Zeppelin Concert again..Who is being selfish NOW..Jason Bonham may be seated on the drums but that doesn't bring Roberts best friend back or ease his painful memories..There is no Led Zeppelin w/o Bonzo..It was the best of times & certainly the WORST of times especially for Robert..Do Not Judge Anyone Unless You Have Walked In Their Shoes..and it would take a mighty strong person to walk in Robert Plants..I am sure he has his reasons why he doesn't want to tour again as Led Zeppelin..Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones didn't loose a child, thank God, or have to bare the agony of that horrible car crash that nearly killed them both..They did loose Bonzo so all can identify there..Show some compassion and THINK before you write such hurtful things about another human being who has more than paid his dues to his fans..God Bless You Robert..^i^

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  22. I agree with Anonymous above...Plant,Page and Jones have had exceptional careers in the last 30 years. I grew up listening to Led Zep too and I have been a Robert Plant fan all my life. However, look at his face at 62...really look. This man knows and carries deep emotional pain. He also continues to dedicate songs to his late son. Led Zepplin wasn't happy for everyone...In any history that has ever been written, there have always been comments about Bonham and Plant missing their families on the road. Page gave up the guitar and Plant stopped singing after Bonham died...devastation...Keep in mind they were also very young men at the time. Has anyone out there ever toured?..I have...it takes an unbelieveable toll-mentally and physically...Also keep in mind-Mr. Page is almost 70 years old and Mr. Plant is 62...We will never recapture the early 70's...My older brothers saw Led Zep live twice and to this day say these were the greatest concerts they have ever seen...Both over a decade older than I-This was their time-their youth-Not my time or my youth-Our generation will only be recepients of an essence and nothing more. Please give Robert Plant a break. Remember words and thoughts have power. Let's not live in the past...

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  23. Go to a Robert Plant gig - Enjoy - It's a lot more real than Earl's Court in 1975. I've seen Plant a lot of times since 1980 and they were all better shows than Led Zep!

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  24. Robert Plant has been there for all of us over the years & gave 100% for his fans, cut him some slack!! some people just don't get it!!

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  25. Led Zeppelin died with John Bonham and resurrecting a corpse would be blasphemy. It wouldn't be the same, it would be selfish attempt to grab the loyal fans' wallets. Jimmy would like to make money and apparently so would JPJ but Robert has integrity. He could make boatloads of cash with reunions but he chooses to make something different and interesting. I just listened to Band of Joy for the first time and it's great. It doesn't have to be weighted next to a LZ album, coz it isn't one. It doesn't have to measure up in that way. But if they would make a new album, it would. And it would fail. These guys aren't the same anymore, they're not 25-year old golden gods anymore and to pretend that... Well, just look at how sad the Rolling Stones have become.

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  26. To the Aug27- 8:12 Anonymous, I would say your a Robert Plant fan, thats good, I agree with some of your points, But the bad things that happen to Plant has nothing to do with being in Led Zep, nor is any one to blame other then himself, Robert had more then his share of fun, unfaithful to his wife & offending God Whom you reffered to Blessing him. Not to mention they sepperated. As for Led Zeppelin I'm glad they didnt reunite, they lost there magical chemistry, the only injustist if there's any is the lack of Live recordings on film that didnt happen, and the continue lack of release's from the archives, I would love to have the 1969 Filmore west and many others, but no, thats where the being selfish is, as mush as they dont owe us any think, they wanted to be loved by fans, then there is a responsebility consern for our feelings, the way some people are expressing them selfs above, shows they are hurt by the lack of release's that still & should be happening,AS for Roberts solo careea was only successfull due to the magic of Led Zeppelin & the thirst of its lost.

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  27. I've oft said one issue with Robert Plant is he knows he's the most famous person in the room
    ...until Jimmy Page walks in.

    It took nearly a decade after the disbandment of Led Zeppelin for him to become comfortable with being the pilot of the storm, but once he had there was (and will be) no going back. I'm still surprised the Page/Plant collaboration lasted as long as it did, but circumstances were right at the time.

    Steve A. Jones

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  28. Wow. It frightens me that so many 'fans' have such self-entitlement. Are they just the more vocal, or did LZ typically attract demanding people?

    Since when does an artist owe anyone anything? You want Led Zeppelin? Listen to that album again that you paid for. What? You purchased the "Special Bonus Insurance Life-Time Guarantee" that 30-40 years later they would still play live for YOU? How much did THAT cost? My albums were each under $10 with no futuristic options. (Ten bucks = a good deal considering the 100s of times I've played each of them.)

    Or maybe you bought the "Future With Led Zeppelin" option when you bought that concert ticket in 1975. You're telling me it was the GREATEST concert of your life, but you're a bitter old sad sack that it ended that night (as promised)? Who is the ingrate? Plant or you? Get yourself a good set of speakers and a nice monitor and go watch that great concert again on YouTube. We're lucky so many of them were recorded.

    Ramble on, man.

    To the remaining fans, I find it fascinating that at this point in his career, Robert Plant can be fascinated himself -- by vocal harmonies. He talked about that during the Raising Sand tour. The members of this BOJ are all fantastic singers. I saw them in Toronto. The album doesn't do them justice, even on a great stereo. Or maybe they needed this year together to get into their groove. I can still hear the a capella encore in my mind; it was truly beautiful. Good for Plant and the band. I would have liked more Strange Sensation albums too, but I will continue to enjoy the three they made. Peace out.

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    1. Very well put - you can't demand things of them; they're not servants of the people.

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  29. To Anonymous on August 31 - 6:06 pm

    Jimmy just turned 67 and is in great shape..slim and healthy..looks great..the man lives to play guitar!! .the fact is if Plant can do it with BOJ than he can play for Zeppelin. For the many reasons he has stated for not playing again (not good enough IMO)it is a damn shame!! Perhaps a limited number of shows here in the US would be great!

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  30. Long Live Led Zeppelin!

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  31. While I'd love nothing better than to see Plant join Page & Jones for one final tour, it's clear that he's just not into it, and since that's the case, he'd just be going through the motions - and that would be worthless. It's been said by others here that Plant has many dark memories of his time in the band, and that's true - and furthermore, I suspect that some of those memories are of Page & Jones' reaction to his son Karac's death: neither showed for the funeral (they said they thought Plant needed time to grieve in private; Plant said "I thought I had friends...") Plus, I'd bet the farm that he chafes at the idea of playing second fiddle to Jimmy musically again.

    Ok then, so be it. To hell with flogging a dead horse. Let Jimmy come out with his new material & tour with it: I've never seen him, and I'm desperate to at least once....

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  32. To everything there. Is. A season.

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  33. Long live Robert Plant. He still melts my heart with that voice and those soulful eyes.

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  34. Plant damaged his voice In Autumn 1972 and foolishly did not insist on cancelling the remaining tour dates (Zeppelin had done so TWICE before.)

    Most oh his rearrangements of Zeppelin music is as stated by a respondent above, he must. These rearrangements suck, not because they're different but because they're awful.

    I like Plant, he's brainy and amusing and with Zeppelin, fabulous. His voice is today utterly shot and he can no more sing Zeppelin material than complete a translation of the King James bible - in Swedish.

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  35. Led Zeppelin was a stellar group in their day. Their music is still great to listen to but they will never perform like that again. They have evolved. People know their limitations...no one can sing like that forever. The real beauty for me is to appreciate their music from the past and the contribution they made.

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  36. Love Zeppelin, but I am ok with Robert Plants decision. As others have said they were profound and in the past. I am glad he has had so much success after Zeppelin. Trying to be what was may hurt that time. I want to remember them as a profound rock group and a tour as men in the older yrs may effect what was. God bless them

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