Robert Plant Says Heritage Bands ‘Hanging On A Life Raft’ | leisure
Robert Plant says bands that stay together for “20, 30 or 50 years” are “stuck on a life raft.”
The 73-year-old singer became famous as the front man of Led Zeppelin and founded the rock group in 1968 with guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones and the late drummer John Bonham.
After conquering the globe, the rockers of “Whole Lotta Love” split in 1980 after Bonham’s death and found each other in 1985, 1998, 1995 and 2007 for a few concerts.
Plant never wanted to stay in the group decade after decade, as other acts like the Rolling Stones have done, because he always longed for new musical challenges and never wanted to look “unfortunately decrepit” on stage to regain the glory of his youth to warm up.
And that’s what he enjoyed working with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss.
In an interview with MOJO magazine, he said, “The good thing about Alison and me is that we are soulmates.
“Most musicians start a band, then they stay in the band until it’s over – 20 years, 30 years, 50 years, whatever it is, and it looks sad, a cozy place.
“Neither of us is written in blood. We were ready to do something new and we knew how good it was before, so we can just reconnect and see where we are going. We have nothing to lose.”
Plant and Krauss have reunited for a second album, with ‘Raise The Roof’ – coming out 14 years after their first ‘Raising Sand’ collaboration, which won five Grammys – to be released on November 19th.
The ‘Stairway To Heaven’ singer believes he and Alison, 50, work so well together because they come from completely different musical backgrounds and worlds.
He said, “When I spent about the first year with Alison, I was so amazed by America. I thought I brought America down, but here was this whole world of country music that I hadn’t come across before. That’s the great thing about me and Alison – we are competently supported by a world of beautiful music that either of us doesn’t know too much about. “