Jason Roche of LA Weekly recently conducted an interview with legendary LED ZEPPELIN singer Robert Plant. An excerpt from from the chat follows below.
LA Weekly: What are your reflections on LED ZEPPELIN being honored at last year’s Kennedy Center Honors?
Plant: I knew we did a lot of damage to people’s brains and ear drums, and I knew we wrote some great songs, but it was a very humbling experience. When I saw HEART perform “Stairway To Heaven”, I just couldn’t believe that song had anything to do with this 64-year old man that was sitting next to John Paul Jones. I thought to myself, “This is me… How did this happen?” The charm of the people involved in the project, from the president and across the board…it was mind-altering. I’ve been thrust in front of royalty all over the world, kings and queens and princes…but these guys were actually having a good time! The three of us were amazed that that sort of thing happened. That wouldn’t happen with Prince Charles!
LA Weekly: What still motivates you to keep pursuing musical endeavors in 2013?
Plant: The sound of a new project. The sound of music developing. For the last year or so, I’ve been writing quite a lot, and I like the way my voice sounds now. It’s not the same as it was years ago. I’m not a castrato anymore, but I’ve learned to get down into that pocket and have it sound good. So here I go again… Over the years, I’ve seen all of these artists that I respect that are able to create all of these amalgamations with other artists. I’ve watched the way John Paul Jones has worked throughout his life as a musician. I have great respect for him. He’s right in the middle of writing an opera right now and people are taking him seriously as a writer in the classical mode. But he can also play in THEM CROOKED VULTURES and play mandolin with Seasick Steve. I’ve learned that it’s good to keep moving and keep smiling!
Read the entire interview from LA Weekly.