According to The Pulse Of Radio, Robert Plant has teamed up with West End tenor Alfie Boe, best known for his stint in “Les Miserables”, for a new recording — and is hinting that more projects with him might be in the works. SundayMercury.net reported that the unlikely pair hit it off at during a chance meeting in a bar, which led to Plant joining the 39-year-old Boe in the studio to record a cover of Tim Buckley‘s “Song To A Siren”.
Plant chalks the new experience up to the constant broadening of his creative pallet. “The evolution of my voice is like playing a guitar,” he says. “The more you play guitar, the more dexterous you become, the more your fingers move faster and all that sort of thing. It’s the same with your voice. With Alison [Krauss], I had to learn to sing harmonies, something I’d never done with [LED] ZEPPELIN. My voice has changed over the years and now I’m duetting with a tenor!”
Plant had previously tackled “Song To A Siren”, which was co-written by Buckley and Larry Beckett, on his 2002 solo set, “Dreamland”. The track first introduced the late Buckley to millions when he was featured performing it on the final episode of “The Monkees” in 1968. It has since been covered by artists ranging from Pat Boone to George Michael to the MORTAL COIL.
Alfie Boe‘s new album, “Alfie”, featuring Robert Plant will be released on October 31.
Todd Rundgren who performed at Britain’s legendary Knebworth festival along with ZEPPELIN back in 1979, said that he doesn’t blame Plant for shying away from trying to duplicate his vocals from 35 or 40 years ago. “Robert Plant will probably always have a gig somewhere,” he said. “And the only reason for him to reunite with the LED ZEPPELIN thing is because it would just be huge money involved, I guess. But he has an opportunity to play music that he feels like. Some music that he may feel actually more akin to than what he’s, I guess ‘obligated’ to do (laughs) at this point with LED ZEPPELIN. Everything that he did after he left LED ZEPPELIN was an octave lower (than the ZEPPELIN songs). (Laughs) And now he’s got to go back and sing and scream at the top of his lungs.”
Robert Plant and BAND OF JOY will perform on Friday (September 30) in San Francisco at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park.