Friday, January 07, 2011 12:01 AM
Rolling Stone has a candid Robert Plant interview in this month’s issue of the magazine. Plant talks about why he won’t be taking part in any more Led Zeppelin reunion shows, why the sessions for his sophomore album with Alison Krauss didn’t go well, and why Tony Blair is to blame for his creative block. Plant also spoke of how utterly unimpressed he is with his musical peers.
Of Led Zeppelin’s acclaimed reunion show at the O2 in London in 2007, Plant says, “It was an amazing evening. The preparations for it were fraught and intense, but the last rehearsal was really, really good, for all that it represented and all that we were trying to capture. But I’ve gone so far somewhere else that I almost can’t relate to it ... It’s a bit of a pain in the [expletive] to be honest. Who cares? I know people care, but think about it from my angle – soon, I’m going to need help crossing the street.”
Of recording sessions with Alison Krauss intended to capture the follow-up to the duo’s Grammy-winning Raising Sand, Plant says, “The sound wasn’t there. Alison is the best. She’s one of my favorite people. We’ll come back to it.”
Of the reason he’s quit writing songs lately, Plants says, “The last time I lifted a pen was when Tony Blair became a Roman Catholic. We were supposedly going into the Gulf, determined to sort the world out in the name of tyranny. Then, once he had to leave the throne, he became a Roman Catholic and became a peace envoy in the Middle East. That’s when I knew the world was completely upside down.”
Of his ’70s rock and roll peers, Plant says, “There’s nothing worse than a bunch of jaded old farts, and that’s a fact. People who have written their story – they’ve gotten to the point where nothing moves. I don’t deal in that, and I don’t deal with anybody who deals in that.”